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 Gagne descends the famous corkscrew at Laguna Seca (Credit: RoadRace Factory/GeoCrash Photography)

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.

Saddlemen racer JD Beach continued his season-long streak of top-5 finishes and James Rispoli finished 8thJD Beach (#95, left) and James Rispoli (#43, center) put together solid finishes (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

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.

Tomas Puerta started from the pole-position, but the 16-lap race proved to be anything but routine for PuertaTomas Puerta qualified in pole-position and finished 2nd at the U.S. Grand Prix (Credit: RoadRace Factory/GeoCrash Photography)

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.

Corey Alexander finished just 0.177-second behind Puerta for 3rd place at Laguna SecaCorey Alexander (right) joined Puerta (left) on the podium with a 3rd place finish (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

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.

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Saddlemen racers JD Beach and Jake Gagne on the podium in LexingtonSaddlemen supported riders JD Beach (left) and Jake Gagne (right) each earned a 2nd and 3rd place finish in Lexington (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

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.

JD Beach and James Rispoli racing at LexingtonJD Beach (#95) finished 2nd and James Rispoli (#43) finished 5th, both career bests (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

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.

Hayden Gillim celebrating his first SuperSport victory of the season at LexingtonHayden Gillim notched his first SuperSport victory of the season on Sunday (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

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.

JD Beach and James Rispoli racing at LexingtonTomas Puerta piloted his Saddlemen-equipped bike to a SuperSport victory Saturday (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

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.

Saddlemen racers Brad Baker and Jake Shoemaker share the podium at HagerstownBaker (center) shared the podium with fellow Saddlemen rider Jake Shoemaker (left) in 2nd (Credit: AMA Pro Racing/Dave Hoenig)

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - July 8, 2013 - Saddlemen sponsored riders dominated the fourth round of the AMA Pro Flat Track series this weekend, landing three riders on the podium and adding an Expert Twins victory to the growing list of accomplishments on this young race season.

AMA Pro GNC Expert Twins

A week after the Lima Half-Mile was cancelled due to inclement weather, Saddlemen Flat Track racers lined up in Hagerstown, MD for just the fourth race of the season.

Saddlemen rider Brad Baker continued his strong start to the 2013 season with a dominant performance at Hagerstown Speedway. Baker notched his first career GNC Expert Twins victory with authority, continually stretching his lead over 25 laps to an eventual 6.77-second win. Baker also won the $1,000 Dash For Cash award, making this a weekend to remember for the 20-year-old racer that now leads both the GNC Combined standings and the GNC Expert Twins standings.

Hagerstown sees Saddlemen rider Brad Saddlemen rider Brad Baker captured his first career GNC Expert victory at Hagerstown (Credit: AMA Pro Racing/Dave Hoenig)

Fellow Saddlemen racer Jake Shoemaker finished 2nd in the first GNC Expert Twins race of his career with poise and maturity. Doug Lawrence won his heat and carried the momentum into the main event, finishing 4th in what was just his second race of the season. Rounding out the Top 5 for Saddlemen was Sammy Halbert in 5th.

Saddlemen GNC Expert Twins Results

1. B. Baker; 2. J. Shoemaker; 4. D. Lawrence; 5. S. Halbert; 6. JD Beach; 7. J. Johnson; 8. K. Coolbeth; 9. H. Wiles; 11. B. Bauman; 12. R. Pearson; 14. C. Johncox; 16. C. Cose; 17. B. Robinson; 18. S. Baer

Saddlemen GNC Expert Twins Top 10

1. B. Baker; 2. S. Halbert; 3. H. Wiles; 4. D. Lawrence; 5. J. Johnson; 6. K. Coolbeth; 7. J. Shoemaker; 9. R. Pearson

AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles

Dan Bromley led the way for the stable of Saddlemen riders in the Pro Singles class with a 3rd place podium finish at Hagerstown, earning 16 points for his 2013 campaign and boosting him to 11th in the standings. Ryan Wells followed Bromley across the line with a 4th place finish and is just ten points behind the leader in 3rd place. Stephen Vanderkuur rounded out the Top 5 and climbed to 7th in the standings along the way.

Saddlemen Pro Singles Hagerstown Results

3. D. Bromley; 4. R. Wells; 5. S. Vanderkuur; 11. D. Colindres; 12. S. Texter; 13. C. Johncox

Saddlemen Pro Singles Top 10

3. R. Wells; 7. S. Vanderkuur; 9. D. Colindres; 10. S. Texter

The Fifth Round of AMA Pro Flat Track racing is slated for July 20 at the Grays Harbor Half-Mile.

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After all was said and done it was Jake Gagne who led the way with a pair of 2nd place finishesJake Cagne put together a pair of 2nd place finishes at Barber (Credit: RoadRace Factory/GeoCrash Photography)

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - June 25, 2013 - Saddlemen captured seven podium finishes in the Triumph SuperBike Classic at Barber Motorsports Park. Warm temperatures and some close battles made for an exciting weekend in Birmingham, AL as some of the best young racers in the sport put their Saddlemen seats to the test.

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike

Saddlemen’s impressive stable of talented young racers put forth their best efforts this weekend in the Daytona SportBike class, and after all was said and done it was Jake Gagne who led the way with a pair of 2nd place finishes. After a commanding performance in Saturday’s race, the RoadRace Factory rider experienced a setback when he high-sided in Sunday morning warm-ups. Despite injuring both feet, the 19-year old fought through the pain and challenged for the lead through a majority of the second race. As the leader pulled away in the final laps Gagne settled for another 2nd place finish, and with it a solid hold on the same position in the DSB standings.

Beach improved on Sunday with a 3rd place finishJD Beach joined Gagne on the podium with a 3rd place on Sunday (Credit: RoadRace Factory/GeoCrash Photography)

Gagne’s RoadRace Factory teammate, JD Beach, is continuing to demonstrate growth as he held off a late charge to take the final spot in the top-5 by just .003 seconds. Beach improved on Sunday with a 3rd place finish. Although he was the fourth bike across the line, Beach was promoted to the podium after a 5-second jump-start penalty was enforced on several riders. This podium is the second of the season for Beach, and he holds a 2-point lead for 3rd place in the standings.

National Guard/Celtic Racing’s James Rispoli continued his streak of 7th place finishes with another in Race 1 aboard his Saddlemen Performance Chicane seat. The Rocket made some adjustments in Sunday morning practice that apparently paid off. Rispoli made a beautiful pass into third at the famous “Charlotte’s Web” turn, but fell back to a battle for fifth place in the final laps. Though James did not capture his first top-5 SportBike finish, he did end up with a career-best 6th place, and is in 5th in the Daytona SportBike standings.

JD Beach and Jake GagneRoadRace Factory Red Bull teammates JD Beach (left) and Jake Gagne (right) (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Riders Discount racer Joey Pascarella put together a pair of top-10 finishes. Following Saturday’s 9th place finish, the 2012 Daytona 200 champ finished 10th on Sunday. These are the first top-10 finishes of the season for the Pascarella, and he has climbed the ranks to 15th after five races.

D&D Cycles/Castrol’s Bobby Fong rode his Saddlemen-equipped Triumph Daytona 675 to an 8th place finish in Race 1, but dropped out midway through the second race. Fong is in 10th in the standings.

AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport

With National Guard/Celtic Racing’s Caroline Olsen still recovering from shoulder surgery, Saddlemen only had four racers compete in the SuperSport class at Barber. Race 1 saw a pair of Saddlemen-equipped riders atop the podium, as RoadRace Factory’s Tomas Puerta finished 2nd and TOBC Racing’s Nick McFadden followed in 3rd.

Puerta and McFadden on podium for Saturday's SuperSport race Tomas Puerta (left) finished 2nd and Nick McFadden (right) 3rd in Saturday's SuperSport race (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Puerta followed up on Sunday with a 3rd place finish, missing out on a 2-2 weekend by just .004 seconds. Puerta did not earn points for his SuperSport West campaign, but a pair of podium finishes on his Saddlemen-equipped R6 is a good sign for the 20-year old in search of his first SuperSport title.

Puerta was joined on the Sunday podium by fellow Saddlemen racer Hayden Gillim who finished 2nd. The Team 95 rider improved on his 4th place in the first race of the weekend by earning his second podium finish of the season in Race 2 and establishing himself in 3rd place in the SuperSport East standings.

McFadden just turned 16 this June, qualifying him for AMA Pro competition. He started his AMA career off with a bang with his 3rd place podium appearance in his first pro race. Unfortunately, Nick crashed out of the second race, but his impressive debut got him started at 10th in the SuperSport East standings.

National Guard/Celtic Racing’s Corey Alexander continued his strong 2013 campaign with a pair of 6th place finishes. After 3 rounds of racing on his Saddlemen Performance Sport seat, Alexander is just two points behind the SuperSport East leader in 2nd place.

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Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - June 5, 2013 - Round two of the AMA Pro Road Racing season yielded top results for Saddlemen-sponsored riders. The double-header weekend at Road America, held May 31-June 2, resulted in 11 top-ten finishes for Saddlemen, including 3 race wins and 6 podium appearances.

Saddlemen rider Jake Gagne put together an impressive weekend, going 2-1 with his first DSB victory of the seasonSaddlemen rider Jake Gagne put together an impressive weekend, going 2-1 with his first DSB victory of the season (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Daytona SportBike

Coming off a 4th place finish in the season-opening Daytona 200, RoadRace Factory’s Jake Gagne finished 2nd in race one on his Saddlemen-equipped Yamaha YZF-R6. He bettered his result in the second race after a back-and-forth battle out front. Gagne pressured his competitor into a mistake with just a few laps to go and took his first SportBike victory of the season, propelling him into the second spot in the DSB standings.

Gagne’s RoadRace Factory teammate JD Beach also had a solid weekend, earning a pair of top-5 finishes. Beach made his first podium appearance of the season after a thrilling 3rd place finish in Saturday’s race, and followed it up with a solid 4th place finish on Sunday. Beach is in fourth in the class standings after the first few rounds of racing.

D&D Cycles/Castrol/Triumph’s Bobby Fong brought home 6th in race one on his Triumph Daytona 675. James Rispoli was also a top-ten finisher, earning a pair of 7th place finishes on his National Guard/Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R600.

Joey Pascarella and Kyle Wyman each earned a top-15 finish in Daytona SportBike on their Triumph Daytona 675s. Pascarella was 13th in race one on his Riders Discount Triumph, and Wyman finished 15th in race two.

Corey Alexander swept the SuperSport class aboard his Saddlemen Performance Sport seatCorey Alexander swept the SuperSport class aboard his Saddlemen Performance Sport seat (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

SuperSport

National Guard/Celtic Racing’s Corey Alexander is off to a hot start on his Saddlemen-equipped Suzuki GSX-R600, landing in the winner’s circle twice at Road America. His two victories on his Saddlemen Performance Sport seat closed the gap in the SuperSport East championship to just six points behind the leader.

Tomas Puerta, another RoadRace Factory rider, followed up a 4th place finish in race one with 3rd in race two. Following his podium at Road America, Puerta has a comfortable 32-point lead in the SuperSport West standings.

Alexander took Sunday's SuperSport race in a photo finishAlexander took Sunday's SuperSport race in a photo finish (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Hayden Gillim was another top Saddlemen rider in SuperSport, finishing 8th in race two on the Team 95 Yamaha YZF-R6. National Guard/Celtic Racing newcomer Caroline Olsen finished 14th on Saturday but was injured in a multi-bike crash off the starting line in Sunday’s race. Olsen has undergone surgery to repair an injured shoulder and is expected to make a full recovery.

Harley-Davidson Series

In the Harley-Davidson Series, Saddlemen rider Cory Texter finished a lucky 13th on the MOB Racing Harley-Davidson XR1200. Texter has finished top-15 in both rounds this season.

Saddlemen riders have a short break before heading south to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, for round three of the AMA Pro Road Racing season, June 21-23.


 

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Halbert pulled into the lead for good with just a few laps remaining

Sammy Halbert took the checkers in Round 3 of the AMA Pro Flat Track Series. Credit: AMA Pro Racing

Saddlemen supported racers broke in the new 99 Speedway at the Stockton Half-Mile in style, sweeping the GNC podium in Round 3 of the AMA Pro Flat Track series.

AMA Pro GNC Expert Twins

The Stockton Half-Mile was not only the inaugural for the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds venue, but also featured the first GNC Expert Twins action of the season. Sammy Halbert rode his Saddlemen-equipped Harley to an early lead before settling into several laps of trading the lead with fellow Saddlemen rider Brad Baker. Halbert pulled into the lead for good with just a few laps remaining, and Baker followed him across the line less than a second later. Henry Wiles added his own podium bid after winning the battle for third place, and Rob Pearson rounded out the top 5.

Brandon Robinson finished 6th but after three rounds of racing retains the top spot on the combined leader board ahead of Baker in second and Wiles in third. Kenny Coolbeth Jr. finished 7th and Mikey Martin 10th to give Saddlemen seven of the top 10 positions in the Stockton Half-Mile results.

Saddlemen Stockton GNC Twins Results

1. S. Halbert; 2. B. Baker; 3. Henry Wiles; 5. Rob Pearson; 6. B. Robinson; 7. K. Coolbeth; 10. M. Martin; 11. S. Bonsey; 13. J. Lewis; 14. K. Kolkman; 15. Briar Bauman; 16. J. Mees; 17. S. Baer

Sammy Halbert rode his Saddlemen-equipped Harley to an early lead before settling into several laps of trading the lead with fellow Saddlemen rider Brad Baker

Saddlemen riders Sammy Halbert (#7) and Brad Baker (#12) battle for the lead in the GNC Twins race at Stockton Half-Mile. Credit: AMA Pro Racing

AMA Pro J&P Cycles Pro Singles

Saddlemen also hit the podium in the Pro Singles class as Shayna Texter finished second in Stockton

Shayna Texter (left) rode her Saddlemen-equipped bike to a 2nd place podium finish in the Pro Singles race in Stockton. Credit: AMA Pro Racing

Saddlemen also hit the podium in the Pro Singles class as Shayna Texter finished second in Stockton. After taking a late lead Texter settled into second and held off charging competitors as the checkered flag flew. Texter’s strong performance pushed her into 10th place in the early season standings.

Rookie Bronson Bauman made his AMA Flat Track debut in Round 3, eventually finishing in 7th place. Younger brother of 2012 Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Briar Bauman, Bronson turned some heads with an impressive start to a promising career.

Saddlemen Stockton Pro Singles Results

2. S. Texter; 7. Bronson Bauman; 9. R. Wells; 10. S. Vanderkuur; 11. D. Collindres; 18. A. Scaggs

2013 AMA Pro Grand National Show

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"Following all motorsports for 40 years, I’ve seen it all. When it comes to close, fast, competitive racing there is one that stands out: The AMA Pro Racing Grand National Championship Flat Track Series wins every time. Maybe it’s because motorcycle flat-track racers are very different from any other motorsports competitor. The danger factor is unusually high because of the closeness and speeds on an unpredictable dirt track. All forms of motorcycle racing have their dangers, but none like the life-and-limb risks of flat track..."

"Flat track is the longest-running motorcycle-racing phenomenon. Since the day there were two motorcycles, the race has been on! Some industry icons and brands have supported the series for decades, such as Saddlemen Seat and Luggage, Motion Pro, K&N Filters, Vortex, Harley-Davidson, and Triumph..."

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

Saddlemen sponsored rider Mikey Rush takes the win in Round 1 (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

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.

Sponsored riders Brandon Robinson and Brad Baker take first and third in Round 2

Sponsored riders Brandon Robinson and Brad Baker take first and third in Round 2 (credit: J&P Cycles)

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

Bobby Fong finished 3<sup>rd</sup> in the legendary Daytona 200, getting the Daytona SportBike season off to a good start for Triple Crown/RMR

Saddlemen’s Bobby Fong secures third place in the Daytona 200.

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.

Saddlemen’s Tomas Puerta takes first and Corey Alexander third in SuperSport Round 2.

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.

Bobby Fong competed in Friday’s Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson opener

Saddlemen sponsored Bobby Fong takes third place in H-D Series.

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 selected Briar Bauman as 2012 Rookie of the Year

Briar Bauman, the 2012 Saddlemen Rookie of the Year, looks to improve on his strong performances in the tough GNC competition. Credit: AMA 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.

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.

Jared Mees will defend his GNC Expert Singles and Combined titles aboard his Saddlemen Flat Track seat. Credit: AMA Racing

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.

Jake Shoemaker will certainly be in the Pro Singles title hunt in 2013 following his 2nd place finish last year. Credit: AMA Racing

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.