Circuit of the Americas
Courtesy of AMA Pro Racing
AUSTIN, TX, JUNE 4, 2015
Yesterday, the AMA Pro Flat Track athletes who are set to showcase their sport on the world stage today finally got their first look at the track being used for the Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing at X Games.
Wednesday saw 24 AMA Pro Flat Track stars – including Brad Baker, Jared Mees, Bryan Smith and Kenny Coolbeth Jr. – take to the three-eighths-mile track built at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, to practice for the event, which will be flat-track motorcycle racing’s debut in ESPN’s extreme sports showcase.
The practice day gave track officials time to prepare the track surface, which was understandably rough, as Texas continues to recover from massive rainstorms in recent weeks.
Riders tested the track in groups and even got their first look at the motocross-style starting gate. Although the on-track sessions weren’t timed, riders were visibly faster as the day went on, and they mixed it up in full-race mode when it came time to test the new starting procedure.
Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing will kick off ESPN’s live coverage of the X Games on Thursday, June 4, at 8:30 p.m. ET/ 5:30 p.m. PT.
Brad Baker, rider of the number-six Factory Harley-Davidson: “I’m feeling really excited about it. It’s really cool! This is a pretty sweet venue, and ESPN, X Games and everybody involved are doing a really good job getting the track prepared. I’m feeling good. I feel fast, I feel confident and I feel comfortable. That’s a pretty good combination to go out and do well tomorrow.”
Kenny Coolbeth Jr., rider of the number-two Harley-Davidson of Wausau Harley-Davidson: “I’m really excited. It’s a huge opportunity for our sport and us personally. It’s brought a lot of cool sponsors to us, and hopefully it keeps on generating that stuff. The track’s all right, it’s ridable, they’re working on it, and I’m sure it’s going to be better tomorrow.”
Danny Eslick, two-time defending Daytona 200 road-race champion and the rider of the number-69G Salina Harley-Davidson entry: “It’s just super cool to be part of the X Games and get back to my roots, flat tracking. That’s what I grew up doing and where I come from. It’s definitely cool to slide around on the dirt, and to be one of the riders invited to the X Games is huge. The track is the same for everybody. With the weather they’ve been dealt, there’s not a lot they can do. They’ve done the best they can for what they’ve had to work with, and it’s going to be up to us to put on a good show. It’s going to be fun.”
Cory Texter, rider of the number-65 Racing Unlimited Kawasaki and a member of the first brother-and-sister duo, along with Shayna Texter, to compete against each other in the X Games: “I’m excited to race tomorrow. The track was very technical and rough today. I’m going to give it my all, and hopefully that’s good enough for a medal. After Harley-Davidson Flat Track, the X Games event I really want to see is RallyCar, because it’s an event I would love to compete in one day.”
Shayna Texter, rider of the number-52 Crosley Radio Kawasaki: “The X Games flat-track show is going to display the best flat trackers in the world. The track is small and technical, and the addition of the gate start is going to provide a new challenge and keep the racing close.”
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