Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - September 4, 2013 - The Springfield Mile is always one of the highlights of the AMA Pro Flat Track season, and the 2013 doubleheader was no exception as Saddlemen riders Brandon Robinson and Shayna Texter put together a pair of sweeps this Labor Day Weekend.
AMA Pro GNC Expert Twins
The excitement in the Expert Twins class has been thrilling this season, with five different riders claiming victories in just seven races. Saddlemen rider Brad Baker got off to a hot start, taking the Expert Singles title earlier this year and leading the Expert Twins until a bike breakdown at Colonial Downs. Rising up in his place is fellow Saddlemen rider Brandon Robinson, who put in two impressive performances this weekend to sweep the doubleheader.
Robinson had a few rocky turnouts in the middle of the season but has rebounded with refreshed confidence in recent races. His back-to-back wins at Springfield pushed Robinson from third to second in the standings, just 5 points back from the leader with just two rounds remaining.
Saddlemen supported rider JD Beach has been enjoying the long AMA Pro Road Racing breaks by putting in some impressive Flat Track rides of his own. Beach’s pair of third place finishes moved him into seventh in the Expert Twins standings despite only having raced five of the seven events.
Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. had a solid weekend with a sixth place finish on Saturday and followed it up with fourth place on Sunday. Coolbeth, Jr. joins Robinson and Baker in the Expert Twins top-5. Brad Baker finished fifth in both races, proving he can bounce back from disappointment at Colonial Downs with two good races at Springfield. Baker dropped to third in the Expert Twins standings but holds onto a ten point lead in the Combined standings.
Jared Mees missed the top-5 both days, but nevertheless enjoyed a momentous occasion as he married fellow AMA Pro Flat Track racer Nichole Cheza Sunday before the races.
Jake Shoemaker, who finished second in the Pro Singles class in 2012, has made the most of his first season in the big leagues. Shoemaker locked up the Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Award this weekend with two solid finishes.
Saddlemen GNC Results - Springfield Mile I - August 31, 2013
1. B. Robinson; 3. JD Beach; 5. B. Baker; 6. K. Coolbeth Jr; 7. J. Mees; 8. J. Shoemaker; 9. H. Wiles; 11. Briar Bauman; 12. D. Lawrence; 14. M. Martin; 16. R. Pearson; 17. S. Bonsey; 18. J. Lewis
Saddlemen GNC Results - Springfield Mile II - September 1, 2013
1. B. Robinson; 3. JD Beach; 4. K. Coolbeth Jr; 5. B. Baker; 6. J. Mees; 8. D. Lawrence; 9. H. Wiles; 12. S. Bonsey; 13. N. Cheza; 14. D. Crow; 15. J. Shoemaker; 16. M. Martin; 18. J. Lewis
Saddlemen GNC Expert Twins Standings - Top-10
2. B. Robinson; 3. B. Baker; 4. J. Mees; 5. K. Coolbeth Jr; 6. H. Wiles; 7. JD Beach; 9. J. Shoemaker; 10. S. Halbert
Saddlemen GNC Combined Standings - Top-10
1. B. Baker; 3. B. Robinson; 4. H. Wiles; 5. J. Mees; 6. K. Coolbeth Jr; 9. JD Beach; 10. S. Bonsey
AMA Pro Basic Twins
The Springfield Mile played host to the inaugural AMA Pro Basic Twins class this Labor Day Weekend, and Saddlemen’s Shayna Texter took the opportunity to prove that she belongs in the conversation of elite Flat Track talent. Texter won on Saturday by more than 11 seconds, while fellow Saddlemen riders Cody Johncox and Eric Stump followed in third and fifth, respectively.
Texter followed up the incredible performance with another dominant effort, this time winning Sunday’s race by more than five seconds. Johncox improved to second place on Sunday, while Ryan Wells and Eric Stump enjoyed top-10 finishes.
Though she didn’t earn any points towards her 2013 Pro Singles campaign, Texter is still in fourth in the standings. With two races left to go, she will make a final push in an effort to challenge for the title.
Saddlemen Pro Basic Twins Results - Springfield Mile I - August 31, 2013
1. S. Texter; 3. C. Johncox; 5. E. Stump; 12. Bronson Bauman
Saddlemen Pro Basic Twins Results - Springfield Mile II - September 1, 2013
1. S. Texter; 2. C. Johncox; 6. R. Wells; 7. E. Stump
Saddlemen and the AMA Pro Flat Track have a bit of a break with the Round 12 Santa Rosa Mile coming September 29th at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Follow Saddlemen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.