The 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track season kicked off last weekend with a double-header round in Daytona, where Saddlemen-sponsored riders earned a total of two wins and 21 top-ten finishes during two exciting nights of racing. Just one of the many of the attractions at Daytona Bike Week, the opener pulled in enthusiastic crowds despite the cool temperatures for two nights of thrilling Flat Track racing. In addition to rider sponsorships, Saddlemen is proud to be a Series Sponsor and the Official Seat of AMA Pro Racing.
“Saddlemen is committed to Flat Track racing. It is a passionate and exciting sport, for both the fans and the riders,” says Saddlemen President Tom Seymour. “Flat Track racing is special because it is very family oriented and love of the sport transfers from generation to generation.”
AMA Pro Grand National Championship
Mikey Rush may be a newcomer to the Saddlemen family of sponsored riders, but he made himself right at home by winning his first GNC race during round one on Thursday, March 14. Rush edged out fellow Saddlemen rider Brad Baker on the 18th lap and never looked back. Defending GNC Expert Singles champ Jared Mees joined them on the podium, and Henry Wiles and Brandon Robinson rounded out the Top 5.
During round two on Friday, Brandon Robinson jumped out to an early lead in the second lap and hung on to hand Saddlemen a second GNC Expert Singles win in as many days. Brad Baker once again pushed for the lead but settled for 2nd. Rush followed up his brilliant first round performance with a 5th place finish, followed across the finish line by four more Saddlemen riders in the Top 10.
Saddlemen’s Brandon Robinson sits atop the leaderboard after the first two rounds, with Mikey Rush just five points behind him and Henry Wiles in 4th. Despite the pair of podium finishes, Brad Baker lost points following a post-race inspection and slid to 5th.
Saddlemen Daytona I GNC Results
1. M. Rush; 2. B. Baker; 3. J. Mees; 4. H. Wiles; 5. B. Robinson; 6. M. Weidman; 8. J. Lewis; 9. S. Bonsey; 11. R. Pearson; 12. K. Coolbeth; 13. K. Kolkman; 18. B. Bauman
Saddlemen Daytona II GNC Results
1. B. Robinson; 2. B. Baker; 5. M. Rush; 6. K. Coolbeth; 7. M. Weidman; 8. J. Halbert; 9. R. Pearson; 11. J. Lewis; 12. H. Wiles; 13. S. Bonsey; 14. B. Bauman; 15. J. Mees; 16. M. Martin
AMA Pro J&P Pro Singles
In Pro Singles, Ryan Wells was the top-finishing Saddlemen rider of the double-header, taking 2nd in race two. Combined with his 6th place finish in the opening round, Wells sits at 4th in the Pro Singles standings. Stephen Vanderkuur notched a 5th place finish in the second round while Dominic Colindres and Gerrit Callies followed in 6th and 7th respectively.
Saddlemen Daytona I Pro Singles Results
6. R. Wells; 8. D. Bromley; 14. D. Colindres; 15. S. Texter; 18. S. Vanderkuur
Saddlemen Daytona II Pro Singles Results
2. R. Wells; 5. S. Vanderkuur; 6. D. Colindres; 7. G. Callies; 14. D. Bromley; 17. S. Texter
Saddlemen-sponsored riders were a triple threat during the AMA Pro Road Racing season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Saddlemen riders found the podium in the Daytona SportBike, SuperSport and Harley-Davidson classes.
“Clearly, good things come in threes,” says Saddlemen Director of Sales and Marketing, Ron Benfield. “Earning a podium finish in all three of the classes where Saddlemen has a presence gave us a fantastic start to the Road Racing season, and we’re happy to congratulate Tomas, Bobby and Corey on great racing.”
AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike
The opening weekend of AMA Pro Road Racing is always special because it marks one of the great traditions of the sport: the Daytona 200. Riders in the Daytona SportBike class must compete for 57 laps over the course of nearly 2 hours. The addition of pit strategy and the mental and physical endurance required to maintain focus makes the Daytona 200 the most grueling stop on the tour.
Bobby Fong finished 3rd in the legendary Daytona 200, getting the Daytona SportBike season off to a good start for Triple Crown/RMR. Fong put together a solid run and held onto his 3rd place position as the field stretched out throughout the race, finishing 38 seconds behind the winner.
Fellow Saddlemen riders Jake Gagne and JD Beach of RoadRace Factory finished 4th and 5th, respectively, in the Daytona 200, giving Saddlemen 3 of the top-5 finishers. Two-time SuperSport champ and SportBike newcomer James Rispoli finished 7th on his Saddlemen-equipped National Guard/Celtic Racing Suzuki.
AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport
RoadRace Factory rider and newcomer to the Saddlemen family Tomas Puerta started off the 2013 season with a pair of solid performances. The defending SuperSport East champ landed in 5th for the first race in an incredibly close finish that saw the top five riders cross the line within a quarter of a second of the winner. Puerta followed up in Race 2 with a commanding victory, taking the checkers by more than a second and jumping out to an early points lead in the SuperSport West standings.
National Guard/Celtic Racing talent Corey Alexander rebounded from a tough 14th place finish in Race 1 to bring home a 3rd place finish in Race 2 of the SuperSport class. Alexander managed to ride his Saddlemen Performance Sport seat to the podium in a photo finish, as top-10 riders all finished within 2 seconds of the winner.
AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series
With the Daytona SportBike class only racing on Saturday, Bobby Fong took the opportunity to compete in Friday’s Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson opener. The Rossmeyers Harley-Davidson rider piloted his Saddlemen-equipped XR1200 to a 3rd place finish after a close battle through seven laps.
After months of off-season training and bike preparation, Saddlemen riders are ready to square off in the opening weekend of AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles in Daytona Beach, FL.
The Official Seat of AMA Pro Racing
Saddlemen is a proud supporter of Flat Track and is the Official Seat of AMA Pro Racing. In addition to sponsoring the series, the Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Award will be granted to the rookie that excels on and off the track in the AMA Pro Flat Track GNC Expert class.
Saddlemen riders have enjoyed success in AMA Pro Road Racing in recent years aboard their Saddlemen Flat Track seats, but the credit lies with the hard work and dedication put forth by their sponsored riders. Saddlemen will be well represented in both the Grand National Championship and the Pro Singles classes in the 2013 season.
AMA Pro Grand National Championship
Saddlemen’s Jared Mees only won a single race in 2012, but with plenty of top-5 finishes found himself the GNC Combined Champion to go along with his GNC Expert Singles title. Mees finished 4 th in the GNC Expert Twins standings.
The 3-time champion will compete with several other Saddlemen riders for the 2013 titles, including runner-up Sammy Halbert. Halbert won four races in all, but finished 2nd in both the Twins and Singles divisions as well as in the Combined standings. Brad Baker rounded out the Combined top-5 for Saddlemen, finishing 5th in Singles and 7th in Twins.
Henry Wiles’ 3rd place Singles finish and 10th place Twins finish were good enough to combine for the 6th position Overall. Newcomers Kenny Coolbeth and Matt Weidman finished 7th and 10th, respectively, in the Combined standings and will make some noise in both the Singles and Twins races.
Johnny Lewis, who left the series after just five races last season, will return to GNC competition with his eyes on the title aboard his Triumph. 2012 Saddlemen Rookie of the Year winner Briar Bauman is coming off of eight top-10 finishes and will build on his experience in his 2013 campaign.
AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles
Saddlemen welcomes some new talent as defending champion Stephen Vanderkuur joins 2012 runner-up Jake Shoemaker in the 2013 season. Shoemaker did not place better than 3rd last year, but his consistent top-10 finishes resulted in a 2nd place position at season’s end. Another new addition is Dominic Colindres, who finished 4th in the class last year with a race win and several podiums. Rounding out the 2012 top-5 is Saddlemen’s Shayna Texter, who will be looking to make a run at the title after winning three races last year.
Ryan Wells, Gerit Callies and Jake Cunningham finished 7th, 8th, and 9th, respectively, last season and will once again ride their Saddlemen Flat Track seats in the Pro Singles class. The trio all missed several races throughout the season but managed to find top-10 finishes with strong performances and five victories among them.
The excitement begins with Round 1 of the series Thursday, March 14th at the Daytona Flat Track, followed by Round 2 on Friday. Visit www.amaproracing.com/ft for more information. Learn more about Saddlemen seats at www.saddlemen.com, and follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/saddlemen for the latest product and racing updates.
Daytona Bike Week is here! Saddlemen reps are on the scene with a bunch of new products and solutions to make your ride look good and feel better. We hope to see you out there! We’ll have a wide range of products including seats for Harleys, cruisers, sport bikes and adventure bikes, as well as luggage and storage solutions and some handy universal accessories. Come talk to a product specialist about the difference a Saddlemen seat can make on your ride. Get a close-up look at Saddlemen’s new Lariat and Americano Harley seats or the new comfort-focused Adventure Tour seats for adventure and dual-sport bikes. Come see firsthand why Saddlemen’s Pet Voyager is the ideal way to travel with your small pet, or get a piece of Saddlemen luggage to carry all those souvenirs back home.
- Where: 450 Ridgewood Ave Holly Hill, FL 32117
- When: Sunday March 10 – Saturday March 16
- What: Seats and luggage for sport bikes, adventure bikes, off road
- Where: 1637 N US HWY 1 Ormond Beach, FL 32174
- When: Sunday March 10 – Saturday March 16
- What: Harley seats and luggage for sale, seat demos
- I-95 & US HWY 1 Ormond Beach, FL 32174
- When: Sunday March 10 – Saturday March 16
- What: Luggage and touring accessories for sale
Daytona Bike Week is here and with it comes the beginning of the 2013 AMA Pro Road Racing and Pro Flat Track Series. Saddlemen will be on the scene as our incredibly talented riders kick off the season with high expectations and new endeavors.
The Flat Track opener is actually a sort of double-header, as the first two rounds of the series will take place Thursday, March 14 and Friday, March 15 in Daytona Beach, FL. Saddlemen’s Jared Mees will begin on the long journey to defending his 2012 GNC Expert Singles and Combined titles aboard his Saddlemen Flat Track seat, as many more Saddlemen riders contend for top spots in the GNC Expert Singles and Pro Singles ranks.
The AMA Pro Road opener is a unique event altogether. Saddlemen racers in the SuperBike, SuperSport, and Vance & Hines series will see their first racing action Friday, March 15. On Saturday the 16th, following the second SuperBike and SuperSport races, Saddlemen’s SuperSport champ James Rispoli will make his Daytona SportBike debut in the Daytona 200. This test of endurance and poise will be exciting to watch as Rispoli and fellow Saddlemen riders tackle 57 laps aboard their Saddlemen Performance seats.
Saddlemen is the Official Seat of AMA Pro Racing and is the title sponsor of the Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Award. Saddlemen is dedicated to supporting AMA Road Racing and Flat Track and we look forward to an exciting, successful and safe year of racing!
February was a busy month for the Saddlemen road crew. Beginning with the V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati, the guys unveiled a bunch of new products including some new seats, luggage lines and accessories for Harleys and cruisers, sport bikes and adventure bikes. Then it was a quick tour through the south for the Arlington and Atlanta Supercross Showcase.
Looking ahead to March and beyond, it’s not looking like things are slowing down one bit. On the schedule for the next few weeks are several dealer open houses, a couple of LeMans Regional Showcases and more Supercross stops. Of course we can’t forget Daytona Bike Week! We’ll be spending a lot of time in Florida this month as all kinds of motorcycle racing come together. We’re looking forward to kicking off the AMA Pro Road Racing and Flat Track series while we’re there!
So stop by and say hello if you’re in the area or are planning on making a trip to one of these events. We’d love to meet you and talk about our share passion for everything motorcycles. You can also stay up-to-date on our tour stops by following us on Facebook. See you out there!
|March 8-17||Daytona Bike Week||Daytona Beach, FL|
|March 10-16||Daytona Fun Machines||Holly Hill, FL|
|March 10-16||Bruce Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona||Ormond Beach, FL|
|March 10-16||J&P Cycles Daytona||Ormond Beach, FL|
|March 15||Indianapolis Supercross||Indianapolis, IN|
|March 23||Nacar Motorcycle USA Open House||Orlando, FL|
|March 23-24||LeMans Regional Showcase||Anaheim, CA|
|March 29-30||Mid America Powersports Open House||Wichita, KS|
|April 6||Family Powersports Open House||Lubbock, TX|
|April 5-6||LeMans Regional Showcase||King of Prussia, PA|
|April 6-7||Southern Thunder H-D Open House||Southaven, MS|