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.

 

 

Electric Motorcycles Return to Sonoma for West Coast Moto Jam This Weekend

SONOMA, Calif. (May 9, 2011) – Infineon Raceway set the standard in 2010, hosting the first-ever zero-carbon motorcycle race on American soil at the West Coast Moto Jam.

The Sonoma Valley facility, as part of its new Accelerating Sustainable Performance program, will again bring electric motorcycles to the racetrack with the first round of the TTXGP North American Championship at the West Coast Moto Jam, May 11-15.

There will be racing in two divisions: Formula GP, which was featured in Sonoma in 2010, and the new Formula 75 class, which limits the amount of stored energy to 7.5KwH and the maximum weight to 440 pounds. Practice will take place on Friday and Saturday, with two main events scheduled forSunday, May 15.

Shawn Higbee took the checkers in last year’s historical TTXGP main event in Sonoma, followed by Michael Barnes. Barnes would go on to win every other event on the schedule en route to the 2010 TTXGP North American Championship. Barnes rides for Lightning Motors.

“Our bikes this year will make last year’s effort seem like a Sunday afternoon leisurely ride,” said Richard Hatfield, Lightning Motors team manager and motorcycle builder.

Mission Motors, based in San Francisco, will make the racing debut of its new factory bike, the Mission R, which features an advanced MissionEVT electric powertrain that packs 14KwH and 141 horsepower. It can reach a top speed of 160 mph in a single gear. Another team to keep an eye on is Brammo, which won the inaugural TTXGP race at the Isle of Man in 2009. Brammo took the year off in 2010.

“Having taken a year’s hiatus, we’re anxious and excited to get back into the thick of racing. There’s nothing that pushes development of technology quite like racing,” said Brian Wismann, director of product development for Brammo.

The TTXGP North American Championship will feature four events in 2011. Following Sonoma, the series visits New Hampshire Motor Speedway(June 17-18), Portland International Raceway (July 16-17) and Virginia International Raceway (Aug. 12-14).

The West Coast Moto Jam will feature five days of two-wheel excitement, headlined by the AMA Pro Road Racing Championship.  The weekend will also feature Supermoto USA, flat track and AHRMA National Motocross.  For more information about the West Coast Moto Jam or to purchase tickets, call 800-870-RACE (7223) or visit infineonraceway.com/ama.