Saddlemen Riders Roar into Sacramento

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