AFT Heads to the Peoria TT!

| 12 August 2017 11:32 pm

AFT American Flat Track Series
Round 14: Peoria TT at the Peoria Motorcycle Club Race Park

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Photo by Andrea Wilson/ American Flat Track
PEORIA, IL, AUG. 11, 2017

American Flat Track will complete its run of four races in 15 days with the longest-running event in the championship’s history – the legendary Peoria TT – on Sunday, August 13, in Peoria, Illinois.

Welcome to the Peoria Motorcycle Club, site of the Peoria TT.

Welcome to the Peoria Motorcycle Club, site of the Peoria TT.

Fans will line the hills surrounding the Peoria Motorcycle Club Race Park’s natural amphitheater, just as they have since 1947. And with all due respect to a pair of evolving title fights and their chief participants as they prepare to battle down the home stretch, the main attraction for those throngs of race fans is undoubtedly Henry Wiles, pilot of the number-17 DPC Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650.

The modern master of the Peoria TT, Wiles enters this event looking to extend one of the most remarkable win streaks in all of motorsports. A win this Sunday would mark Wiles’ 13th in succession in Peoria. Wiles shattered “Prince of Peoria” Chris Carr’s record for consecutive wins at the venue a full five years ago. A 13th victory for Wiles would place the two TT specialists on equal terms in all-time Peoria TT wins.

However, despite Wiles’ incredible record, another triumph is no guarantee. This year will present a new challenge to Wiles and his rivals, as it represents the first time in more than two decades that the AFT Twins, presented by Vance & Hines, class will negotiate the six-tenths-of-a-mile circuit and its notorious jump aboard twin-cylinder machinery. In addition to the learning curve with the Twins racing at one of the sport’s legendary venues, there are some redesign elements masterminded by Carr himself to make the track more conducive to Twins.

“Definitely, that place is a little bit tricky,” Wiles said. “It’s going to be a little bit slower now with the jump and everything, but it will be fun. We’re riding these twin motorcycles there. We’re ushering in a new era of American Flat Track, and I’m really excited about it. I think we’re going to have a lot of fun there. I’m just going to give my best – that’s all I can do. In the past, our best has been good enough to get the win.”

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There’s also Jared Mees, rider of the number-nine Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750, to consider. The championship leader is in spectacular form, having demonstrated the pace to push for victory at literally every race this season, as was evidenced by his seven wins and 12 podiums – including a victory at the Daytona TT and a runner-up finish at the Buffalo Chip TT. Mees currently holds a 36-point championship advantage.

“Obviously,” Mees said, “the guy to beat there is Wiles. We’re not on singles, we’re on twins, but he’s still going to be fast as hell. He’s got a really good set-up motorcycle for there. He’s good. We’ll go there and give her our best. The nice thing is, we don’t actually have to beat him – but I really, really want to beat him.”

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Any number of other riders could establish themselves as contenders up front as well. Briar Bauman, on the number-14 Zanotti Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650, provided Wiles with a stiff challenge at last weekend’s Buffalo Chip TT, and he ultimately won the race following Wiles’ misfortune.

Brad Baker, on the number-six Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate, Scout FTR750, and Sammy Halbert, on the number-69 Estenson Logistics Yamaha FZ-07, have both been knocking on the door for race wins this season and have their own podium histories at Peoria.

And don’t forget about Jake Johnson, on the number-five Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R. Johnson has finished on the box at the Peoria TT multiple times over the years. More recently, he flashed his TT skills aboard the factory Harley twin with a third-place run at the Buffalo Chip TT.

The Peoria TT hasn’t traditionally been overly kind to Bryan Smith, pilot of the number-one Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate, Scout FTR750. However, the second-ranked Smith is in need of a strong result to prevent Mees from stretching out his advantage much further this weekend. To his credit, Smith has proved formidable on TT circuits aboard the Indian twin in 2017, coming home second to Mees at the season-opening Daytona TT.

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AFT Singles
While the vast majority of the field is likely relieved that TT dominator Hayden Gillim, rider of the number-95 Cycle World Suzuki RMZ 450, will miss Peoria, AFT Singles championship leader Shayna Texter, on the number-52 Richie Morris Racing Honda CRF450R, probably wishes he would be there to potentially take 25 points off the board.

Gillim’s absence this weekend opens the door for the likes of second-ranked Brandon Price, on the number- 92 Brandon Price Racing, backed by Parkinson Brother’s Racing/ DPC Racing/ Don’s Kawasaki, Honda CRF450R, and third-ranked Kolby Carlile, on the number-36 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F.

It won’t be easy, though. Texter’s second-place finish at the Harley-Davidson Black Hills Half Mile bolstered her championship drive going into Peoria. Even if her TT woes continue, Price would need a podium result of any kind – and Carlile would need a victory – to springboard ahead of Texter in the points standings heading into the season’s final four races.

Meanwhile, TT standouts Jesse Janisch, on the number-132 West Bend Harley-Davidson-backed Yamaha YZ450F; Wyatt Anderson, on the number-120 Waters Autobody Racing KTM 450 SX-F; and Dan Bromley, on the number-62 Big Momma & Daddy Deep Pockets Racing KTM450 SX-F, are all well poised to step forward and claim their first victory of the season at the Peoria TT.


Exclusive Entertainment
The anticipation is high for this year’s Peoria TT, as everyone waits to witness the fire-breathing Twins return to the legendary TT track. There are VIP passes available for $100, and you can save $5 on advance-purchased tickets or pay $30 at the gate. Kids 12 and under will be admitted free. Tickets for the Peoria TT are now on sale and can be purchased at

The gates will open at 10:30 a.m. CT, and on-track action will begin with the AFT Twins and AFT Singles practice sessions. Opening ceremonies will kick off the program at 1:30 p.m. CT. Live coverage of the Peoria TT can be viewed on at

Catch All the Action on NBCSN and
As part of American Flat Track’s television broadcast package with NBCSN, the cable network will air the Peoria TT in a primetime telecast on Thursday, September 21, as part of a doubleheader with another legendary venue – the Springfield Mile. Tune in to NBCSN for the Peoria TT at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT and the Harley-Davidson Springfield Mile II at 11 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. PT.

Both one-hour shows will feature flag-to-flag coverage of both main events, along with exclusive features giving fans a behind-the-scenes window into the sport. To check out the complete NBCSN schedule, please visit

Live-streaming coverage of every second from the Peoria TT can be viewed on at

Fans can keep up to date with American Flat Track on Facebook (@American Flat Track), Twitter (@AmericanFlatTrk) and Instagram (@AmericanFlatTrack). AFT mobile apps are available for iPhone on the App Store and for Android at Google Play. For more information, please visit

How to Watch
NBCSN and are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening Harley-Davidson Daytona TT to the American Flat Track finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour primetime telecasts throughout the summer and fall on NBCSN. remains a cornerstone of AFT’s digital strategy and provides live-streaming coverage of every event.

About American Flat Track
American 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 American Flat Track, please visit, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagram, live-stream the events at and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

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