Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - March 19, 2013 - The 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track season kicked off last weekend with a double-header round in Daytona, where Saddlemen-sponsored riders earned a total of two wins and 21 top-ten finishes during two exciting nights of racing. Just one of the many of the attractions at Daytona Bike Week, the opener pulled in enthusiastic crowds despite the cool temperatures for two nights of thrilling Flat Track racing. In addition to rider sponsorships, Saddlemen is proud to be a Series Sponsor and the Official Seat of AMA Pro Racing.
“Saddlemen is committed to Flat Track racing. It is a passionate and exciting sport, for both the fans and the riders,” says Saddlemen President Tom Seymour. "Flat Track racing is special because it is very family oriented and love of the sport transfers from generation to generation."
AMA Pro Grand National Championship
Mikey Rush may be a newcomer to the Saddlemen family of sponsored riders, but he made himself right at home by winning his first GNC race during round one on Thursday, March 14. Rush edged out fellow Saddlemen rider Brad Baker on the 18th lap and never looked back. Defending GNC Expert Singles champ Jared Mees joined them on the podium, and Henry Wiles and Brandon Robinson rounded out the Top 5.
During round two on Friday, Brandon Robinson jumped out to an early lead in the second lap and hung on to hand Saddlemen a second GNC Expert Singles win in as many days. Brad Baker once again pushed for the lead but settled for 2nd. Rush followed up his brilliant first round performance with a 5th place finish, followed across the finish line by four more Saddlemen riders in the Top 10.
Saddlemen’s Brandon Robinson sits atop the leaderboard after the first two rounds, with Mikey Rush just five points behind him and Henry Wiles in 4th. Despite the pair of podium finishes, Brad Baker lost points following a post-race inspection and slid to 5th.
Saddlemen Daytona I GNC Results
1. M. Rush; 2. B. Baker; 3. J. Mees; 4. H. Wiles; 5. B. Robinson; 6. M. Weidman; 8. J. Lewis; 9. S. Bonsey; 11. R. Pearson; 12. K. Coolbeth; 13. K. Kolkman; 18. B. Bauman
Saddlemen Daytona II GNC Results
1. B. Robinson; 2. B. Baker; 5. M. Rush; 6. K. Coolbeth; 7. M. Weidman; 8. J. Halbert; 9. R. Pearson; 11. J. Lewis; 12. H. Wiles; 13. S. Bonsey; 14. B. Bauman; 15. J. Mees; 16. M. Martin
AMA Pro J&P Pro Singles
In Pro Singles, Ryan Wells was the top-finishing Saddlemen rider of the double-header, taking 2nd in race two. Combined with his 6th place finish in the opening round, Wells sits at 4th in the Pro Singles standings. Stephen Vanderkuur notched a 5th place finish in the second round while Dominic Colindres and Gerrit Callies followed in 6th and 7th respectively.