Springfield Short Track & Springfield Mile II Race Report

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - September 18, 2012 - Saddlemen’s flat track racers put on a clinic this weekend as the AMA Pro Flat Track Series returned to the Illinois State Fairgrounds for the rescheduled Springfield Short Track and Springfield Mile II. Saddlemen finished the weekend with top honors in three of the four class races, with the highlight coming as Jared Mees was crowned the 2012 GNC Expert Singles Champion.

AMA Pro Grand National Championship
The Springfield race weekend kicked off with Saturday’s Expert Singles finale on the short track. Saddlemen’s Henry Wiles took top honors following a tight battle with fellow Saddlemen racer Brad Baker, who grabbed the holeshot off the pole. Jared Mees joined Wiles and Baker on the podium as Saddlemen Rookie of the Year hopeful Briar Bauman finished 4th.

The action continued on Sunday as racers took on the seventh round of the GNC Expert Twins racing at the Springfield Mile. Bryan Smith claimed his second victory of the season after surrendering his lead to Sammy Halbert late in the race. The two Saddlemen riders were joined on the podium by Jared Mees, as young up-and-comer JD Beach took 4th aboard his Saddlemen Flat Track seat.

Saddlemen AMA GNC Results - Springfield Short Track & Springfield Mile II

Rider Springfield Short Track 9/15/12 Springfield Mile II 9/16/12 GNC Overall Standings
Jared Mees 3rd 3rd 1st
Sammy Halbert 14th 2nd 3rd
Bryan Smith 12th 1st 4th
Brad Baker 2nd 10th 5th
Henry Wiles 1st 18th 6th
Jeffrey Carver 7th 15th 7th
Brandon Robinson 9th 9th 10th
Briar Bauman 4th --- 12th
JD Beach 6th 4th 13th
Rob Pearson 8th 14th 14th
Jethro Halbert 17th 8th 15th
Steve Bonsey --- 12th 16th
Michael Martin 13th --- 21st
Jake Mataya 16th --- 27th
Chad Cose 15th --- 33rd
Cory Texter 18th --- 46th


Jared Mees’ third place finish was more than sufficient to wrap up the GNC Expert Singles Championship aboard his Saddlemen Flat Track seat. Sammy Halbert finished the season in second and Henry Wiles finished third.

With just three rounds of GNC races remaining, Mees holds onto first place in the overall standings and third in the Expert Twins standings. Bryan Smith sits in second in Expert Twins and fourth overall, and Sammy Halbert is in fourth in Expert Twins and third overall.


AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles
It took two holeshots for Saddlemen’s Dan Bromley to claim his first Pro Singles victory on Saturday, as a crash and red flag resulted in a restart with just five laps remaining. Bromley stayed cool and managed to hold on for the Short Track win. Fellow Saddlemen rider Jake Shoemaker joined him in the top five.

Sunday’s Springfield Mile was even more dramatic, as Saddlemen’s Cody Johncox won by just .004 seconds over the second-place finisher. Johncox managed to make his way to the front for the final two laps and held on long enough for the first Pro Singles win of his career.

Saddlemen AMA Pro Singles – Springfield Short Track & Springfield Mile II

Rider Springfield Short Track 9/15/12 Springfield Mile II 9/16/12 Pro Singles Standings
Jake Shoemaker 5th 10th 3rd
Ryan Wells 17th --- 4th
Shayna Texter --- 6th 7th
Jake Cunningham 11th 14th 9th
Nick Mataya 13th 11th 11th
Jim Monaco --- 12th 13th
Dan Bromley 1st --- 17th
Eric Stump --- 17th 19th
Cody Johncox --- 1st 30th
Joe Bromley 16th --- 59th


With just three rounds of Pro Singles racing remaining, Saddlemen’s Jake Shoemaker sits in third place in the standings as fellow Saddlemen rider Ryan Wells sits in fourth.


Saddlemen has been making high performance seats for racing for over 20 years. During that time some of the world's fastest racers have fitted their motorcycles with Saddlemen seats, including land speed attempters, flat track racers and road racers. Saddlemen is the Official Seat of AMA Pro Racing.

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - September 11, 2012 - Saddlemen’s road racers traveled to New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ this past weekend for the Round 10 of the AMA Pro Road Racing Series.

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike
Saddlemen’s JD Beach has been the mark of consistency all season long, finishing in the top 10 in all but one race this year. The Road Race Factory/Red Bull rider finished 9th on Saturday, with fellow Saddlemen riders Joey Pascarella, Jake Zemke and Cory West behind him in 16th, 24th and 27th, respectively.



Sunday’s race would bring with it better results with Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki’s Cory West leading the way in 6th. Ducshop Racing’s Zemke followed in 7th and Beach finished 8th, while West’s teammate Pascarella finished 13th.

JD Beach rode his 13th and 14th straight top-10 finishes into 6th in the SportBike standings, with Jake Zemke just 5 points behind in 8th. West and Pascarella round out the top 10 with just 4 races remaining in the 2012 season.

AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport
Celtic Racing/Orient Express rider James Rispoli took top honors in Saturday’s race with authority, cruising to the finish line with the next rider nearly 12 seconds behind him. Teammate Corey Alexander finished Race 1 in 13th, and Jake Lewis finished in 15th.


Sunday’s contest was cut short as a collision ended the race after 16 of 19 scheduled laps. The reset race order landed Rispoli in 2nd aboard his Saddlemen Chicane seat. Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki’s Jake Lewis emerged from the pack to take 3rd place, as Alexander followed in 4th on his Saddlemen Sport seat.


Saddlemen has been making high performance seats for racing for over 20 years. During that time some of the world's fastest racers have fitted their motorcycles with Saddlemen seats, including land speed attempters, flat track racers and road racers. Saddlemen is the Official Seat of AMA Pro Racing.

#2 Kenny Coolbeth Jr. takes his 28th career victory at the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Knoxville Half-Mile Flat Track Grand National Championship. Watch highlights from Coolbeth's dominate performance in Iowa, and how he overcame a broken tibia and fibia nine weeks prior for his first victory of the 2012 season. Watch the video on YouTube.

Adelaide Masters' Series – Mondello Park

PJ Jacobsen took a debut Superbike victory on the short track at Mondello Park during the Adelaide Masters’ Series on Sunday on his Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superstock machine. He also took second and third placed finishes in two other Masters’ Superbike outings.

The 18-year-old New Yorker was primarily using the track time to prepare for this weekend’s Silverstone British championship round, but enjoyed the experience and hopes to return in October for the final round.

“Yeah it was a pretty good day,” said Jacobsen. “It was a case of really having to know the track to go quick, but although it was a bit bumpy we did okay against the local guys who had home advantage. It was nice to take a win and two other podium positions and the Tyco Suzuki worked awesome all day.

“Lee [Johnston] just got the best of me on the last lap of the Grand Final. I did get past at turn one, but ran a bit wide. I was lining him up for a pass at the last corner but he held me off, but it was a good day. I would have liked to have won all three races but it sets me up well for Donington Park. I feel awesome on the bike right now and I’m really looking forward to Donington where the aim is to finish on the box.”

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - August 30, 2012 - Saddlemen is teaming up with AMA Flat Track superstar Jared Mees to offer fans the unique opportunity to go “Slidin’ with Jared Mees” at the Springfield Mile this weekend.

“Slidin’ with Jared Mees” offers flat track fans the chance to jump on Jared’s Saddlemen Flat Track seat in the pro paddocks for a photo op with the GNC leader’s Harley-Davidson. Jared will have one of his race bikes mounted in a sliding position to replicate the look and feel of sliding through a corner. Fans can climb aboard and have pictures taken in a simulated dirt track slide!


Fans will then be able to visit www.saddlemen.com/racing/slidin-with-jared-mees to download their complimentary “Slidin’ with Jared Mees” photo. See you at the Springfield Mile, September 1-2 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds for Rounds 11 & 12 of AMA Pro Flat Track Racing action.


Young rider, PJ Jacobsen, returns to the AMA Pro Racing paddock to contend the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 races during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, and the start of the XR Showdown. Watch the video on YouTube here.


Last Chance to Register

  • There are still spots available to participate in the Class of ’79 Charity Golf Tournament presented by Saddlemen.
  • Participants will be paired with current and former GNC racers at the August 31st tournament in Springfield, IL.
  • All proceeds go directly to AIR.

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - August 24, 2012 - The Class of ’79 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament presented by Saddlemen is fast approaching and there are just a few spots left for the opportunity to support Aid to Injured Riders (AIR).

The August 31st tournament in Springfield, Illinois will kick off the Springfield Mile weekend as participants are paired with current and past GNC riders for a round of best ball golf. Prizes will be available on select holes for closest to the pin, hole-in-one and more, and the event will be followed by lunch, an awards banquet, a silent auction and autograph session.

The cost to participate is $100 for pre-entry and $125 the day of the event. Space is limited to the first 54 golfers to sign up, but there are still a few spots open. Contact Nicalee Sowders of AIR at 405-664-7821 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. All proceeds go directly to AIR. Learn more about the wonderful work they do at www.air-fund.org.

Participating Riders:

Scotty Parker Tommy Duma
Bubba Shobert Lance Jones
Mike Kidd Charlie Roberts
Ronnie Jones Doug Lawrence
Jared Mees Jason Isennock
Jake Johnson Scott Deubler
Brian Smith Kevin Atherton
Johnny Lewis Chad Cose
Rob Pearson And many more!

Take a look at the event flyer for more details. Click for full size.



DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 14, 2012) - The second half of the 2012 AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com and Lucas Oil started with a bang as the series returned to the oldest venue on the circuit. Peoria, IL and the Peoria Motorcycle Club's Race Park TT served as round nine of the 16 race series.

Just like the last seven years, Henry Wiles dominated the 25-lap national, leading every lap and winning by a margin of almost seven seconds. Repeating their finishes from last week in Castle Rock, WA, series points leader Jared Mees (Montgomeryville Cycle) was second and defending AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Champion Jake Johnson (Zanotti Racing) was a solid third.

Many felt Wiles' winning streak was in jeopardy as he has struggled of late with his potent Kawasaki, but mild-mannered Henry stepped out of the phone booth with his cape firmly attached.

"Everybody was getting nervous. People around me that I talk to sometimes on a weekly basis, I could tell they were nervous," said Wiles. "I said it will be ok, we will be up front. It's tough on a guy sometimes when you are not getting the finishes you know you can, but you are fighting something. We struggled with the bike setup and some mechanical problems, but I tell you, I wasn't frustrated. I know that some things are going to be harder than others."

Wiles win matches Chris Carr's Peoria record of eight consecutive wins. "A lot of people would think eight in a row is enough, but I don't, nine would be nice," warned Wiles. "I tell you what, it's a special thing to be able to come in here and tie Chris' eight. I don't think Chris gets enough credit for winning 13 races here. When you stop and look back, that's a lot of years. A lot of things happen in that amount of time."

"Guys were running good today. I knew the field would be tough," said Wiles. "I qualified fast. I had fast heat race and didn't do so well in the Dash."

Even though Wiles had been fast qualifier and fast heat winner, Sammy Halbert (Fredericktown Yamaha) got the hole-shot in the Dash for Cash and came away with the win. Wiles even had second place slip away as Mees slipped by on the last lap. Halbert's four lap Dash for Cash performance foretold his national problems as each trip over the big jump was an adventure.

Wiles got the lead on what would be an aborted start as Luke Gough (Nicely Motorsports / Skip Eaken Racing) fell heavily coming off the jump on lap one. Gough was unable to make the restart and was transported to a local hospital with a reported leg injury.

When the light flashed green for the 25-lap main event, Wiles shot to the front and it became a race for second.

"Just like last year, I just struggled on the starting line. Wiles popped me right off the line," said Mees. "He did exactly what he had to do. Sammy got in between us and kind of road blocked us a little bit. It is what it is. One of these days maybe I can get off with him and give him a run. We always come here in June and have a lot of dominance, then he puts it on us in the main event."

Wiles' day was not without stress including a major moment late in the race.

"I'm just proud of my team and my sponsors and my mechanic, Johnny (Olmstead). We had some problems in that Dash, but we made some changes to the bike," said Wiles. "I knew when I did the warm up lap that the bike was better. It was a relief. I said, 'Yes, this is going to make my life a little bit easier today.' On about lap 17 or 18 going into turn one I set my foot down, it all happened at just the wrong time. It was just all wrong timing, but I stuck my foot right in a hole, which is something that can happen and I've done it here before. The ground was really hard today. I was tapping it a little bit coming to the jump, I thought I stinking broke it. I knew that I would still be able to win the race if it was broke. I was on a mission today."


Come see us at U.S. Grand Prix - Laguna Seca

  • Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats are now available for 04-12 BMW R1200GS models.
  • Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats combine comfort and control with durability and utility.
  • These Saddlemen seats are available in standard or low profile with optional front heating system.
  • Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats are available through Parts Unlimited dealers.
  • Samples available for media evaluation.

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - July 26, 2012 - Saddlemen has released new applications of its Performance Adventure Track Seats for 04-12 BMW R1200GS models. Saddlemen’s Adventure Track Seats combine comfort, durability and practicality, making it the perfect seat for any adventure.

The Saddlemen Adventure Track seat for 04-12 BMW R1200GS models is the ideal seat for motorcyclists that want to do it all. Adventure Track Seats are designed to provide unparalleled comfort and control on and off the road. Featuring SaddleGel™, progressive density foam and a Gel Channel, this seat will keep adventurers and dual-sport riders in the saddle for hours on end. The durable vinyl and micro-fiber suede cover stands up to the elements, while the built-in pillion mounting points allow you to integrate bags or cargo in just minutes. Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats are available in standard and low profile designs and are offered with an optional front heating system.

Features include:

  • SaddleGel™, progressive density foam and Gel Channel technology for extended comfort
  • Durable and weather-resistant vinyl and micro-fiber suede cover
  • Integrated bag/cargo mounting points on pillion
  • Available in standard or low profile
  • Available with built-in front heating system
  • Made in the U.S.A.

Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats for 04-12 BMW R1200GS
Part # Description MSRP
0810-1153 Standard $599.95
0810-1154 Low Profile $599.95
0810-1155 Standard w/ Front Heat $749.95
0810-1156 Low Profile w/ Front Heat $749.95

The Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats make any adventure ride fun and comfortable.

The Adventure Track Seat features an integrated mounting system for bags and cargo.

Saddlemen Adventure Track Seats are available with a remote controlled, built-in front heating system.


Since 1987 Saddlemen has been dedicated to offering high-quality aftermarket seats, luggage and accessories for all types of motorcycles. Designed for increased comfort and style, all Saddlemen products are built with industry-leading technology and premium materials. Saddlemen's vast line puts American craftsmanship on any type of bike - Harley, cruiser, touring, sport, dual sport, off-road, ATVs and snowmobiles. Whether you race on the track, explore the open road, tackle some unexplored terrain or commute to work, Saddlemen's quality products will help you get where you want to go. Saddlemen is the Official Seat of AMA Pro Racing.

For the first time, Saddlemen will be displaying their line of sport bike and adventure seats at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. Please stop by to talk with Saddlemen's Ron Benfield about the seat of choice for these 2012 racer:

James Rispoli
Jake Lewis
Corey West
Joey Pascarella
Corey Alexander
Jake Zemke

Please visit our exhibit in the Racer Paddock Area and check out Saddlemen's Kevin Schwantz "Brand 34" Signature Chicane seat.

See you in the paddocks.