Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - August 20, 2013 - The eyes of the motorcycle world were focused on Indianapolis, IN this past weekend as the MotoGP, AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track descended on this iconic racing city. Saddlemen riders in the AMA Pro Flat Track Series once again made their mark, with five podiums including the second win of the year for Pro Singles rider Shayna Texter.
AMA Pro GNC Expert Twins
Saddlemen rider Brad Baker headed to Indy with a chance to tack more points onto his lead in both the GNC Expert Twins standings and the GNC Combined standings. Baker battled through 25 laps with fellow Saddlemen rider Brandon Robinson for the 2nd place spot, with a final lap pass by Robinson to take the honors. Baker finished 3rd while Jared Mees and JD Beach finished 4th and 5th, respectively.
Brad Baker, who already has the Expert Singles title under his belt, has been the mark of consistency this season. The 3rd place finish at the Indy Mile extended his top-5 streak to eight races, and keeps Baker in the lead in the Expert Twins and Combined standings. Sammy Halbert, Brandon Robinson and Henry Wiles fill out the Expert Twins 3-5 spots while Jared Mees joins Wiles and Robinson in the Combined top-5.
Saddlemen GNC Expert Twins Results - Indy
2. B. Robinson; 3. B. Baker; 4. J. Mees; 5. JD Beach; 6. K. Coolbeth Jr; 7. H Wiles; 8. S. Bonsey; 10. R. Pearson; 12. Briar Bauman; 15. M. Martin; 17. S. Baer; 18. J. Lewis
Saddlemen GNC Expert Twins Standings - Top-10
1. B. Baker; 3. S. Halbert; 4. B. Robinson; 5. H. Wiles; 6. K. Coolbeth Jr; 7. J. Mees; 9. R. Pearson
Saddlemen GNC Combined Standings - Top-10
1. B. Baker; 3. H. Wiles; 4. J. Mees; 5. B. Robinson; 7. K. Coolbeth Jr; 9. R. Pearson; 10. S. Halbert
AMA Pro J&P Pro Singles
Saddlemen’s Stephen Vanderkuur nabbed the holeshot and took an early lead, and for a while it looked like the defending Pro Singles champ might get his first win of the season. Fellow Saddlemen rider Shayna Texter was not content in second place, however. Texter chased down Vanderkuur, passed him on the ninth lap, and held on to win her second race of the season. Vanderkuur finished less than a second behind Texter for the 2nd place position, his best mark of the season.
Cody Johncox put in his best ride of the season and completed the Saddlemen podium sweep with a 3rd place finish. Dominic Colindres finished 4th to give Saddlemen four of the top-5 spots.
Ryan Wells continued his season-long top-10 streak with a 9th place finish at Indy and leads all Saddlemen riders in the points standings in 2nd place, just four points behind the leader. Vanderkuur sits in 4th in the standings, while Texter and Colindres are tied for 6th.
Saddlemen Pro Singles Results - Indy
1. S. Texter; 2. S. Vanderkuur; 3. C. Johncox; 4. D. Colindres; 7. Bronson Bauman; 9. R. Wells
Saddlemen Pro Singles Standings - Top-10
2. R. Wells; 4. S. Vanderkuur; 6. S. Texter; 7. D. Colindres; 10. Bronson Bauman
He may have had to work for this one, but at the end of the day everyone in the house knew that the 9th-straight win by Henry Wiles at the Peoria TT was a day of champions for the former 2-Time AMA Grand National Singles Champion.
After losing power on his #17 Don's Kawasaki-sponsored Honda CRF450R, Hammerin' Hank was forced to race his way into the National main event via his semi race at round 7 of the AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season in Thunder Valley.
And after starting from the third row in the 18-rider main, Wiles put on a clinic on clean passing as he methodically picked off rider after rider throughout the event's first 10 laps before taking the lead and soaring on to another victory at Henry's House and setting a new record of 9-straight wins in Sunday's running of the annual Peoria Motorcycle Club-hosted event. Henry now sits second in the series points standings.
One of those riders Wiles worked his way around was Steve Bonsey on the #80 Zanotti Racing Honda entry (shown above) who fell to the King of Peoria between turns one and two early in the event's running. But as he did with the near 15 riders he was forced to work his way around, Hank made it clean and pretty in his romp to the front. It was truly a great day for Henry, and it was a pleasure to be there to take in the history that he made of the day!
Major accomplishments from Sundays Peoria T.T. August 11th 2013
- A record 9 Wins in a row at the Peoria T.T.
- Now 10th on the all time win list at 24 national wins
- Track record
- 25 lap record
Check out this link for a cool flip-through copy of Cycle News featuring Wile's historic win
Brad Baker Claims GNC Expert Singles Title
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport
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.
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.
AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series
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.