Tuesday, January 29, 2013

AMA Pro Flat Track: Harley-Davidson Increases Contingency Payouts for 2013 AMA Grand National Twins Series Events

Round 10 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com season saw The Rolling Thunder Show share the limelight in Indianapolis with the 5th Annual Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP circus in the return to the Lucas Oil Indy Mile at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on August 18.

Waiting for the final qualifying round while the Indiana State Fair activities are going on around the premises are Kenny Coolbeth, Sr. and his son, Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. on the #2 Screamin' Eagle/Harley-Davidson Motor Co/Fox/Arai Helmets-sponsored factory XR750, along with the rest of the top riders in the sport.  

Coolbeth, the lone factory-supported rider and team in the sport, made his first return to the race track after having been out of action since the Lima Half-Mile on June 30 where he suffered a broken leg on the opening lap of the 25-lap National main, came back in a big way at Indy in qualifying in the 8th-place spot out of the 47 riders who took a timed lap.  The King of Cool then proceeded to finish in the 3rd-place spot in his heat race in order to qualify for the main event, where he eventually brought it home with a 5th-place finish for the evening in the 18-rider field.

Today, the Harley-Davidson Motor Company announced that they will be increasing their contingency awards in the upcoming AMA Grand National Twins Series Championship, doubling the payouts for anyone mounted on the company's tried and true XR750.  With all of the cutbacks in the sport over the last decade, this is one great announcement especially in lieu of all the support they have given the greatest racing series on wheels in the world over the course of the last 40+ years.

Riders aboard the company's long-standing weapon of choice in flat track will now be able to earn up to $4000 per win in each of the scheduled Twins Series events for the 2013 season.  Along with the extra millimeter in restrictor opening that the XR750 was given for the mile events for the upcoming season, and the minimum weight limits set on all Twins Series machines for this year, this should really help to keep more XRs on the grid for the foreseeable future. 

Bravo to The Motor Company for going the extra distance this year in helping keep the great sport of AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Series racing going forward.  You guys rock!

Check out the official press release below to see what the payout schedule looks like, and you better be getting your XR ready to go come Springfield at the end of May!

Harley-Davidson Increases AMA Pro Flat Track Contingency Purse

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (January 29, 2013) Harley-Davidson Motor Company is pleased to announce that it will double its contingency payouts to racers in the AMA Pro Grand National Twins class from $5,500 to $11,000 per race for the upcoming racing season.

For 2013, Harley-Davidson Motor Company will provide a $143,000 contingency fund for Twins riders competing on Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the series’ thirteen scheduled Twins events. The Twins contingency program will pay out up to $11,000 in contingency per event to the First through Eighth place finishing positions to riders on Harley-Davidson motorcycles per the following schedule:

First place: $4,000
Second place: $2,000
Third place: $1,800
Fourth place: $1,200
Fifth place: $1,000
Sixth place: $400
Seventh place: $400
Eighth place: $200

To be eligible for Harley-Davidson contingency awards, riders must display the Harley-Davidson Bar & Shield logo prominently on their leathers either on the front chest or right ribcage area.

“Harley-Davidson’s support for dirt track racing goes deep into the roots of the sport and we are pleased to increase the financial reward for racers who proudly carry the Bar & Shield in AMA Pro Flat Track competition,” said Kris Schoonover, Harley-Davidson Racing Manager.

“AMA Pro Racing would like to thank the Harley-Davidson Motor Company for all of its support,” said Dan Johnsen, Director of AMA Pro Flat Track. “By increasing support for the riders that are bringing fans across the country such thrilling entertainment, Harley-Davidson is helping to ensure the future success of the sport. We are thankful and proud to have them as a partner.”

For more information on AMA Pro Racing Flat Track series, visit www.amaproracing.com.

Company Background

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit harley-davidson.com.


  1. Wow! This makes the upcoming series more interesting to watch. With these larger prizes, I believe viewing will be more thrilling as the riders would certainly do their best to have the prize. I know I can witness a very nice race, but I hope it’ll be better than usual. :)

    -- Hannah Parkin


Keep it nice, but keep them coming!

---Please note---You can leave comments anonymously, but you can also leave them while logged into Google, Yahoo and other platforms.
We'd love to hear from you!

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.