Chad Cose is scheduled to team up with Engelhart Research & Technology (ERT) for the upcoming season-opening AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship doubleheader rounds 1 & 2 at the Daytona Short Track on March 13-14.
Cose, a former AMA Pro Sport Hot Shoe Champion and Supermoto Lites competitor, had been fielding his own machines in The Rolling Thunder Show since the beginning of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season under his Chad Cose Racing marque. While finding decent results, the climb to the top of the ladder in the greatest racing show on two wheels in the world has been stiff and steep, let alone the costs to campaign a fleet including a Honda CRF450R in the Singles Series events along with a Kawasaki EX650 Ninja-based parallel twin in the Twins Series events on the calendar. Chad's last teaming was with the Waters Autobody/KTM team which wrapped up after the end of the 2011 campaign.
Cose' pairing with ERT will see him as the senior member on a team consisting of himself and 2013 AMA Horizon Dirt Track Award winner Jeffrey Lowery, who will be turning Pro in his Daytona debut in just over two weeks time. Both will be outfitted with ERT Honda CRF450Rs, the weapon of majority choice in AMA Pro Flat Track competition.
In the shot above, Cose is shown in qualifying mode at round 7 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship on August 11 at the Peoria TT on his #49 Chad Cose Racing/Bell Helmets/Utopia-sponsored Honda, where he qualified in the 18th-place spot and ended the day with a 17th-place finish in the National main event.
You can check out the rest of the particulars about Chad's pairing with the Engelhart Research & Technology team below in our press release that we just released to the media earlier this afternoon, and as always we wish CC49 and the ERT team the very best of luck at Daytona and throughout the rest of the season. Go get 'em guys!
"I am really excited to work with ERT as Tom is such a knowledgeable guy and puts 110% into his program,” stated Cose when asked about this new venture to kick start the new season. “That really gets me fired up to go out and fight for good results for not only myself but for ERT as well. We have already built a good relationship in the short time we have known one another, and I trust in his judgment and the direction he is going with ideas on bike set up, so it makes it that much easier making the transition from riding my personal bikes to the team bikes. I feel as if I have struggled somewhat the last couple of years trying to manage my own program, but I don't regret the direction I took at all,” continued CC49. “I think it has taught me some very valuable lessons and made me stronger as a person and as a rider. More than anything I'm ready to get down to Florida and really fight for it this year and be up front where I know I belong and show everyone I'm here to stay.”
Press release prepared by: