Saturday, February 6, 2016
Weirbach Racing Teams Up with Briar Bauman for 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship GNC1 Season
Great news out of the Hawkeye State of Iowa comes the announcement that Weirbach Racing, the winner's of the 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles Championship, have partnered up with 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Briar Bauman for the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship GNC1 season.
Bauman, who burst onto the scene in the GNC1/Expert ranks during the 2012 season with a 12th-place finish on the season and earning Rookie of the Year honors, had an excellent season last year while riding for the USC/Hart Racing Kawasaki team finishing in the 5th-place spot with five top-5 finishes, including a win at the season-finale in Las Vegas, and ten top-10 finishes on the year.
The Weirbach Racing team worked with rider Mikey Martin in the GNC1 Twins Series last year earning a best-ever finish for both of 4th-place at the Indy Mile in just their second year overall of campaigning their new, potent line up of Kawasaki parallel twins along with two other top-10s on the season.
In the shot above, the Weirbach Racing team takes a short break before action hits the track during round 7 of the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship GNC1 Harley-Davidson presented by Vance & Hines Series at the Indy Mile on July 11.
Team owners Richard (forefront, right) and son Ted (background, right) and rider Mikey Martin (blue shirt and hat, background left of center) can be seen in their pit alongside the team's #91 Weirbach Racing/Racing Unlimited/Spectro-sponsored Kawasakis.
The coming year should prove very fruitful for both the Weirbach team and new signee Bauman, giving Bauman his third-straight full season aboard a Team Green Kawasaki (Werner-Springsteen Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing 2014, USC/Hart Racing 2015) and the Weirbach team's third-straight season as well campaigning their potent Kawasaki mounts in the GNC1 Twins Series.
In the shot above, Bauman can be seen alongside his #14 USC/Hart Racing/Stevens Racing-backed Kawasaki in the team's pit area at the Lima Half-Mile during round 5 of the 2015 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship GNC1 Harley-Davidson presented by Vance & Hines series on June 28. Team owner James Hart is shown to Bauman's left in the red hat looking over the team's equipment prior to the first round of qualifying at the Allen County Fairgrounds.
With the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship GNC1 season just 33 days away with the opening rounds at the Daytona Short Track, and what is considered the unofficial kick off to the season at the Oglethorpe Speedway in Pooler, GA. on March 4, the Weirbach Racing team and rider Bauman don't have much time left to get the final items put together for the season ahead. But from the looks of their new mount in the press release shot, it looks as if they have a pretty good start already!
You can check out the team's official press release below, and from one Iowan to another couple of great guys out of the Hawkeye State, we wish the boys from Ottumwa and Californian Bauman the best of luck in the upcoming season!
Press release courtesy of Weirbach Racing, the Ottumwa, Iowa-based winner's of the
2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles Championship
Briar Bauman to campaign 2016 with Weirbach Racing
February 2 2016, Ottumwa, Iowa -- Weirbach Racing is pleased to announce
the sponsorship support of Briar Bauman for 2016, in AMA Pro Flat Track's
premier GNC 1 division.
21-year-old Bauman has accomplished much in his young career with series
wins at Daytona short track in 2014 and most recently at the 2015 season
finale in Las Vegas. The Vegas win secured Briar 5th position in the
overall series point standings for 2015. Briar also secured a respectable
6th-place finish at the inaugural Harley-Davidson XGames flat track event
last year in Austin,Texas.
Weirbach Racing's Racing Unlimited/Spectro/Barnett-sponsored
Kawasaki EX650-based GNC1 Twins bike
is shown adorned with the team's new
livery and National #14 of new rider Briar
Bauman for the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track
Grand National Championship GNC1 season. Photo courtesy of Richard Weirbach's Facebook page.
Briar's take on the upcoming season, "I am really excited to join Weirbach
Racing for the 2016 season. I believe we are capable of great things. Goals
for 2016 are to win a Twins National and finish in the top-3 for the series."
Briar is no stranger to the podium on a 750, with 3rd-place finishes last
year at Lima and Sturgis and in 2013 at Pomona and has set his sights on
reaching the top step aboard a twin cylinder bike.
Weirbach Racing's established stable of Kawasaki twins have been developed
and refined over the last 3 seasons with proven results. Partnering with
Racing Unlimited's Alan Rodenborn has been key to the performance and
dependability of the team's Kawasaki power plants.
Ted Weirbach commented, "We are proud and excited to sponsor
Briar. He is a great young talent with solid character and a desire to win. He
has proven that he has what it takes to run up front on all types of tracks.
I can't wait to see what we can accomplish together."
The team is busy building and preparing and testing motorcycles over the
winter months, aimed at a successful 2016 season. Dick Weirbach stated,
"We believe that things are coming together at the right time and it is special
to have a rider of Briar's caliber controlling the throttle. I am looking forward
to a great year."
About Weirbach Racing:
Weirbach Racing is run, owned and operated by Ted Weirbach and his father
Dick Weirbach. Dick is a veteran of the flat track scene for better than 35
years. He ran as a novice in the late 60's and owned a Bultaco motorcycle
shop for eight years.
Weirbach Racing was founded in 2000. In 2009, the inaugural year of the
AMA Pro Singles Championship, Weirbach Racing's James "the Rocket"
Rispoli took 2nd-place overall and in 2011 Mikey Martin won the Pro
Singles Championship. Other notables to ride for Dick & Ted are Henry
Wiles, Sammy Halbert, Aaron King, Jesse Janisch, Davey Durelle and
Check their web site for more information: http://www.weirbachracing.com
About Racing Unlimited Kawasaki/Victory/Polaris:
The multi-line dealership is soon to celebrate it's 25th year in business.
The store is one of the Midwest's largest 'Kawasaki Team Green' dealers,
and is also a Race Tech Suspension Center.
For more information see: http://www.racingunlimited.com