After a rough start to the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Twins Series season at the Springfield Mile I on May 25, there are probably not too many racers that are looking more forward to one of the upcoming west coast events then rookie Expert sensation Shayna Texter.
After a much-hyped debut in the Twins Series class over the Memorial Day weekend's kick-off to the meat of this year's schedule of The Rolling Thunder Show, Texter fought tooth and nail all day long in trying to tame the ugly beast that reared it's head in the form of a high-speed wobble that just wouldn't go away on the #25A Latus Motors/Triumph Racing/Castrol Oil-sponsored Triumph Bonneville. And fight she would as the machine did it's best to try and spit her off each and every lap she was able to muster up throughout the course of the day. And in spite of everything her great crew tried to do in order to overcome the mechanical or suspension malady, nothing seemed to work and she was forced to sit out the day's 25-lap National main at the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile oval.
So without a doubt, Ms. Texter will be looking forward to the late July stop on the calendar at the Sacramento Mile, an event she owned while campaigning the AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles Series during the course of the 2012-2013 seasons, winning both year's events after having garnered herself a strong 3rd-place finish during the 2011 event.
But don't worry, with the strong team backing she has from the Triumph factory and former 2000 AMA Grand National Champion Joe Kopp as the team's part-time rider, consultant and confidant, Shayna and her crew should be able to get things worked out on their new machines even before the Sacto Mile rolls around on July 26. And here's hoping that the series' next event, the Knoxville Half-Mile in Knoxville, Iowa this Sunday, June 15 is the one where her and team put it all together for her first big win as an Expert-ranked rider.
Check out the press release below in order to see what Shayna has to say about the series return to the Sacto Mile and find out how ready she really is to head west and try and make it three-in-a-row on the left coast!
Press release courtesy of SMI, the promoters of the Sacramento Mile.
Shayna Texter Eyes 2014 Sacramento Mile
Rookie Expert Calls Cal Expo Track One of Her Favorites
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 12, 2014) – The race is still a month-and-a-half away, but it’s easy to understand why Shayna Texter, the 23-year-old factory Triumph rider from Willow Street, Pennsylvania, has July 26th circled on her calendar. That’s when the AMA Pro Grand National Championship comes to Cal Expo and the historic Sacramento Mile. Texter comes into this year’s event with the confidence of having won the Grand National support class (Pro Singles) the last two years and she’s hoping her success at Cal Expo carries over now that she’s made the step up to the premier Grand National Championship.
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