Monday, July 25, 2011

AMA Flat Track: Johnny Lewis Rocks Sideburn Magazine on His Scott Powersports Kawasaki

Johnny Lewis on his #10 Scott Powersports/Dubach Racing Developments-sponsored Kawasaki 650R-based machine heads out for his heat race during round 11 of the 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship Series at the I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, MI. on Saturday, July 23.  JL10, who currently sits 6th in the overall point standings for the season, has been the dominating Kawasaki-mounted rider and team in the 2011 season, with the Scott Powersports team providing a great mount for him to campaign. 

After finishing 2nd at the Hagerstown Half-Mile on July 9, Lewis' night at Lake Odessa was a little more of a work-out for him in his second full year of Twins Series competition.  Failing to qualify for the National out of his heat, he made a great show of it in the semi, coming from the back and working his way to the front.  After a red flag delay, Lewis wasted little time in getting to the front, and winning his semi race to qualify for the 18 rider main event.  He eventually finished 13th on the night, and put in a great ride in doing so.  Look for more out of this great team at round 12 at the Sacramento Mile on Saturday, July 30.

Johnny Lewis has been improving dramatically this year in the AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship Series.  As the lone member of the Scott Powersports/Dubach Racing Development team, he has been putting in ride after inspiring ride in taking the Kawasaki 650R-based machine to some solid rides and results in the series, and in the process has been the highest qualifying AND finishing Kawasaki in the field. 

After their first season together in 2010, this season has proved that the team is getting much better at cranking out solid, top-10 results (barring his 13th from last Saturday at Lake Odessa) in order to stay in the top 10 of the 2011 overall point standings.

While at Lake Odessa on Saturday and enjoying the action, I shot a boatload of pics over the course of the day (I know, nothing new here!), and after returning home and reviewing them, I noticed in the shots I took of JL10 and his team that they are running a 'Sideburn' sticker on the right side panel of one their machines.  Sideburn, for those of you unfamiliar with their great work, is a British-based group of journalists that cover flat track racing in the UK and abroad.  And these guys do a great job of throwing out info on our great U.S. series, the AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship Series, as well.

So, when I found that Johnny and the Scott team were running one of their stickers, I had to throw them a bone to show that Sideburn gets rocked on here in the U.S. as well!  Check out what they had to say below (and a big thanks to Gary and Company at Sideburn for being so kind as to run one of my shots and talk about Stu's Shots on this side of the pond.  You guys rock, on AND off the track!


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