Johnny Lewis talks with AMA Pro Flat Track announcer Barry Boone after taking the win in heat race #3 at round 5 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com season at the Lima Half-Mile on June 30.
JL10 went on to finish 2nd in the Dash for Cash behind winner Henry Wiles, and had a great showing in the National main while racing with brother-in-law Jake Johnson to card a strong 5th-place finish.
Moving on to round 6 of the 2012 season at the Hub City Classic Half-Mile in Hagerstown, MD., the Pennsylvania resident returned to the site of his best-ever Twins Series finish (2nd-place in 2011) to take the #10 Scott Powersports/Saddlemen Seats/Wallace Trucking/AXO-sponsored Kawasaki 650R-based parallel twin to another top-5 finish of 4th-place.
After battling throughout the National main for the third spot on the podium with eventual 3rd-place finisher Jeffrey Carver, Jr. and Sammy Halbert (5th-place at Hagerstown), Lewis, Carver and Halbert had what was possibly the best race in the field while swapping positions for the final spot on the box.
After finishing 5th in round 4 of the 2012 season at the Springfield Mile I round, Lewis' last three outings are something to be proud of for the 3rd-year series contender as he continues to make his mark in The Rolling Thunder Show.
You can read JL10's full press release below.
Scott Powersports’ Johnny Lewis earns top-five finishes at Lima and Hagerstown rounds of AMA Pro Flat Track
Lewis remains in third place in the AMA Pro Grand National Championship
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (July 13, 2012) – In only his third full season competing in the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com, Scott Powersports/Saddlemen’s Johnny Lewis is consistently running at and near the front. Since the opening round, he has finished in the top five four out of six events. During the recent Lima Half-Mile in Ohio and the Hagerstown Half-Mile in Maryland, Lewis finished fifth and fourth, respectively, on his custom-built Scott Powersports’ Kawasaki 650.
Lewis dedicated the Daytona Short Track opening round double-header to his friend and former KTM factory mechanic, the late Mark “Tex” Adams. Since then, Lewis has continued to dedicate his season in memory of Tex.
“This has been my strongest pro flat track season so far,” said Johnny Lewis who wears national number ten. “We have a consistent program with many of the same sponsors over the past three years. This year, Scott Powersports and Saddlemen have stepped up their support. We’re in our third year on our custom-built Kawasaki Ninja 650 flat tracker. Mike Scott and Tom Draina have been pivotal in making this a top five bike that can win. I also want to thank AXO and Dubach Racing Development (DRC) for supporting me for many years and making custom products for my race program.” Lewis continued, “The Lima and Hagerstown half-mile races were fun and a challenge. I am more consistently leading laps and battling for podiums. The racing goals now are for continued improvement on the Kawasaki flat tracker, race line choice and to win an AMA Pro GNC Twins race.”
During the Lima Half-Mile on Saturday, June 30, Scott Powersports/Saddlemen’s Lewis rolled out his Kawasaki 650 to the line for the heat race. Lima is a cushion, pea gravel oval. In the first heat race, Lewis won away recording the quickest time of all three heat races. In the Dash for Cash, Lewis battled for the lead and at the checkers finished second.
In the 25-lap main event sitting on pole, Lewis in his custom AXO leathers and Arai helmet slingshot his Scott Powersports’ Kawasaki into the lead and continued to charge through the Lima track for the first five laps. In a turn, Lewis went low and got a little sideways in the thick pea gravel which allowed four riders to pass him immediately. He recovered and remained in the lead pack, within less than a second of the leader. Lewis continued to ride his fluid style and remain in the lead pack to the checkers, earning fifth.
During the Hagerstown Half-Mile on Saturday, July 7, Lewis on his Pit Posse and Penske Racing Shocks supported Kawasaki 650 he earned second in his heat race qualifying directly for the main event. Lewis went into the Dash for Cash determined to get more track time in preparation for the main event. He finished fifth in the Dash.
In the 25-lap Hagerstown Half-Mile, Lewis on his Silkolene-supported Kawasaki was among the lead top ten from the start. Realizing that he was not moving up an inch to gain on the lead pack, he changed lines to gain more speed. That allowed Lewis to win a three-way battle and move into fourth place at the finish line.
With six rounds of the 19-round AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com in the books, Lewis sits in third place with 97 points.
“I appreciate all the support of my sponsors. Unfortunately it’s still tough to make all the races. I won’t be heading to the next two rounds on the West Coast due to travel cost. I have some racing plans closer to home that will be announced early next week.”
The AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com has a short break before the next round, the Sacramento Mile on July 28. Lewis will not be traveling to Sacramento and the following race in Washington due to a limited race budget. Lewis and his Scott Powersports/DRD Honda CRF450R will make a return to flat track racing for round nine, the famed Peoria TT at PMC Race Park in Peoria, Illinois on Sunday, August 12. Keep up with Lewis on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lewis10 and his website at www.lewis10.com.
About Johnny Lewis
Professional athlete Johnny Lewis of Coatesville, Pennsylvania has been competing in the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship (GNC) for the past three seasons, earning eighth during the 2011 season with three podiums and a race lead. Prior to flat track, Lewis raced in the AMA Pro Supermoto Championship for three full seasons, two as a factory rider, where he was the youngest to ever win in the Unlimited Class. He won many championships, accolades and races as an amateur dirt track competitor.
In 2012, the 22 year-old Lewis will race the #10 Scott Powersports/DRD/Pit Posse Honda CRF450F in AMA Pro Flat Track Singles events and the #10 Scott Powersports/Saddlemen Kawasaki Ninja 650 custom flat tracker in AMA Pro Flat Track Twins races.
Lewis is thankful for his sponsors that make the 2012 season possible: Scott Powersports, Saddlemen, Dubach Racing Development (DRD), AXO, Arai, Simply Hart, Pit Posse, Silkolene, Matrix Concepts, 1.7 Cleaning Solutions, Penske Racing Shocks, G2 Ergonomics, Triple J Racing, Wallace Trucking, Ringer Gloves, K&N Filters, ALL Balls and Metro Racing.
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