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Epic Speedway Battle and Full 12-Rider Field to Hit the Famed Pomona Half Mile!

| 3 October 2014 5:22 pm

AMA Pro Grand National Championship Flat Track Series
Final Round: Pomona Half Mile at the L.A. Fairplex

By Charlie Frank
POMONA, CA, OCT. 3, 2014

On Saturday, October 11, former World Champion Billy Hamill and National Champion Billy Janniro will battle a host of other world-class riders at the Super Speedway Invitational in Pomona, California, as part of the AMA Law Tigers Flat Track Finals.

Billy Janniro (1) and Billy Hamill shake hands at Industry Speedway, site of the fourth round of the AMA National Speedway Championship. File photo by Craig Hashey

Billy Janniro (1) and Billy Hamill shake hands at Industry Speedway, site of the fourth round of the AMA National Speedway Championship. File photo by Craig Hashey

After a thrilling debut of speedway bike racing at the 2013 AMA Law Tigers Flat Track Finals, the speedway bikes will roar back into the monster Pomona Half Mile with a full field of riders and a full speedway program for 2014.

Former World Speedway bike champion Billy Hamill – last year’s winner of the Speedway Invitational at the AMA Law Tigers Flat Track Finals, presented by Pomona Valley Harley-Davidson and Glendale Harley-Davidson – will have his work cut out for him this year, as five-time Speedway National Champion Billy Janniro will join a full field of speedway riders ready to strip the crown away from Hamill.

“I think the speedway community is excited to see me compete against Hamill and the other riders on the big track,” said Janniro with a smile.

Janniro, a resident of Lake Berryessa, California, near Napa Valley, does not regularly compete on the tracks of Southern California. An altercation at last year’s U.S. National Championships at Costa Mesa Speedway at the Orange County Fairgrounds led to a ban on Janniro competing at that facility. This ban has only fueled the fire for the big showdown between Hamill and Janniro at Pomona on Saturday, October 11.

The other major factor is that the speedway riders do not normally compete on a giant half-mail oval like Pomona. Most domestic speedway races take place on much smaller tracks of one-eighth to a quarter of a mile.

AMA Law Tigers Flat Track Finals promoters Chris Morgan and Charlie Frank have brought in veteran speedway racing promoter Steve Evans to produce this portion of the night of racing.

“The 2014 Super Long Track at Pomona breaks new ground once more,” Evans said. “We have the best two domestic-based riders who are even on the one-eighth-mile bullring tracks, even on the quarter-mile Euro tracks, racing each other at 120 mph for the first time on a five-eighths-mile-long track. This literally is the speedway duel of the year, and the two Billys will put on a great show!”

There is a whole host of other world-class speedway riders wishing to spoil the Hamill-Janniro showdown, including Max Ruml, the 2013 and 2014 Under 21 National Champion; Austin Novratil, the 2014 AMA Long Track National Champion; and veteran Eddie Castro, former Arizona State Champion.

The AMA Law Tigers Flat Track Finals, presented locally by Pomona Valley Harley-Davidson and Harley-Davidson of Glendale, will boast an incredible night of motorcycle racing and events. Along with the much-anticipated speedway program, both the 750cc and 450cc AMA National Champions will be crowned at Pomona on October 11.

There are also many other motorcycle events built around these races, including the Ascot Reunion, where fans can see the motorcycles and riders that made this track world famous; the Legends Autograph Session, at which 40 of the most famous names in motorcycle racing will be present to meet and greet the fans; a live performance by the rockabilly band The Loveless, which is on tap for 4 30 p.m.; the Miss Flat Track Finals Pin-Up Girl contest’s top three contenders will be in attendance and interacting with fans from 4 30 to 6 p.m.; and the Gasser Customs Vintage Motorcycle Rally, featuring vintage bikes and café racers, will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. For those who own either vintage bikes or café racers and want to take part in the Gasser Customs Vintage Motorcycle Rally, please contact Gasser Customs at 213/437-6316.

Ride the Pomona Half Mile racetrack right before the races on Saturday, October 11. If you ride a motorcycle to the event, have a valid ticket to the race and are lined up by the turn-four entrance by 6 p.m. with a waiver signed, you can do one slow-speed lap as part of the “Lap of Honor” at Pomona immediately before the track goes hot for the race. This is only for riders 18 years of age or older.

The AMA Law Tigers Flat Track Finals on Saturday, October 11, will be one of the biggest and most diverse nights of motorcycle racing and events ever scheduled. For more information, please visit the event website at www.FlatTrackFinals.com.

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