In a year that has seen one rain delay (Springfield Mile I), one rain cancellation (Lima) and one event cancellation (Grays Harbor) in the early part of the season, the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship show has already seen it's share of ups and downs with only four events total in the bag as of mid-July.
But with the schedule ready to pick up with round 5 of the season at the Sacramento Mile on July 27, from there on out the rest of the season should be going strong and in full throttle as the stars and teams of The Rolling Thunder Show hit their stride, with nine events left on the schedule between the end of July and mid-October.
One of those events that everyone always looks forward to is the Labor Day Weekend running of the Springfield Mile, and this year's event will not only provide fans with a doubleheader of Expert mile racing, but will also see the debut of the new Pro Basic Twins Class that was announced several months ago.
The class, announced as a bigger stepping stone for the Pro-level riders now currently competing on 450-Singles machines, will see the use of Twins Series-based engines as raced by the Experts in the greatest racing show on two wheels in the world, and should give the 'junior' riders and future stars of the sport a stronger feeder system in order to get used to racing at speed on the half-mile and mile tracks.
Although the class will debut on August 31 and September 1 at Springfield, it will make it's 'official' debut during the 2014 season when it officially takes over for the 450-based machines on a full-time basis, but the Labor Day preview of the class will give fans, teams and riders a glimpse of what is to come in what is fast becoming the very near future.
In the shot above, riders get ready to head out for practice session number 2 at the Springfield Mile I on May 29, 2011, in round 7 of the 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season.
Seen in this shot (L-R) are Kenny Coolbeth on the #2 Factory Harley-Davidson XR750, Jared Mees on the #9 Rogers Lake Racing XR, Chris Carr on the #4 American Motorcyclist Assoc. XR750, Willie McCoy on the #59 H-D of Wausau XR, Johnny Lewis on the #10 Scott Powersports Kawasaki, Mick Kirkness on the #87 Yeager Cycles Suzuki, Rob Pearson on the #27 American H-D XR, Steve Bonsey on the #80 Dodge Brothers Racing XR, and Brandon Robinson on the #44 Action Motorsports XR750.
Also of note in the shot are Mees' then-tuner and master wrench, Brent Armbruster (walking towards camera-and now the head wrench for Henry Wiles and the Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati team) and Will Fulford of The Fast and Dirty.com getting some shots to add to his and wife Yve Assad's wonderful line of work in promoting AMA Pro Flat Track (kneeling, right with backpack.)
You can check out AMA Pro Flat Track's official press release below on what will be another historic weekend in Springfield over the Labor Day Holiday with the roll-out of the new Pro Basic Twins Class, in addition to the other great racing you've come to love and expect at the cathedral of speed at the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile oval.
AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Community Prepping for Basic Twins Races set for August 31-September 1, 2013 at Springfield Mile
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