At the start of 2016, defending Grand National Champion Jared Mees finds himself in a familiar place as he leads the charge in AMA Pro Flat Track's premier division, Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines. He'll be joined by some fresh competition this year, as defending GNC2 champ Davis Fisher has ascended the ranks to challenge the veterans.
The 2016 season will begin during the Bike Week festivities in Daytona Beach, with a quarter-mile kickoff at the DAYTONA Flat Track on March 10th and 11th, and it will wrap up in early October with a yet-to-be-announced two-race swing through California.
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On April 9th, AMA Pro Flat Track heads to Austin, Texas to make its debut at the world-class Circuit of the Americas, racing alongside the stars of MotoGP and MotoAmerica as part of the Grand Prix of the Americas weekend. Next up is the first of the new events on the calendar: the Arizona Mile at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, AZ on May 14th.
Mile racing fans will be happy to know that the historic Sacramento Mile will take place on May 21st, and the legendary Springfield Mile returns to the calendar on the familiar dates of Memorial Day (May 29th) and Labor Day (September 4th). Remington Park will play host to the Oklahoma City Mile on June 18th, marking the first mile for the Sooner State.
Wrapping up this summer, the series will visit a trio of Half-Mile circuits, Lima Half-Mile (June 25th), Charlotte Half-Mile (July 30th) and Sturgis Half-Mile (August 9th), before Henry Wiles gets his shot at making it 12 consecutive wins at the Peoria TT on August 14th. The final new event on the schedule will be held in New York State on August 20.
Details about the remaining dates and any additional events will be released as soon as they are available.
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2016 AMA Pro Flat Track Schedule:
March 10: DAYTONA Flat Track I – Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.
March 11: DAYTONA Flat Track II – Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.
April 9: Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas
May 14: Arizona Mile – Turf Paradise, Phoenix, Ariz.
May 21: Sacramento Mile – Cal Expo Fair, Sacramento, Calif.
May 29: Springfield Mile I – Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill.
June 18: Oklahoma City Mile – Remington Park, Oklahoma City, Okla.
June 25: Lima Half-Mile – Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, Ohio
July 30: Charlotte Half-Mile – Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, N.C.
August 9: Sturgis Half-Mile – Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, S.D.
August 14: Peoria TT – Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, Ill.
August 20: TBA, New York State
September 4: Springfield Mile II – Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill.
September 17: TBA, Southern California
Early October: TBA, Northern California
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The 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track season will kick off with a doubleheader at the DAYTONA Flat Track during Daytona’s Bike Week festivities. The twin short track races will take place at the “World Center of Racing” on Thursday and Friday, March 10th & 11th. For additional information and to purchase tickets, click here.
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