Sunday, December 11, 2016

Weirbach Racing & 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track Rookie of the Year Jake Shoemaker to Team Up for 2017 American Flat Track Series (formerly AMA Pro Flat Track)

2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles Championship-winning team Weirbach Racing announced last week that they would be partnering with former 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Jake Shoemaker for the upcoming 2017 American Flat Track Series (formerly AMA Pro Flat Track.)

The Ottumwa, Iowa-based team will see another rider change in their operation after having Briar Bauman on their Kawasaki mounts during the 2016 season, and Shoemaker having ridden for the Bonneville Performance Triumph team the last couple of years. With Shoemaker's experience on Kawasakis and the Weirbach's coming into their third full season with a Kawasaki-based team both should see improved results once the season hits full stride in late spring of 2017.

In the shot above, team co-owners Ted and Richard Weirbach ready their Weirbach Racing/Racing Unlimited/Kawasaki/Barnett-sponsored Kawasaki EX650 for rider Briar Bauman #14 prior to the start of the 25-lap National main round of the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Series at the Springfield Mile I on May 29.

Hopefully for both the Weirbach Racing team and newly-acquired rider Shoemaker this new pairing announced last week will prove to be the fit that works for all in the upcoming season. We're looking forward to seeing them jive as the season approaches in 2017.

Check out the press release below thanks to Weirbach Racing, and we wish the best of luck to Richard, Ted and Jake in the season ahead. Go get 'em guys!

Jake Shoemaker to pilot Weirbach Racing Kawasaki’s in 2017

For Immediate Release:
December 2, 2016 -- Ottumwa, Iowa Weirbach Racing is pleased to announce the sponsorship support of Jake Shoemaker, National #55, for the upcoming 2017 American Flat Track Twins series.

23-year-old Shoemaker has accomplished much in his young career, earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2013. A pair of podium finishes in 2014 helped him finish the year in the top ten of the class as a privateer. He also had the opportunity to ride the factory-backed Bonneville Triumph for the last two seasons.

Jake’s thoughts on the upcoming season,  “I’m excited to join a program that is built around the same motorcycle that I had early success on in my Expert Twins career. Weirbach Racing has always had top notch equipment and with my understanding of dialing in my preferences in bike set up for changing track conditions, I am confident we will do very well. I have a very positive outlook for 2017 and I cannot wait for the season to get started.”
Jake Shoemaker's National #55 adorns the Weirbach Racing
transporter. The Iowa-based team announced earlier last
week that they would be partnering with the former Rookie of
the Year in AMA Pro Flat Track for the upcoming 2017
American Flat Track season. Photo courtesy of
Weirbach Racing.
 Ted Weirbach added, “Jake is a great fit for our team. He works extremely hard on and off the track. We have had a good relationship for years and I am pleased that we finally have the opportunity to work together.”

               The team is busy building, preparing and testing motorcycles over the short off-season, aimed at a successful 2017 campaign. Dick Weirbach stated, “We know Jake has had success on Kawasakis in the past and we really look forward to working with him. Jake is always focused and will bring a high level of talent to our program. “ 

About Weirbach Racing-

Weirbach Racing is run, owned and operated by Ted Weirbach and his father Dick Weirbach.  Dick is a veteran of the flat track scene for better than 35 years.  He ran as a novice in the late '60’s and owned a Bultaco motorcycle shop for eight years. Weirbach Racing was founded in 2000.  In 2009, the inaugural year of the AMA Pro Singles Championship, Weirbach Racing’s James “the Rocket” Rispoli took second-place overall and in 2011 Mikey Martin won the Pro Singles Championship. Other notables to ride for Dick & Ted are Briar Bauman, Henry Wiles, Sammy Halbert, Aaron King, Jesse Janisch, Davey Durelle and Rob Pearson.  
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