Briar Bauman on the #10Z Rod Lake Racing/Russo Construction/Browns Cycle/Arai-sponsored Honda CRF450R during final qualifying at round 12 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship at the Springfield Short Track on September 15, good enough for 5th-fastest on the night out of the 48 riders who took a timed qualifying lap.
Bauman would go on to his best finish of the season later in the evening (4th-place) and just missing the podium by .135 seconds. He would finish the season ranked as the 12th-place rider in the overall standings and capture the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Award at the season-ending banquet ceremonies held in Pomona.
After being one of the most-traveled riders in his freshman campaign in The Rolling Thunder Show (riding Kawasakis, Hondas and Suzukis), Double B announced over the off-season that he was signing to ride for the Yamaha-backed Babe DeMay Memphis Shades team.
The team made it's debut at rounds one and two of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season at the Daytona Short Track last week, and had a rough go of it for Bauman's start to his sophomore season. But you can be sure that not only will last year's Rookie of the Year turn it around, so will the team headed-up by one of the long-standing and hardest working tuners in the business.
You can check out their press release below, and be sure to keep an eye on the new team when they head to the next round of the series at the Stockton Half-Mile in May!
Press release courtesy of Briar Bauman/Babe DeMay Racing and Tyler Porter/Fight For Dirt Track.com
(In alphabetical order) Barnett Clutches, Big Gun Exhausts, CJ signs, Cometic Gaskets, Comp Cams, CV4, Falicon Cranks, G2 Ergonomics, K&N Filters, Millennium Technologies, Motion Pro Cables and Tools, MSD Ignition, Saddlemen Seats and Luggage, Silkolene Lubricants, Wiseco Pistons, Works Connection and Xceldyne.
Briar Bauman would like to thank the following personal sponsors for their support during the 2013 season:
(In alphabetical order) Arai Helmets, DC10, Drew Massa Transportation, Eks Brand Goggles, Fly Racing, Gene and Gail Cummings, Rod Lake Racing, Russo Construction and Specialty Fabrications Incorporated.