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Jake Johnson was perfect all day winning the Memorial Day Weekend edition of the Springfield Mile on his Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson XR750. Johnson was untouchable all day on the Mile, setting the fastest qualifying time, winning the fastest Heat race, scoring victory in the Dash for Cash and finally leading every lap of the national. Bryan Smith took a solid second on the Werner-tuned Monster Energy Kawasaki. Kenny Coolbeth Jr. was third on the factory Harley-Davidson. The battle for second was intense on the final lap with five riders covered in a blanket. Johnson was 2 seconds ahead of the fray. Michael Toon repeated last year’s victory on the Mile in the Pro Singles class. How’s this for close – top 11 covered by 7-10ths of a second! There was a massive crowd on hand in spite of 90-plus degree and humid weather. More tomorrow.
It was a tough night for Daniel Casey in the first Grand National heat race. It appeared he hooked handlebars with another rider as the pack approached the first turn off the start. Casey went down and his bike flipped maybe 15 feet in the air. Casey got up, but his night was over. Here’s a short sequence of the accident. Click on an image for larger view.(Photos by Larry Lawrence)
They’re no more, but the former members of the Harley-Davidson Wrecking crew – Bryan Smith (42), Jared Mees (21) and Joe Kopp (3) – will be out trying to do damage this weekend in Springfield, Illinois, at the doubleheader Springfield TT and Springfield Mile, Saturday and Sunday respectively. This is one of the great weekends of AMA racing and don’t be surprised if one of these three riders emerge victorious.
AMA Pro Racing Announces Motorcycle-Superstore.com as the Presenting
Sponsor of the K&N Filters Grand National Championship series.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (May 27, 2010) AMA Pro Racing is excited to announce that Motorcycle-Superstore.com has signed on as Presenting Sponsor of the AMA K&N Filters Grand National Championship Series and Title Sponsor of the 450cc Pro Singles Championship. This weekend marks the fourth and fifth round of the series as riders prepare for both the TT and Mile events taking place in Springfield, Illinois.
“This is a great opportunity for us,” explained Sequoyah Munroe, Marketing Supervisor for Motorcycle-Superstore.com. “We are very proud to be part of the Flat Track series. The sport has obviously gone through some changes the past few years, but today it is back to form with the best racing to be found.”
Pro Single riders will be happy to hear that Motorcycle-Superstore.com is also kicking in $15,000 towards the Pro Singles Grand National Points Fund with $5,000 going to 1st place, $4,000 to 2nd, $3,000 to 3rd, $2,000 to 4th and $1,000 to 5th. “This is great news for both the Pro Single riders and the entire series,” claims Mike Kidd, Director of Flat Track for AMA Pro Racing. “This marks the first time Motorcycle-Superstore has been involved as a sponsor with the series and we look forward to working with them throughout the season.”
The next round of the AMA K&N Filter Grand National Championship Series presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com will be this weekend, May 29-30, with a double header event held at the Illinois State Fairground in Springfield, Illinois. Saturday night showcases TT racing action and on Sunday race fans can take in the historic Springfield Mile.