Arizona Mile Flat Track Motorcycle Racing Takes Over Turf Paradise
Arizona Mile Flat Track Motorcycle Racing is the premier flat track racing championship and it returns to Turf Paradise in Phoenix this Saturday and we will have our own Terry Lysak there to file a story. The facility is known for its exciting horse racing but different kinds of thoroughbreds take over the big dirt oval this weekend. Defending Grand National Champion Bryan Smith returns to defend his title and repeat his dominant win last year on the Arizona Mile on an all-new machine – the Indian Scout FTR750.
The nation’s top professional motorcycle racers are expected in Phoenix to compete in the Law Tigers Arizona Mile, presented by Indian Motorcycles. Phoenix is the fourth stop of the 18-race American Flat Track series which began at the Daytona TT in March and will award the number-one plate to the top rider in Southern California in October.
“Flat track racing was born in America and has deep roots on dirt tracks where riders race handlebar to handlebar at triple digit speeds and draft each other on the front and back stretches NASCAR-style, which can produce several lead changes and exciting racing lap after lap,” noted Chris Morgan, event co-promoter. “It is the ultimate pure competition with the riders in full view of the fans as they wrestle their big-motor machines on the track and the weekend promises to be very entertaining.”
Smith, the widely acknowledged “mile master” of the American Flat Track series because of his skill on high speed big race tracks, launched his championship run with his win in Phoenix last year, the first of his four victories to claim the title by a mere five points over four-time champion Jared Mees, also claiming Michigan as home.
Smith is coming to Phoenix with momentum after winning in Charlotte, but Mees, who won the first two rounds in Daytona and Atlanta leads Smith in the championship tally by a mere eight points. “I want it bad,” said Mees about what would be his fifth national title. “Bryan’s riding extremely well right now so it won’t be easy.”
In addition to the premier twin-cylinder class, the American Flat Track Singles, which features the up and coming talent in the sport led by New York Rider Kolby Carlile, will also race on the Arizona Mile.
A full day of events is planned at Turf Pardise, including music, a historic bike show and an autograph session with the top flat track riders in America. More info is available at www.arizonamile.com