Brad Baker Claims GNC Expert Singles Title

Saddlemen racers on the podium at PeoriaSaddlemen swept the GNC Expert Singles podium at Peoria (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - August 13, 2013 - The 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track Series hit the halfway point at the Peoria TT this weekend, and Saddlemen celebrated yet another class championship and podium sweep as well as an historical achievement.

AMA Pro GNC Expert Singles

The last time someone other than Henry Wiles won the Peoria TT, the Summer Olympics in Athens were wrapping up, gasoline prices were hitting record highs at around $2/gallon, and Facebook was just getting off the ground. The year was 2004.

Henry Wiles headed to Peoria, Illinois tied with AMA Hall of Famer Chris Carr for the most consecutive wins at a single facility with 8; both coincidentally at Peoria. Wiles was not only chasing the record, however. Just two points behind Brad Baker in the GNC Expert Singles standings, Peoria served as the fourth and final Expert Singles race of the season and Wiles was in as good a position as anybody to claim the 2013 title.

Saddlemen racer Henry Wiles wins again at PeoriaHenry Wiles won for the record-setting 9th straight time at Peoria (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

After being forced to qualify in a semifinal, Wiles was slotted in the third row as the GNC racers lined up for the start of the main event Sunday. Wiles kept his cool, however, meticulously picking his way through the field and charging into the lead on lap nine and holding on to beat Baker by more than three seconds.

Wiles claimed his 9th straight victory at Peoria, but the new record holder for most consecutive wins at a single facility fell just short of a second honor on the weekend. Saddlemen rider Brad Baker put in a strong 2nd place effort, enough to stay ahead in the points tally and claim the 2013 GNC Expert Singles title.

JD Beach returned to Flat Track competition for just the second time this year. Taking a break from his successful season in the Daytona SportBike class, Beach finished 3rd at Peoria. Briar Bauman finished in 5th.

Saddlemen racer Brad Baker is the 2013 GNC Expert Singles championBrad Baker took 2nd and claimed the 2013 GNC Expert Singles title (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Brad Baker is the 2013 GNC Expert Singles champion, with Henry Wiles finishing in 2nd, Jared Mees finishing 3rd and Steven Bonsey finishing 5th. The six remaining rounds will decide the GNC Expert Twins and Combined champions, however Baker holds onto comfortable leads in both races. Sammy Halbert is in 2nd in the Expert Twins standings, while 2012 Champ Jared Mees joins Wiles in the Combined standings top-5.

Saddlemen GNC Expert Singles Results - Peoria
1. H. Wiles; 2. B. Baker; 3. JD Beach; 5. B. Bauman; 7. R. Pearson; 8. J. Mees; 15. M. Rush; 17. C. Cose; 18. B. Robinson

Saddlemen GNC Expert Singles FINAL Standings - Top-10
1. B. Baker; 2. H. Wiles; 3. J. Mees; 5. S. Bonsey; 6. B. Robinson; 7. M. Rush; 10. R. Pearson

Saddlemen's JD Beach finished 3rdJD Beach completed the Saddlemen podium sweep with a 3rd place finish (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Saddlemen GNC Combined Standings - Top-10
1. B. Baker; 2. H. Wiles; 4. J. Mees; 6. B. Robinson; 8. S. Halbert; 9. R. Pearson; 10. K. Coolbeth Jr.

AMA Pro J&P Pro Singles

Saddlemen rider Dan Bromley led the charge in the Pro Singles race at PMC Race Park Sunday, leading early in the race before crashing on the jump during the fourth lap. Despite lining up at the back of a staggered restart, Bromley fought through the field to a 2nd place finish. It was Bromley’s second podium finish of the season, and he sits in 10th place in the standings.

Saddlemen’s Ryan Wells finished 7th at Peoria, adding precious points to his strong 2013 campaign. Wells has been the mark of consistency in the Pro Singles class this year, finishing in the top-10 in every event. Wells is tied for the class lead with just four events remaining on the Pro Singles schedule.

Dan Bromley placed 2nd at Peoria's Pro SinglesDan Bromley hit the podium with a 2nd place in the Pro Singles at Peoria (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Saddlemen Pro Singles Results - Peoria
2. D. Bromley; 7. R. Wells; 8. S. Vanderkuur; 13. C. Johncox; 17. D. Colindres

Saddlemen Pro Singles Standings - Top-10
T-1. R. Wells; 5. S. Vanderkuur; 6. D. Colindres; 7. S. Texter; 10. D. Bromley

Round 8 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track Series next heads to Indianapolis for the Indy Mile on August 17, 2013. Follow Saddlemen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.

Jared Mees led the way for Saddlemen riders in the GNC Expert Singles race at Castle RockJared Mees finished 2nd in the GNC Expert Singles race (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - August 6, 2013 - Saddlemen rolled into Castle Rock Race Park with high expectations and racers vying for some crucial mid-season points. Just about the halfway point of the season, Round 6 resulted in four podium finishes highlighted by the first win of the season for Dominic Colindres in Pro Singles.

GNC Expert Singles

Jared Mees led the way for Saddlemen riders in the GNC Expert Singles race at Castle Rock. With just four races in the Expert Singles Championship every event is an opportunity for critical points.

Mees seemed to sense the urgency as he jumped out to grab the holeshot off the line. Mees was unable to hold the lead, however, and settled into third behind fellow Saddlemen rider Briar Bauman for a majority of the race. Bauman was pressing for the lead late in the race when he crashed, preventing him from finishing the race.

Steve Bonsey tool 3rd place, joinding Jared Mees 2nd, Henry Wiles 4th, and Brad Baker 5th.Steve Bonsey hit the podium for the first time this season at Castle Rock (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Mees took 2nd place and Steven Bonsey joined him on the podium in 3rd. Henry Wiles started in 13th position but picked his way through the crowd to finish 4th, and Brad Baker rounded out the top-5.

With just one round remaining and a tight spread in the points standings the GNC Expert Singles title is anybody’s to claim. Brad Baker leads the group with 45 points, while Mees follows with 44, Wiles with 43, and Brandon Robinson with 42. Baker also leads the GNC Combined standings by a wide margin, with Wiles, Robinson and Mees all in the top-5.

Saddlemen GNC Expert Singles Results - Castle Rock
2. J. Mees; 3. S. Bonsey; 4. H. Wiles; 5. B. Baker; 8. S. Halbert; 9. K. Coolbeth; 10. M. Martin; 12. K. Kolkman; 14. R. Pearson; 15. D. Lawrence; 18. Briar Bauman

Saddlemen GNC Expert Singles Standings Top-10
1. B. Baker; 2. J. Mees; 3. H. Wiles; 4. B. Robinson; 6. M. Rush; 7. S. Bonsey; 8. K. Coolbeth

Saddlemen GNC Combined Standings Top-10
1. B. Baker; 3. H. Wiles; 4. B. Robinson; 5. J. Mees; 7. S. Halbert; 8. K. Coolbeth; 10. R. Pearson

Saddlemen rider Dominic Colindres led the race wire-to-wire and won at Castle Rock Race Park by more than two seconds.Dominic Colindres won the Pro Singles race for the first time this season (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

J&P Pro Singles

Saddlemen rider Dominic Colindres was dominant in his winning ride at Castle Rock Race Park. Colindres, who finished 4th in the Pro Singles class in 2012, has gotten his 2013 season off to a bumpy start with just one top-10 finish heading into Round 6. Starting in pole position, Dominic led the race wire-to-wire and won his first of 2013 by more than two seconds.

Bronson Bauman may have only turned 16 a couple months ago, and thereby qualified for AMA competition, but he is already showing that he belongs with his first career podium at Castle Rock. Bauman started in fifth but after working his way into second was able to cruise to a comfortable 2nd place finish.

The victory launched Colindres from 9th in the standings up to 4th, and with just five Pro Singles races left on the schedule both Colindres and Ryan Wells are within striking distance for the class title. Bauman continues to fly up the standings with solid results, this week cracking the top-10.

Dominic Colindres and Bronson Bauman on the podium at Castle Rock.Colindres (center) was joined by Bronson Bauman (left) in 2nd, the first podium of his career (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Saddlemen Pro Singles Results - Castle Rock
1. D. Colindres; 2. Bronson Bauman; 9. R. Wells; 11. G. Callies; 13. C. Crowley

Saddlemen Pro Singles Standings Top-10
2. R. Wells; 4. D. Colindres; 6. S. Texter; 7. S. Vanderkuur; 9. Bronson Bauman

Round 7 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track series is set for August 11th at Peoria TT in Illinois, and will feature the final race of the GNC Expert Singles Championship. Follow Saddlemen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.

Saddlemen will be on hand at both Black Hill Harley Davidson in Rapid City and at J&P Cycles in downtown Sturgis August 1-11Come see Saddlemen at Black Hills H-D in Rapid City and J&P Cycles in downtown Sturgis, August 1-11.

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - July 31, 2013 - Saddlemen is heading out for one of the biggest motorcycle events of the year, the 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Saddlemen will be exhibiting at J&P Cycles in Sturgis and Black Hills Harley-Davidson in Rapid City throughout the rally, August 1-11.

Saddlemen has become a regular fixture at Sturgis, and each year Saddlemen product specialists relish the opportunity to meet dealers and consumers alike. Whether you’re coming to Sturgis with some items on the shopping list or you’re just browsing, stop by J&P Cycles or Black Hills Harley to get an up-close and personal look at Saddlemen’s seats and luggage.

The top riders all crossed the line within a quarter-second of one another, making for one of the closest and craziest Flat Track finishes in recent memory.Saddlemen product specialist Jerry Beaty helps a new customer install a bag at J&P Cycles.

A comfortable and supportive seat is essential to enjoying a ride, no matter the time or distance, and getting a hands-on feel for the luxurious Road Sofa or different Saddlemen seat goes a long way in making a decision on a seat. That’s why Saddlemen reps will be holding seat demos at Black Hills H-D in Rapid City during the rally. Stop by for a demo and the Saddlemen crew will install a demo seat on your bike for a test ride. Saddlemen will be set up in a tent in the parking lot with seats and luggage, all of which can be purchased through Black Hills on the spot. Visit www.blackhillshd.com for directions and more info on the rally.

Saddlemen will also be set up in the J&P Cycles lot in downtown Sturgis with a variety of luggage on display. Along with the new FTB line of sport touring luggage, reps will have the full lineup of bags and luggage for all kinds of bikes. Stop by to get your questions answered and ride off with a new set of luggage. Saddlemen products will be available for purchase through J&P Cycles. Visit www.jpcycles.com/events/sturgis-motorcycle-rally for directions and more information.

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Shayna Texter triumphed Saturday night aboard her Saddlemen Flat Track seatSaddlemen rider Shayna Texter takes friend Elena Myers on a victory lap (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - July 29, 2013 - Saddlemen riders roared into Sacramento for Round 5 of the AMA Pro Flat Track series presented by J&P Cycles. Saturday night’s race at the Sacramento Mile was one for the ages as Shayna Texter led the 4 Saddlemen riders on the podium with a Pro Singles victory.

AMA Pro Grand National Championship Twins

Another round is in the books and with it comes two more GNC podiums for Saddlemen riders to go along with six top-10 finishes. Several Saddlemen riders battled for positioning in a tight pack as they bore down on the final lap. Saddlemen’s Jared Mees led the way with a 2nd place finish, just 0.083-second behind the winner.

The top riders all crossed the line within a quarter-second of one another, making for one of the closest and craziest Flat Track finishes in recent memory.Saddlemen riders Jared Mees (#1), Brandon Robinson (#44), Brad Baker (#12), and Sammy Halbert (#7) in a thrilling Expert Twins finish (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Mees was immediately followed across the line by Brandon Robinson in 3rd, Brad Baker in 4th and Sammy Halbert in 5th. The top riders all crossed the line within a quarter-second of one another, making for one of the closest and craziest Flat Track finishes in recent memory.

Defending champ Mees notched his second podium of the season and first since the Daytona opener, and climbs to 8th in the GNC Combined standings and 10th in the Expert Twins standings. Brad Baker missed the podium for the first time this season and leads both the Combined and Expert Twins standings. Brandon Robinson is seated firmly in 2nd in the Combined standings, while Sammy Halbert holds down 2nd place in the Expert Twins standings. Wiles holds 5th on both leaderboards.

Jared Mees notched his second podium of the season and first since the Daytona opener, and climbs to 8th in the GNC Combined standings and 10th in the Expert Twins standingsJared Mees (left) and Brandon Robinson (right) land on the GNC Expert Twins podium (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Saddlemen GNC Expert Twins Results - Sacramento Mile
2. J. Mees; 3. B. Robinson; 4. B. Baker; 7. K. Coolbeth; 8. R. Pearson; 9. H. Wiles; 11; J. Shoemaker; 13. Briar Bauman; 14. N. Cheza; 15. J. Lewis; 16. M. Martin; 17. S Baer

Saddlemen GNC Expert Twins Standings Top-10
1. B. Baker; 2. S. Halbert; 5. H. Wiles; 6. K. Coolbeth; 7. B. Robinson; 8. R. Pearson; 9. J. Shoemaker; 10. J. Mees

AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles

Saddlemen rider Shayna Texter is quickly establishing herself at the top of the Pro Singles ranks, and added to her growing reputation with her first victory of the season Saturday night. Shayna started in second position but after just the first lap had fallen to sixth place. Over the next 11 laps, however, Texter would fight her way through the pack with consistent and efficient laps, eventually landing in a final-lap duel with the checkers in sight. Texter would triumph aboard her Saddlemen Flat Track seat by a mere 0.016-second gap.

Shayna Texter landed in a final-lap duel ending in triumph by a mere 0.016-second gapShayna Texter (#25A) takes the checkers by 0.016 seconds in Sacramento (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Fellow Saddlemen rider and 2012 Pro Singles champion Stephen Vanderkuur found himself on the podium for the first time this season. The 3rd place finish came after Vanderkuur laid down the top qualifying time and the fastest lap in the main event. Ryan Wells and Bronson Bauman finished 4th and 5th, respectively.

Texter kicked off the first of three race wins at Sacramento last year, and wound up finishing 5th in the Pro Singles standings at season’s end. Shayna is currently tied for 4th place in the 2013 standings and perhaps this victory is the sign of more top finishes to come. Vanderkuur is tied with Texter in the points standings, and Dominic Colindres is sitting in 9th place.

Shayna Texter  on the podium for her first win of the seasonTexter (center) won her first race of the season with her second straight Sacramento Mile victory (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Saddlemen Pro Singles Results - Sacramento Mile
1. S. Texter; 3. S. Vanderkuur; 4. R. Wells; 5. Bronson Bauman; 7. G. Callies; 11. J. Monaco; 16. D. Colindres

Saddlemen Pro Singles Standings Top-10
2. R. Wells; 4. S. Texter; 5. S. Vanderkuur; 9. D. Colindres

Jake Gagne led Saddlemen racers with a 3rd place finish, despite dropping to the bottom of the top-10 following a red-flag restart.Jake Gagne descends the famous corkscrew at Laguna Seca (Credit: RoadRace Factory/GeoCrash Photography)

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - July 23, 2013 - The Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca brings together two of the largest motorcycle racing series on the planet, and Saddlemen supported riders made the most of it with three podium appearances and seven top-10 finishes.

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike

The Daytona SportBike class has seen Saddlemen riders consistently taking top spots throughout the season, and the 6th round of AMA Pro Road Racing was no different. Once again RoadRace Factory’s Jake Gagne led Saddlemen racers with a 3rd place finish, despite dropping to the bottom of the top-10 following a red-flag restart. Jake fought his way through the crowd for his seventh straight podium finish aboard his Saddlemen Performance Seat.

Saddlemen racer JD Beach continued his season-long streak of top-5 finishes and James Rispoli finished 8thJD Beach (#95, left) and James Rispoli (#43, center) put together solid finishes (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Gagne’s teammate, JD Beach, went on the record last week saying that Laguna Seca is one of his least favorite tracks, but all the same Beach continued his season-long streak of top-5 finishes with a 5th place. The teammates hold on to their 2nd and 3rd place positions in the points standings with three rounds left to go.

National Guard/Celtic Racing’s James Rispoli finished 8th and Riders Discount Racing Triumph’s Joey Pascarella rounded out the top-10 aboard their Saddlemen Performance Chicane seats. Rispoli retains his 5th place spot in the standings and is poised for a solid first season in Daytona SportBike.

Tomas Puerta started from the pole-position, but the 16-lap race proved to be anything but routine for PuertaTomas Puerta qualified in pole-position and finished 2nd at the U.S. Grand Prix (Credit: RoadRace Factory/GeoCrash Photography)

AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport

Saddlemen supported riders Hayden Gillim, Nick McFadden and Caroline Olsen did not compete at the Grand Prix for a variety of reasons, but Saddlemen was still well represented in the SuperSport class by Tomas Puerta and Corey Alexander.

RoadRace Factory’s Tomas Puerta started from the pole-position, but the 16-lap race proved to be anything but routine for Puerta and the other SuperSport competitors. Puerta dueled for the lead throughout the race and into the final lap, but fell short by just 0.117-second in a thrilling finish. Puerta extended his lead in the SuperSport West standings with the first opportunity for points since Road America.

Corey Alexander finished just 0.177-second behind Puerta for 3rd place at Laguna SecaCorey Alexander (right) joined Puerta (left) on the podium with a 3rd place finish (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

National Guard/Celtic Racing rider Corey Alexander finished just 0.177-second behind Puerta for 3rd place at Laguna Seca. A non-points race for the SuperSport East rider, Alexander is putting together a solid season and has a 9-point lead with just one round and two races left to go.

Round 6 of the AMA Pro Road Racing series takes riders and fans alike to Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT, August 2-4. Follow Saddlemen Performance Seats, the Official Seat of AMA Pro Racing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news from Saddlemen.

Saddlemen racers JD Beach and Jake Gagne on the podium in LexingtonSaddlemen supported riders JD Beach (left) and Jake Gagne (right) each earned a 2nd and 3rd place finish in Lexington (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - July 16, 2013 - Saddlemen added a pair of SuperSport victories and seven total podium appearances to a growing list of accolades in Lexington, OH as AMA Pro Road Racing hit the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend.

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike

Still relatively early in the season, the leaders of the Daytona SportBike class are busy building on their early success by adding podiums and stretching class leads. RoadRace Factory teammates Jake Gagne and JD Beach have been landing plenty of top-5 finishes, with the pair swapping 2nd and 3rd in the two races.

JD Beach and James Rispoli racing at LexingtonJD Beach (#95) finished 2nd and James Rispoli (#43) finished 5th, both career bests (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Gagne managed to take the lead briefly in Saturday’s race but relinquished it on his way to his fourth 2nd place finish of the season aboard his Saddlemen Performance Seat. Beach finished in 3rd as the top 3 were stretched out by several seconds apiece.

National Guard/Celtic Racing’s James Rispoli hit lucky number 7 once again, finishing 7th for the fifth time this season. Eyeball Moto’s Eric Stump rounded out the top-10, and Riders Discount Racing’s Joey Pascarella finished 13th.

Though the Daytona SportBike class has not seen many new faces on the podium this year, there have still been some exciting races that come down to the wire. Sunday’s DSB race was a perfect example as JD Beach missed out on the win by just 0.655 second. The 2nd place finish is a career-best for Beach, who has finished in the top-5 in every single race this season on his Saddlemen Performance Seat.

Hayden Gillim celebrating his first SuperSport victory of the season at LexingtonHayden Gillim notched his first SuperSport victory of the season on Sunday (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Jake Gagne finished 3rd for his sixth straight podium. Rispoli started off hot in Race 2 and even challenged Gagne for the number 3 spot, but settled for a career-best 5th place finish in DSB competition. Pascarella finished 11th and Stump finished 14th.

Gagne is all alone in 2nd place in the Daytona SportBike standings with Beach behind him in 3rd. Rispoli’s consistent performances have kept him in 5th place in the standings with four events and six races yet to go.

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RoadRace Factory’s Tomas Puerta continued his hot streak Saturday with his second race win of the season on his Saddlemen-equipped R6, doing it this time by a healthy 3+ seconds. Puerta was followed across the line by fellow Saddlemen rider Hayden Gillim, who is slowly but surely proving that he belongs on the podium.

TOBC Racing’s Nick McFadden was coming off a surprising first time performance at Barber and showed that he could keep up with the pack, finishing 5th in Race 1. Corey Alexander finished 7th, but the National Guard/Celtic Racing rider was thrust into 1st place in the SuperSport East standings all the same.

Team 95’s Hayden Gillim followed his solid 2nd place in Race 1 with his first victory of the season on his Saddlemen Performance Chicane Seat. Gillim battled for the lead after a restart, eventually snagging the top spot on the final lap and winning by just 0.184 second. Corey Alexander was the next Saddlemen rider in with a 4th place finish.

JD Beach and James Rispoli racing at LexingtonTomas Puerta piloted his Saddlemen-equipped bike to a SuperSport victory Saturday (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Nick McFadden dueled for 6th place and emerged the winner of that battle. Tomas Puerta was at the front of the pack for much of the race but was forced to pit with a mechanical issue, officially finishing 23rd.

Gillim is just 9 points behind Alexander in the SuperSport East standings, and McFadden is in 7th despite only being able to race half of the events so far this season. Just one race remains for points opportunity in the East: New Jersey. The SuperSport West leader board remains intact with Puerta leading the way. They will get their next shot at points this weekend at Laguna Seca.

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Saddlemen’s lone representative in the Harley-Davidson Series at Mid-Ohio was Eric Stump. The Eyeball Moto rider had a busy weekend, racing both the Daytona SuperBike class as well as the Harley-Davidson class. Stump finished 6th in Sunday’s race and after missing Barber is in 17th in the class standings.

Saddlemen riders have a short turnaround as AMA Pro Road Racing immediately heads to Monterey, CA for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The July 19-21 event brings both AMA and MotoGP together at the same track for one of the biggest weekends of motorcycle racing each year.

Saddlemen racers Brad Baker and Jake Shoemaker share the podium at HagerstownBaker (center) shared the podium with fellow Saddlemen rider Jake Shoemaker (left) in 2nd (Credit: AMA Pro Racing/Dave Hoenig)

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - July 8, 2013 - Saddlemen sponsored riders dominated the fourth round of the AMA Pro Flat Track series this weekend, landing three riders on the podium and adding an Expert Twins victory to the growing list of accomplishments on this young race season.

AMA Pro GNC Expert Twins

A week after the Lima Half-Mile was cancelled due to inclement weather, Saddlemen Flat Track racers lined up in Hagerstown, MD for just the fourth race of the season.

Saddlemen rider Brad Baker continued his strong start to the 2013 season with a dominant performance at Hagerstown Speedway. Baker notched his first career GNC Expert Twins victory with authority, continually stretching his lead over 25 laps to an eventual 6.77-second win. Baker also won the $1,000 Dash For Cash award, making this a weekend to remember for the 20-year-old racer that now leads both the GNC Combined standings and the GNC Expert Twins standings.

Hagerstown sees Saddlemen rider Brad Saddlemen rider Brad Baker captured his first career GNC Expert victory at Hagerstown (Credit: AMA Pro Racing/Dave Hoenig)

Fellow Saddlemen racer Jake Shoemaker finished 2nd in the first GNC Expert Twins race of his career with poise and maturity. Doug Lawrence won his heat and carried the momentum into the main event, finishing 4th in what was just his second race of the season. Rounding out the Top 5 for Saddlemen was Sammy Halbert in 5th.

Saddlemen GNC Expert Twins Results

1. B. Baker; 2. J. Shoemaker; 4. D. Lawrence; 5. S. Halbert; 6. JD Beach; 7. J. Johnson; 8. K. Coolbeth; 9. H. Wiles; 11. B. Bauman; 12. R. Pearson; 14. C. Johncox; 16. C. Cose; 17. B. Robinson; 18. S. Baer

Saddlemen GNC Expert Twins Top 10

1. B. Baker; 2. S. Halbert; 3. H. Wiles; 4. D. Lawrence; 5. J. Johnson; 6. K. Coolbeth; 7. J. Shoemaker; 9. R. Pearson

AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles

Dan Bromley led the way for the stable of Saddlemen riders in the Pro Singles class with a 3rd place podium finish at Hagerstown, earning 16 points for his 2013 campaign and boosting him to 11th in the standings. Ryan Wells followed Bromley across the line with a 4th place finish and is just ten points behind the leader in 3rd place. Stephen Vanderkuur rounded out the Top 5 and climbed to 7th in the standings along the way.

Saddlemen Pro Singles Hagerstown Results

3. D. Bromley; 4. R. Wells; 5. S. Vanderkuur; 11. D. Colindres; 12. S. Texter; 13. C. Johncox

Saddlemen Pro Singles Top 10

3. R. Wells; 7. S. Vanderkuur; 9. D. Colindres; 10. S. Texter

The Fifth Round of AMA Pro Flat Track racing is slated for July 20 at the Grays Harbor Half-Mile.

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After all was said and done it was Jake Gagne who led the way with a pair of 2nd place finishesJake Cagne put together a pair of 2nd place finishes at Barber (Credit: RoadRace Factory/GeoCrash Photography)

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - June 25, 2013 - Saddlemen captured seven podium finishes in the Triumph SuperBike Classic at Barber Motorsports Park. Warm temperatures and some close battles made for an exciting weekend in Birmingham, AL as some of the best young racers in the sport put their Saddlemen seats to the test.

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike

Saddlemen’s impressive stable of talented young racers put forth their best efforts this weekend in the Daytona SportBike class, and after all was said and done it was Jake Gagne who led the way with a pair of 2nd place finishes. After a commanding performance in Saturday’s race, the RoadRace Factory rider experienced a setback when he high-sided in Sunday morning warm-ups. Despite injuring both feet, the 19-year old fought through the pain and challenged for the lead through a majority of the second race. As the leader pulled away in the final laps Gagne settled for another 2nd place finish, and with it a solid hold on the same position in the DSB standings.

Beach improved on Sunday with a 3rd place finishJD Beach joined Gagne on the podium with a 3rd place on Sunday (Credit: RoadRace Factory/GeoCrash Photography)

Gagne’s RoadRace Factory teammate, JD Beach, is continuing to demonstrate growth as he held off a late charge to take the final spot in the top-5 by just .003 seconds. Beach improved on Sunday with a 3rd place finish. Although he was the fourth bike across the line, Beach was promoted to the podium after a 5-second jump-start penalty was enforced on several riders. This podium is the second of the season for Beach, and he holds a 2-point lead for 3rd place in the standings.

National Guard/Celtic Racing’s James Rispoli continued his streak of 7th place finishes with another in Race 1 aboard his Saddlemen Performance Chicane seat. The Rocket made some adjustments in Sunday morning practice that apparently paid off. Rispoli made a beautiful pass into third at the famous “Charlotte’s Web” turn, but fell back to a battle for fifth place in the final laps. Though James did not capture his first top-5 SportBike finish, he did end up with a career-best 6th place, and is in 5th in the Daytona SportBike standings.

JD Beach and Jake GagneRoadRace Factory Red Bull teammates JD Beach (left) and Jake Gagne (right) (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Riders Discount racer Joey Pascarella put together a pair of top-10 finishes. Following Saturday’s 9th place finish, the 2012 Daytona 200 champ finished 10th on Sunday. These are the first top-10 finishes of the season for the Pascarella, and he has climbed the ranks to 15th after five races.

D&D Cycles/Castrol’s Bobby Fong rode his Saddlemen-equipped Triumph Daytona 675 to an 8th place finish in Race 1, but dropped out midway through the second race. Fong is in 10th in the standings.

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With National Guard/Celtic Racing’s Caroline Olsen still recovering from shoulder surgery, Saddlemen only had four racers compete in the SuperSport class at Barber. Race 1 saw a pair of Saddlemen-equipped riders atop the podium, as RoadRace Factory’s Tomas Puerta finished 2nd and TOBC Racing’s Nick McFadden followed in 3rd.

Puerta and McFadden on podium for Saturday's SuperSport race Tomas Puerta (left) finished 2nd and Nick McFadden (right) 3rd in Saturday's SuperSport race (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Puerta followed up on Sunday with a 3rd place finish, missing out on a 2-2 weekend by just .004 seconds. Puerta did not earn points for his SuperSport West campaign, but a pair of podium finishes on his Saddlemen-equipped R6 is a good sign for the 20-year old in search of his first SuperSport title.

Puerta was joined on the Sunday podium by fellow Saddlemen racer Hayden Gillim who finished 2nd. The Team 95 rider improved on his 4th place in the first race of the weekend by earning his second podium finish of the season in Race 2 and establishing himself in 3rd place in the SuperSport East standings.

McFadden just turned 16 this June, qualifying him for AMA Pro competition. He started his AMA career off with a bang with his 3rd place podium appearance in his first pro race. Unfortunately, Nick crashed out of the second race, but his impressive debut got him started at 10th in the SuperSport East standings.

National Guard/Celtic Racing’s Corey Alexander continued his strong 2013 campaign with a pair of 6th place finishes. After 3 rounds of racing on his Saddlemen Performance Sport seat, Alexander is just two points behind the SuperSport East leader in 2nd place.

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  • Saddlemen’s new FTB line of sport luggage offers modern style and quality materials and construction.
  • Universal mounting capabilities and various bag types makes this line a great option for any motorcycle.
  • Samples available for media evaluation.
Saddlemen's FTB Sport Sissy Bar Combo bag 3515-0142 offers options for both sissy bar and rear seat mounting

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - June 4, 2013 - Saddlemen has introduced a new line of luggage aimed at bringing a modern and sporty look to motorcycles of all kinds, from cruisers to sport bikes and more. Saddlemen’s new FTB line of sport luggage combines style, utility and quality construction to offer an array of bags that not only serve their purpose, but look great doing it.

The FTB line features the same quality materials and construction that Saddlemen is known for, and presents a new set of options for motorcyclists that might be looking for functional luggage with an updated look.

Rugged 1200-denier SaddleTuff™ fabric and marine-grade vinyl make up the semi-rigid construction that offers a blend of shape retention and flexibility, all while remaining light weight and portable. A bevy of internal and external pockets, pouches, and storage compartments make these bags ideal for carrying everything from tools and small personal items to clothes and larger items.

The FTB line is also universally compatible with multiple mounting rings, and can also be used with Saddlemen’s Versa Mount System to mount directly to a seat or rack. With a full lineup that includes sissybar bags, sissybar combo bags, and trunk/rack bags, Saddlemen has an FTB option for any motorcycle.


Saddlemen's FTB Sport Sissy Bar Bag 3515-0139 includes a reflective rain cover with locking cinch cord and padded backpack straps FTB Sport Sissy Bar Bag 3515-0139 Saddlemen's FTB Sport Sissy Bar Bag 3515-0138 features internal pockets and beverage holder make organization easy and convenient FTB Sport Sissy Bar Bag 3515-0138

FTB Sport Sissy Bar Bags

FTB1000 Part #3515-0138
FTB1500 Part #3515-0139

  • Unique shape offers impressive cargo space while keeping the bike’s lines clean.
  • Internal pockets and beverage holder make organization easy and convenient.
  • Adjustable sissybar mounting sleeve and multiple rings for easy universal installation.
  • Saddlemen Versa Mount compatible.
  • Includes reflective rain cover with locking cinch cord and padded backpack straps.

 


Saddlemen's FTB Sport Sissy Bar Combo 3515-0141 is a larger version of sissy bar bags that includes removable top storage bag for extra cargo space FTB Sport Sissy Bar Combo 3515-0141 Saddlemen's FTB Sport Sissy Bar Combo 3515-0142 has adjustable sissy bar mounting sleeve, multiple rings and nylon straps make for quick and easy universal installation and removal

FTB Sport Sissy Bar Combo 3515-0142 base and top pieces

FTB Sport Sissybar & Combo Bags

FTB2500 Part#3515-0141
FTB3600 Part#3515-0142

  • Larger version of sissybar bags include removable top storage bag for extra cargo space.
  • Internal mesh compartments keep gear organized.
  • Adjustable sissybar mounting sleeve, multiple rings and nylon straps make for quick and easy universal installation and removal.
  • Saddlemen Versa Mount compatible.
  • Includes reflective rain cover with locking cinch cord and padded backpack straps.

 


Saddlemen's FTB Sport Trunk/Rack 3515-0140 has gull-wing flaps and 270-degree perimeter zippers for easy packing and unpacking of two main compartments FTB Sport Trunk/Rack 3515-0140 mounted on bike Saddlemen's FTB Sport Trunk/Rack 3515-0140 offers two additional side compartments for mid-sized cargo and large front and rear compartments with mesh pockets for smaller easy-access items FTB Sport Trunk/Rack 3515-0140

FTB Sport Trunk & Rack Bags

FTB3300 Part#3515-0140

  • Gull-wing flaps and 270-degree perimeter zippers for easy packing and unpacking of two main compartments.
  • Two additional side compartments for mid-sized cargo and large front and rear compartments with mesh pockets for smaller easy-access items.
  • Multiple mounting loops for secure installation and two retention straps for added security.
  • Includes reflective rain cover with locking cinch cord.

 


Saddlemen FTB Sport Bags are available through Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties.


 

Since 1987 Saddlemen has been dedicated to offering high-quality aftermarket seats, luggage and accessories for all types of motorcycles. Designed for increased comfort and style, all Saddlemen products are built with industry-leading technology and premium materials. Saddlemen's vast line puts American craftsmanship on any type of bike - Harley, cruiser, touring, sport, dual sport, off-road, ATVs and snowmobiles. Whether you explore the open road, tackle some unexplored terrain or commute to work, Saddlemen's quality products will help you get where you want to go.

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - June 5, 2013 - Round two of the AMA Pro Road Racing season yielded top results for Saddlemen-sponsored riders. The double-header weekend at Road America, held May 31-June 2, resulted in 11 top-ten finishes for Saddlemen, including 3 race wins and 6 podium appearances.

Saddlemen rider Jake Gagne put together an impressive weekend, going 2-1 with his first DSB victory of the seasonSaddlemen rider Jake Gagne put together an impressive weekend, going 2-1 with his first DSB victory of the season (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Daytona SportBike

Coming off a 4th place finish in the season-opening Daytona 200, RoadRace Factory’s Jake Gagne finished 2nd in race one on his Saddlemen-equipped Yamaha YZF-R6. He bettered his result in the second race after a back-and-forth battle out front. Gagne pressured his competitor into a mistake with just a few laps to go and took his first SportBike victory of the season, propelling him into the second spot in the DSB standings.

Gagne’s RoadRace Factory teammate JD Beach also had a solid weekend, earning a pair of top-5 finishes. Beach made his first podium appearance of the season after a thrilling 3rd place finish in Saturday’s race, and followed it up with a solid 4th place finish on Sunday. Beach is in fourth in the class standings after the first few rounds of racing.

D&D Cycles/Castrol/Triumph’s Bobby Fong brought home 6th in race one on his Triumph Daytona 675. James Rispoli was also a top-ten finisher, earning a pair of 7th place finishes on his National Guard/Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R600.

Joey Pascarella and Kyle Wyman each earned a top-15 finish in Daytona SportBike on their Triumph Daytona 675s. Pascarella was 13th in race one on his Riders Discount Triumph, and Wyman finished 15th in race two.

Corey Alexander swept the SuperSport class aboard his Saddlemen Performance Sport seatCorey Alexander swept the SuperSport class aboard his Saddlemen Performance Sport seat (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

SuperSport

National Guard/Celtic Racing’s Corey Alexander is off to a hot start on his Saddlemen-equipped Suzuki GSX-R600, landing in the winner’s circle twice at Road America. His two victories on his Saddlemen Performance Sport seat closed the gap in the SuperSport East championship to just six points behind the leader.

Tomas Puerta, another RoadRace Factory rider, followed up a 4th place finish in race one with 3rd in race two. Following his podium at Road America, Puerta has a comfortable 32-point lead in the SuperSport West standings.

Alexander took Sunday's SuperSport race in a photo finishAlexander took Sunday's SuperSport race in a photo finish (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Hayden Gillim was another top Saddlemen rider in SuperSport, finishing 8th in race two on the Team 95 Yamaha YZF-R6. National Guard/Celtic Racing newcomer Caroline Olsen finished 14th on Saturday but was injured in a multi-bike crash off the starting line in Sunday’s race. Olsen has undergone surgery to repair an injured shoulder and is expected to make a full recovery.

Harley-Davidson Series

In the Harley-Davidson Series, Saddlemen rider Cory Texter finished a lucky 13th on the MOB Racing Harley-Davidson XR1200. Texter has finished top-15 in both rounds this season.

Saddlemen riders have a short break before heading south to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, for round three of the AMA Pro Road Racing season, June 21-23.


 

Saddlemen has been making high performance seats for racing for over 20 years. During that time some of the world's fastest racers have fitted their motorcycles with Saddlemen seats, including land speed attempters, flat track racers and road racers. Saddlemen is the Official Seat of AMA Pro Racing.