Wednesday, October 12, 2011

AMA Flat Track: AMA Pro Singles Championship to Be Decided at Pomona

Gerit Callies on the #76L Twenty Six Suspension/G2 Ergonomics/Vortex Sprockets/O'Neal-sponsored Honda CRF450R works the low line during practice for round 14 of the 2011 AMA Pro Singles Grand National Championship Series at the Peoria TT on August 21.  Series points leader Mikey Martin on his #91Y Weirbach Racing Honda holds true to his line while the duo sprints out of turn 5 in the run to the stripe at the home of the Peoria Motorcycle Club.

Callies would go on to out-qualify Martin, 26.214 to 26.348 for 2nd and 3rd qualifying spots behind fast qualifier Briar Bauman at 26.093 seconds, and would take 2nd in the Pro Singles main event behind declared winner Mikey Avila, after Briar Bauman was disqualified for a fuel test oversight.  Martin would finish the day in the 5th spot.  The two contenders for the 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles Championship both have three wins on the year.

With the final battle to the championship to be decided at the Pomona round this Saturday, the run to the end should surely be exciting, just as the year behind us has been. 

A big thanks goes out to AMA Pro Flat Track and for putting on some great racing this year and for putting up the championship points fund to the tune of $25K. hit it out of the park in the 2011 season, their second as the title sponsorship of the AMA Pro Singles Series.

Mikey Martin displays his check for winning round 11 of the 2011 AMA Pro Singles Grand National Championship Series event at the Lake Odessa round in late July.  The series points leader took his #91Y Weirbach Racing/General Engineering/Barnett Clutches/Spectro-sponsored Honda CRF450R to the win over runner-up Conner Anderson (being interviewed by AMA Pro Flat Track official announcer Barry Boone) and 3rd place finisher Jake Shoemaker (far right.)  Martin took charge after early leader Mikey Avila suffered a mechanical, and went on to win by 4.322 seconds over Anderson, for what was at the time his second win of the season.

With two laps to go in round 16 action of the 2011 AMA Pro Singles Grand National Championship Series event at the Springfield Mile II in early September, Jake Shoemaker on his #55A Scott Powersports/REV-IT/Roy Miller Engines/Penske Suspension-sponsored Honda CRF450R makes an outside move on Zakk Palmer (partially hidden) on the #81C Western Hills Honda/Rick Soucie/TLC Racing/Angie Beighle-sponsored Honda, which he would duplicate at the checkers to take the win for the day.  Hot on their heels are eventual 3rd place finisher Briar Bauman on his #10Z Honda, and eventual 4th place finisher Shayna Texter on her #25A RLT Racing/Lancaster H-D/Herr's/Invisible Glass-sponsored Honda.  Palmer crossed the stripe just .002 seconds behind winner Shoemaker, with Bauman another .008 back and Texter just .016 seconds behind Bauman.

Heading to Pomona, Palmer sits in the 11th spot in the Pro Singles Championship (95 points) with two wins (he only ran a partial schedule this season) and Shayna Texter has worked her way into the 8th spot of the standings (116 points.)  Texter became the first woman to win an AMA Pro Flat Track event in mid September by beating Briar Bauman in a come-from-behind race that saw her chase down early leader Bauman to win the Knoxville Half-Mile round.  Very impressive indeed and a well earned victory for one of The First Ladies of AMA Pro Flat Track!

Third place finisher Briar Bauman is interviewed on the podium at the Springfield Mile II on September 4, while winner Jake Shoemaker and runner-up Zakk Palmer discuss their day with Miss AMA Pro Flat Track, Jenn Lewis.  Round 16 of the 2011 AMA Pro Singles Grand National Championship Series saw the three finish within .010 seconds of one another after the 12 lap Pro Singles main event. 

Shoemaker sits in the 4th spot of the Pro Singles Championship heading to Pomona with 158 points, six up on 5th place man Jason Isennock.  William Cato lies in the 6th spot with 133 points.

Mikey Avila on the #33E SDI Insulation/MEH Corp/Boughner Racing/Arai-sponsored Honda CRF450R leads Briar Bauman on the #10Z Rod Lake Racing/Browns Cycles/Lazer Racing/Gene & Gail Cummings-sponsored Honda during the AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles main event at the Peoria TT on August 21, 2011.  Bauman got the best of Avila on the track, but was DQed after a bad fuel test, relegating Avila to the top spot for the day, and his 5th win (of 6 total) of the season.  Avila leads the series in wins going into the last round of the season at the Pomona Fairplex on Saturday, October 15, but sits in the 2nd spot in the championship, 14 points behind series points leader Mikey Martin, 303-289 points.

Bauman turned pro just past the mid-point of the season at the Sacramento round, and is quickly showing the world that there is still a hot-bed of racers coming out of the Salinas, CA. area (think Doug Chandler and the late Ricky Graham to name just two!) and has gone on to win two events since his unfortunate disqualification at Peoria in late August.  The former Horizon Award winner should be a force to be reckoned with come the 2012 season, as in his short time in the series he has worked his way into the 7th spot of the championship (118 points.)

Press release courtesy of AMA Pro Flat Track and Pro Singles Flat Track Season Finale

MEDFORD, Ore. (October 12, 2011) - On Saturday, October 15, the AMA Pro Singles Grand National Flat Track season will come to a dramatic close at the Pomona Half-Mile in Southern California. The AMA Pro Singles Grand National Champion is yet to be determined, and with a points fund of $25,000 up for grabs, riders will be laying it all on the line in this intense final battle. The race will be followed by the AMA Pro Racing Flat Track Banquet on Sunday, which will celebrate the closing of another wild season of Flat Track action.

With the point standings in each of the three flat track classes almost neck and neck, spectators can count on incredible racing this Saturday. In the Pro Singles class, three riders are poised to potentially take the title this season. Michael Martin currently leads the pack, with a total of 303 points, but both Michael Avila and Gerit Callies are close enough to win it all with 289 and 288 points, respectively. The rider who finishes the Pomona Half-Mile race in first place will be awarded 23 points. So, with a little luck, Avila and Callies still have a solid shot at the title. Fans will have the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the bikes and meet the riders prior to the action, as pits will be open between 5:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. With everything on the line in this final round of racing, this weekend’s event will be one for the record books.

The season finale banquet will be held on Sunday, October 16, at the Radisson Suites Hotel in Covina, California, where the $25,000 Pro Singles Point Fund will be awarded to the top six riders in the AMA Pro Singles class. The rider who finishes at the top of the points standings will be presented with a $10,000 check; second place receives $5,000; third place gets $4,000; fourth place is awarded $3,000; fifth place earns $2,000; and the sixth place rider receives a $1,000 check.

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