Saturday, February 13, 2016

Harley-Davidson Back On Board as Contingency & Bonus Sponsor for 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship GNC1 Season

Great news out of Daytona Beach this week comes from AMA Pro Racing in the form of renewed sponsorship contingency and bonus monies being put up again by the Harley-Davidson Motor Company out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Long associated with the series' Rolling Thunder Show, the renewed support for the greatest racing show on two wheels in the world is a great added sign for the series fans, riders, teams and sponsors.

Having been involved with flat track racing and the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship since it's original inception in the early '50s, Harley-Davidson currently has one directly factory-backed rider in 2013 AMA Grand National Champion Brad Baker and a couple of other factory-supported riders including defending AMA Grand National Champion Jared Mees. Both Mees and his wife, Nichole were sponsored last year by the iconic American brand.

In the shot above, Brad Baker on the #1 Harley-Davidson Motor Co/Screamin' Eagle Racing Parts/Dunlop-sponsored factory H-D XR750 tucks in on the front straight during one of the qualifying sessions at round 9 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season at the Springfield Mile II on August 31.

With renewed efforts forthcoming from H-D and the changes ahead for The Rolling Thunder Show out of the home offices in Daytona Beach, the 2016 season which is getting set to fire up in Daytona in just 27 days looks to be even more fast and exciting for everyone involved. Everyone should be very excited as things ramp up as the season ahead approaches and takes the green flag on March 10.

Check out the official release below from AMA Pro Flat Track to read all of the particulars for the just-announced contingencies and sponsorship from the great folks at Harley-Davidson.

AMA Pro Racing and Harley-Davidson Confirm Sponsorship Support for 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track Season

Harley-Davidson Reinforces Racing Support with Flat Track Museum Exhibits

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 8, 2016) - Entering another year of their key sponsorship, Harley-Davidson Motor Company and AMA Pro Racing have confirmed that the same generous contingency and bonus structure for riders in the Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines class will be available during the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track season.

Over the course of the season, Harley-Davidson will show their support for the sport in the form of a per-race contingency payout totaling $96,000. Following each main event featuring AMA Pro Flat Track's premier division, the top five competitors will receive a payout, regardless of the brand of motorcycle entered. As a bonus to motivate the top rider racing for the Milwaukee-based marque, the Harley-Davidson mounted rider with the highest point total at the end of the season will receive a year-end bonus of $25,000.

Harley-Davidson and the Grand National Championship have been synonymous since the series was formed in 1954. To honor the heritage and the history of the sport, the Harley-Davidson Museum is hosting an exhibit featuring the work of the world's most renowned photographer of flat track racing, Dave Hoenig.

"Race Day: Photos from the Flat Track" will be on display at the attraction in Milwaukee, Wis. from Jan. 22 - Sept. 5. Flat track racing's preeminent photographer takes the viewer down to pit row and into the grandstands to document the thrills and chills of life in the fast lane. Hoenig has captured more than 1,000 races in his career, keeping his lens trained on the pageantry, emotion and camaraderie of a day at the track.

A second exhibit, "Racing Machines from KR to XR," will pay homage to the engineering and innovation that pioneered the sport. The Harley-Davidson Museum's Design Lab reopens with a focus on the role Harley-Davidson's hardscrabble engineering team played in creating the legendary bikes that would dominate the race tracks of the 1950s, '60s and '70s. In all, 10 of the legendary machines will be put on display for fans to view.

The iconic brand has had a long, lasting and important impact on the sport of AMA Pro Flat Track, creating memories, lore and legend for fans to enjoy. The Motor Company has also created lasting impressions on the stars of the sport. One racer, in particular, that has reaped the benefits of the Harley-Davidson lifestyle is Jared Mees, the 2015 Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Champion.

"Harley-Davidson has been a part of Flat Track for as long as I can remember," Mees said. "I've been riding the Harley-Davidson XR750 since I started in 2002, and I've been fortunate enough to gain their support throughout my career. A lot of what I've been able to accomplish has to do with the Harley-Davidson. I'm proud that I ride a Harley."

To learn more about the exhibits at the Harley-Davidson Museum, please visit

Next Up:

The 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track season will once again kick off with a doubleheader at the DAYTONA Flat Track during Daytona's Bike Week festivities. The twin short track races will take place at the "World Center of Racing" on Thursday and Friday, March 10 & 11.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit
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About AMA Pro Flat Track:

AMA Pro Flat Track is the world's premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or live stream the on-track action on 

About AMA Pro Racing:

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at
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AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014,

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