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.