Progressive AFT Title Fighters Head House to Port Royal Half-Mile
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 12, 2022) – The 2022 Progressive American Flat Monitor season reaches its midpoint with this weekend’s Mission Port Royal Half-Mile introduced by Appalachian Harley-Davidson at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday, July 16.
Apart from its centralized location on the schedule chronologically, its bodily location in Port Royal, Pennsylvania, provides some further significance as nicely. Pennsylvania is arguably America’s most fertile hotbed of bike filth monitor expertise with an outsized variety of the Progressive AFT’s opponents both native or resident Pennsylvanians.
Probably the most high-profile of all of them – reigning Mission SuperTwins introduced by S&S Cycle Champion Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorbike/Progressive Insurance coverage FTR750) and two-time class king Briar Bauman (No. 3 Indian Motorbike/Progressive Insurance coverage FTR750) – lead the collection into this weekend’s showdown.
The extra issues change, the extra they keep the identical; whereas it took a little bit of a circuitous path to get thus far, the 2 manufacturing unit Indian aces discover themselves proper again the place they’ve been for the majority of the earlier three seasons – 1-2 within the factors with over half the season’s eight wins shared between them.
The aforementioned change, nevertheless, stays an element within the type of a big shift within the steadiness of energy. Mees and Bauman are now not locked in confrontation with just one one other but in addition underneath hearth from a formidable pair of teammates.
Estenson Racing Yamaha’s Dallas Daniels (No. 32 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) and JD Seashore (No. 95 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) have been battling up entrance almost each weekend. Because of this, they’re presently an in depth 3-4 within the standings, with Daniels truly degree with Bauman in factors and ranked third solely as a result of tiebreaker.
And the Mission Roof Techniques’ duo of Pennsylvanian Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Mission Roof Techniques Indian FTR750) and Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 Mission Roof Techniques Indian FTR750) have come on sturdy as of late, scoring a mixed 1-2-3 during the last three rounds.
The gifted premier-class subject provides much more potential race winners as nicely. Bronson Bauman (No. 37 Latus Motors Racing Harley-Davidson XG750R) and Davis Fisher (No. 67 Bob Lanphere’s BMC Racing Indian FTR750) every boast a runner-up end within the first half of the ‘22 marketing campaign, whereas Brandon Worth (No. 92 Cory Texter Racing/JCS Racing Yamaha MT-07) completed as an in depth runner-up at Port Royal Speedway a yr in the past.
Mission Manufacturing Twins introduced by Vance & Hines
This yr’s Mission Manufacturing Twins introduced by Vance & Hines title battle has taken form as a two-man present with a rotating solid of visitor stars.
Defending class champ (and native Pennsylvanian) Cory Texter (No. 1 G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing Yamaha MT-07) and title challenger Jesse Janisch (No. 33 Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R) have distanced themselves from the pack when it comes to the factors race by way of a mixed 5 wins and 13 podiums.
Nonetheless, the pack has proven the capability to current a severe extra challenger for race wins on nearly any given weekend with Nick Armstrong (No. 60 Aggressive Racing Frames/Lessley Brothers Yamaha MT-07), Billy Ross (No. 109 Mission Meals/Roof Techniques Harley-Davidson XG750R), and James Rispoli (No. 43 Wally Brown Racing/Haversack KTM 890 Duke) having all stood on the highest step of the rostrum this yr.
Pennsylvanian Cameron Smith (No. 34 Thee Cathy Grey/Al Barker Royal Enfield 650) very almost added his identify to the listing final trip whereas driving rather than one other “Keystone State” pilot in Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Moto Anatomy X Powered by Royal Enfield 650). Smith may have one other shot aboard the Royal Enfield Twins FT this weekend with the house crowd cheering him on as Lewis continues to heal from his accidents.
Components Limitless AFT Singles introduced by KICKER
It’s a distinct story in Components Limitless AFT Singles introduced by KICKER motion as Kody Kopp (No. 12 Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing 450 SX-FFE) has established himself the rider to beat – and a tough one at that.
Whereas the category championship outlook presently lacks the drama of the opposite two lessons, Kopp’s excellence has been enthralling in its personal proper. The 17-year-old has been near good in every of the final three rounds, controlling the proceedings just about all day lengthy, capped off by a runaway race win.
Kopp has already earned 5 wins en path to constructing an imposing 42-point championship benefit (66 factors over third place). Solely twice in school’ historical past has a rider taken extra race wins than that in a single season (Dallas Daniels with eight in 2019 and Michael Avila with six in 2011), and the younger KTM ace nonetheless has over half the season forward of him to additional pad his stats.
Regardless of the one-sided nature of the title battle, there’s an unbelievable assortment of expertise who might step ahead and go on a run of their very own at any level. Kopp’s teammate, Max Whale (No. 18 Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing 450 SX-FFE), scored 5 wins himself a yr in the past and didn’t look too far faraway from his acquainted kind in his return from harm in New York.
And all three of the American Honda-backed Turner Racing pilots – Morgen Mischler (No. 13 American Honda/Progressive Insurance coverage CRF450R), Dalton Gauthier (No. 79 American Honda/Progressive Insurance coverage CRF450R), and Chase Saathoff (No. 106 American Honda/Progressive Insurance coverage CRF450R), have the requisite velocity, expertise, and dedication to say the highest step of the rostrum this weekend.
The weekend additionally marks the midpoint of the season for Royal Enfield’s extraordinarily well-liked BUILD. TRAIN. RACE. program which serves to spotlight and rejoice girls and bike tradition in North America. Jaycee Jones (No. 33 Royal Enfield/S&S Cycle Royal Enfield INT650) leads the standings with two wins and a runner-up within the season’s opening three races and heads into Port Royal Speedway as final yr’s winner on the venue.
There will likely be loads to maintain followers entertained off the monitor as nicely, together with quite a few distributors, a wide range of meals and beverage choices, and a bouncy home within the Youngsters Zone. Street Case will carry out its hard-hitting, guitar-driven model of rock and roll. Lastly, the night will likely be topped off with a spectacular fireworks show.
Go to https://retailer.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3694/ to order your tickets at the moment. Common Admission (each SRO Infield and Grandstand) tickets begin at simply $25 with youngsters 12 and underneath free when accompanied by an grownup when bought prematurely. Different choices embrace Reserved Grandstand tickets and Tenting Passes.
Paddock Entry Upgrades are additionally out there for buy, which offer all-day entry to the paddock the place followers can scope out the world’s quickest filth monitor bikes and rise up shut and private with the celebs of the game.
Gates will open for followers at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT with Opening Ceremonies scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT forward of the day’s Most important Occasion program. You may catch the livestream of all of the weekend’s racing actions on FansChoice.television. FansChoice.television gives free-to-view livestreaming of Follow and Qualifying. FansChoice.television subscribers will then have the ability to watch the drama unfold from Opening Ceremonies via the Semis, Most important Occasions, and podium celebrations. FansChoice.television provides two subscription choices, granting limitless entry to premium AFT content material. Month-to-month subscriptions begin at simply $7.99, whereas a six-month subscription is accessible for $44.99.
The Mission Port Royal Half-Mile introduced by Appalachian Harley-Davidson will premiere on FS1 on Saturday, July 23, at 9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT, together with unique options, cutting-edge aerial drone and onboard footage, and knowledgeable commentary.
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