2013 AMA Grand National Champion Brad Baker has had an up-and-down year in the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship, but has managed to persevere like any champion and top-class rider would to come around and improve his season as each race goes by. After breaking his arm earlier in the season during a practice crash, his training regimen was set back as a result and he has managed to adjust accordingly as a result of that injury and his busy schedule.
In the shot above, Baker gets down on the paint on the #1 Harley-Davidson Motor Co/Screamin' Eagle Racing Parts/Dunlop-sponsored factory XR750 during the first practice session at the Indy Mile on August 8. Baker qualified 3rd-fastest behind Bryan Smith and eventual event winner Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. and was able to bring the factory XR750 home in the 5th-place spot in the 25-lap National main, after what was reported as having his motors sent to Vance & Hines to get some more power and better reliability to help his results for the latter part of the season.
'The Bullet' has filed his mid-season report and you can check it out below to keep up with what The Champ has been up to since his last report earlier in the summer, and we wish him the best in his title defense this season, which unfortunately looks like it will be followed up with a top-5 instead of another year of wearing the #1 plate again in 2015. But we also know how this fine young man from Washington State operates and believe without a shadow of a doubt he will be back even stronger for next year. But right now, we've got four more races in the 2014 AMA Grand National Championship and you can bet Double B will be hard at it!
Press release courtesy of Brad 'The Bullet' Baker, the 2013 AMA Grand National Champion