CoolBeth Rides Factory Harley To Sixth Place At Lima

Harley-Davidson Riders Halbert, Weidman and Smith Fill Grand National Podium

LIMA, Ohio (June 26, 2011) –  Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® Factory rider Kenny Coolbeth placed sixth in Grand National Twins racing at the Allen CountyFairgrounds half-mile, the ninth round of the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Flat Track Championship. The race was won by Kings Kustoms rider Sammy Halbert on a Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycle.

 

Coolbeth qualified for the 25-lap main by winning the third heat race of the night. At the start of the main, Fasthog.com/American

Harley-Davidson rider Bryan Smith, Zanotti Racing /Schaeffer`s H-D rider Jake Johnson, Halbert and Rogers Lake/Blue Springs Harley-Davidson rider Jared Mees formed a lead pack. Those riders stayed at the front after a re-start following lap two for a red flag and a crashed rider. Coolbeth was in sixth place at the time. Smith and Halbert edged away after the re-start, with Halbert passing for the lead on lap 11 and immediately opening a gap on Smith that stretched to 1.9 seconds by lap 17. White’s Harley-Davidson rider Matt Weidman, who started the race at the back of the grid, passed Smith for second place on lap 18 and closed to within 0.654 second of the leader before Halbert made a burst on the last three laps to seal a 1.183-second victory, his third win of the season and his first at Lima. Smith was third, 6.570 seconds back, followed by Lloyd Brothers/Team Hurt by Racing.com Ducati rider Brad Baker, Mees, American Harley-Davidson rider Robert Pearson, and Coolbeth in sixth place.

 

 

“It’s sixth place but that’s better than we’ve run here in past years,” said Coolbeth, who placed 13th on the Lima half-mile in 2010. “It’s a cushion track and you’ve got to hold it wide-open. The team worked hard and the bike went OK tonight.”

 

Smith won the Dash for Cash bonus sprint race.

 

After nine of 22 rounds in the 2011 AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Flat Track Championship, Halbert leads the series with 186 points. Johnson is second with 161 points, followed by Mees with 155 points. Coolbeth is fourth with 136 points.

 

The next race on the AMA Grand National Twins schedule is July 9 on the Hagerstown Speedway half-mile in Hagerstown, Md

 

CoolBeth and Harley Team Second on Hartford Half-Mile

Mees Rides Harley-Davidson XR750 to Grand National Twins Win

HARTFORD, Mich. (June 13, 2011) –  Successfully navigating a single-groove race track, Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Factory riderKenny Coolbeth finished second in the Grand National Twins main on the Hartford Motor Speedway half-mile, an AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Flat Track Championship event. Rogers Lake/Blue Springs Harley-Davidson rider Jared Mees won the race.Fasthog.com/American

Harley-Davidson rider Bryan Smith was third, as Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycle riders filled the podium.

This was the first AMA Grand National race to be held at Hartford Motor Speedway. Scott Powersports/Dubach Racing Kawasaki riderJohnny Lewis took the lead at the start of the 25-lap Twins main, with Mees and Coolbeth in close pursuit. American Motorcyclist Associationrider Chris Carr and Smith ran fourth and fifth about a second behind the leaders. Mees got past Lewis on lap eight and began pulling away. Coolbeth passed Lewis for second place on lap 11, but by then Mees had opened a 2.2-second gap. Lewis continued to fade, and Smith moved up to third place on lap 12. Coolbeth ran a steady pace, lapping the half-mile track at just over 24 seconds, with a best lap of 24.162 on lap 23, but Mees kept building his lead with laps in the 24.05 range and had a 4.7-second gap on Coolbeth on lap 23. Mees backed off on the last lap and led by 3.046 seconds at the finish. Smith was 4.92 seconds back, and 1.87 seconds behind Coolbeth. Carr was fourth, followed by Lewis.

“This is a great track, but it turned into a single racing groove,” said Coolbeth. “There was really just one line, so the only way to pass was to wait for the rider in front of you to make a little mistake. When Mees got by Lewis, I had to wait a few laps to make a pass and by then Jared was gone. We got on the podium and the points will tighten up, so except for missing the Dash it was a good night for the Harley team.”

Coolbeth placed third in his heat race and did not qualify for the Dash for Cash bonus sprint, which was won by Mees.

After eight of 22 rounds in the 2011 AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Flat Track Championship, Kings Kustoms rider Sammy Halbert, who placed sixth at Hartford, leads the series with 158 points, followed by Zanotti Racing/Schaeffer’s H-D rider Jake Johnson, who was eighth at Hartford, with 149. Mees moves up to third place with 141 points, and Coolbeth is fourth with 123.

The next race on the AMA Grand National Twins schedule is June 25 on the half-mile at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima, Ohio.

 

 

Zero Bikes Dominate Electric Class In 2011 AMA MiniMoto SX COMPETITION

LAS VEGAS (May 9, 2011) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in electric motorcycle technology, is celebrating victory this past weekend at the 2011 Geico AMA MiniMoto SX in Las Vegas. On Friday, May 6, Zero set some of the fastest qualifying times among both gas and electric motorcycles. Quick from the start, they dominated the electric motorcycle heat race on production Zero MX dirt bikes. During the race, Zero’s Blake Mitchell took first, followed by Jamie Lanza, Chris Green and Trevor Doniak.Consistently outpacing, out accelerating and out handling the other electric motorcycle competition, Zero showed the strength of their dirt bike line which has evolved to become faster and more robust over several generations. The winner, Blake Mitchell, owns and trains on a Zero X which he purchased in 2008 so that he could gain a competitive edge by riding close to home without disturbing those living nearby.

“Our lap times, success in qualifying heats and speed during the race showcased the performance available today from Zero Motorcycles line of production electric dirt bikes. By leveraging the highly efficient and powerful advantages of our direct drive powertrain we were able to consistently beat the other electric competition by a wide margin,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. “We are incredibly proud of our team’s performance. Our thanks and congratulations not only go out to Blake, Jamie, Chris and Trevor, but also to our engineers and technicians as well who supported the effort throughout.”

Adding an interesting twist, during racing and qualifying the electric motorcycles were mixed in with their internal combustion counterparts. In an attempt to level the playing field and capture fans’ attention, race organizers handicapped the electric motorcycles by delaying their start behind the gas motorcycles by several seconds.While entertaining, the top electric motorcycle riders were so much faster than the majority of the combustion field that it caused hazards during passing that resulted in at least one incident. As riders increasingly turn to high performance electric motorcycles it will be the challenge of organizers to decide how best to integrate a new powertrain into a new racing tradition.

Zero has made it a goal to work with promoters in an effort to increase the amount of riders competing on electric motorcycles and envisions a future of both electric only and gas-electric races. “We are deeply indebted to the promoters of the MiniSX for their vision and support for electric motorcycles as the next generation in motocross racing. It’s only through their efforts that racing fans and the public can get a glimpse of what the future holds”, said Scot Harden. “In particular we wish to thank Eric Peronnard, Mike Karsting and Lance Bryson for making it possible for us to have a venue to compete”.

No stranger to the racing world, Zero Motorcycles won the inaugural TTXGP at Infineon Raceway in 2010. They also competed against over two hundred and fifty gas motorcycles and four other electric motorcycles during the Electric Off-Road Challenge in Gironville, France. After beating the other electric competitors on a Zero MX, Thomas Aubry went on to take first place in the last race of his series, placing him third overall in his class. In 2009, Zero Motorcycles held the 24 Hours of Electricross, which became the world’s first all-electric 24-hour off-road race. Incidentally, Blake Mitchell competed in the24 hour race on his Zero X. Zero Motorcycles uses racing to prove and refine its advanced motorcycle technology for integration into its production electric motorcycle line.

About Zero Motorcycles:
Zero Motorcycles is the next step in motorcycle evolution and represents the ultimate electric motorcycle technology. Unencumbered by conventional thinking about how they design, manufacture and sell high performance electric motorcycles, they are on a mission to turn heads and revolutionize their industry by combining the best aspects of a traditional motorcycle with today’s most advanced technology.