AMA Pro Flat Track Riders to Compete in the Black Hills Half Mile at Sturgis

| 30 July 2015 5:57 pm

75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
AMA Pro Flat Track Championship Series
Round 8: Black Hills Half Mile at Black Hills Speedway

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Photo by Dave Hoenig/AMA Pro Racing

South Dakota is known for its celebrations of all things motorcycles, and on this special Tuesday night, August 4, it will be a celebration of speed and fierce AMA Pro Flat Track racing action in Rapid City on the Half Mile oval at Black Hills Speedway.

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Current points leader and defending Harley-Davidson GNC1, presented by Vance & Hines, champion Jared Mees will be aiming to reach the podium for the sixth time this season, as the number-one Las Vegas Harley-Davidson pilot has been sharp all year, accounting for three second-place finishes.

Bryan Smith, on the number-42 Crosley Radio Kawasaki, is another competitor who has thrived in the premier class so far in 2015. Smith has won three of the four Mile races this year, and the native of Flint, Michigan, will be looking to put together another strong performance on the Half Mile surface in Rapid City. Smith finished eighth in the only Half Mile event so far this season, at the Lima Half Mile, and he currently sits second in the points.

Sammy Halbert has yet to finish outside the top 10 in any round so far in 2015, and he will be looking to continue that streak next Tuesday when the lights go green in Rapid City. The rider of the number-seven Briggs Auto Harley-Davidson sits third in the points standings after seven rounds.

Perhaps no other rider on the AMA Pro Flat Track circuit is coming into Rapid City with more confidence and momentum than Brad Baker, pilot of the number-six factory Harley-Davidson. The 2013 Harley-Davidson GNC1 champion has won two of the last three main events, and he will be looking to keep rolling on Tuesday night. Baker currently sits fourth in the points.

Three-time champion Kenny Coolbeth Jr. has been in a bit of a funk of late, as the rider of the number-two Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson has finished 17th and 15th in two of the last three main events. Despite sitting fifth in the points, Coolbeth still has his sights set on his fourth career Harley-Davidson GNC1 championship.

Sitting sixth in the points standings entering round eight at Black Hills Speedway is Brandon Robinson. The rider of the number-44 Latus Motors/ Triumph Bonneville has looked stellar at certain points during the 2015 season, particularly at the Sacramento Mile, where he finished a hair’s length behind Smith for a second-place finish.

Briar Bauman, mounted on the number-14 Hart Racing Kawasaki, recorded consecutive ninth-place finishes at Du Quoin and Indianapolis, and he will be striving for better results on Tuesday in an effort to improve on his seventh-place position in the Harley-Davidson GNC1 points standings.

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It’s no surprise that Davis Fisher has asserted himself as one of the up-and-coming stars of AMA Pro Flat Track. The 17-year-old, second-year rider missed the GNC2 championship by a single point in 2014, and he has come back with a vengeance in 2015. Fisher, pilot of the number-67M Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda, is the current GNC2 points leader, and he will be looking to build on his lead in Rapid City.

Fisher isn’t the only young talent in AMA Pro Flat Track’s feeder class, as Nick Armstrong, pilot of the number-44E Southland Racing Honda is right on Fisher’s tail in the points chase. Armstrong also has momentum in his favor after his Indy Mile win at the last round on July 11.

Number 27U, Jamison Minor, is another GNC2 competitor who has shown tremendous success so far in 2015. Minor is responsible for three top-five finishes and currently sits third in the points.

Dan Bromley, riding the Bromley Brothers KTM Racing machine, and J.R. Addison, pilot of the Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda, sit fourth and fifth, respectively, in the GNC2 points standings.

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All of the AMA Pro Flat Track action from Rapid City can be viewed live in high definition on For tickets and more information regarding the Black Hills Half Mile, please visit

About AMA Pro Flat Track
AMA Pro Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt-track motorcycle-racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Florida, the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt-track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or live-stream the on-track action on

About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle-racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at

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