Continental Tire has signed on to offer a winner-take-all $5000 contingency bonus payout for the the seven Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association (IMDA) rounds of the AMA/Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championships.
At the IMDA rounds, which include both Springfield weekends and two events at the Du Quoin Mile, the system to determine the big winner will be based upon the same points formula currently in place in the series, awarding riders who use Continental tires 23 points for a win, 19 points for second place, 16 for third, etc. In order to qualify for the full point value of the position in which they finish, riders must use Continental tires front and rear. However, half points will be given to riders using only one Continental tire. The $5000 prize will be awarded to the rider with the highest point total after the seventh round, the season finale at DuQuoin, Illinois.
"The IMDA are a great bunch of folks, and their passion is Dirt Trackin'," Continental Tires representative Greg Tysor said. "The seven IMDA events are a great mix of track types, with a short track a TT and miles at Springfied and Du Quoin. We have an all new rear tire with new compound and
casing changes, and we want to go back to Springfied and make a good showing."
Tysor also said that Continental will once again be awarding tires at Gene Romero's West Coast Flat Track Series as well.
On a competitive note, Tysor, who is AMA National #47, also said that he is hoping to become the first rider to qualify for a GNC main aboard a Suzuki SV650-based flat-tracker. AMA rules currrently allow the production-based SV to compete in the U.S. Flat Track Series, with bore and stroke changes that pump it up to 750cc.