The 2012 AMA Pro Grand National Championship came down to the wire at Flat Track Finals
October 12, 2012
The following is an industry press release...
POMONA, Calif. (October 11, 2012) - When the Law Tigers AMA Pro Flat Track Finals thunders into action Saturday, October 13th at the Fairplex in Pomona, it will mark the start of the biggest battle of the season. The points are close and the competition will definitely be intense as America's top flat track racers go for the coveted title.
Leading the charge for glory is Jared Mees. Hailing from Clio, Mich., Mees holds a 12 point lead and is eager to take the title. A harder charger from beginning to end, Mees has put his Harley-Davidson into victory lane once this season and on the podium nine times.
"I finished fifth at Pomona last year and ended the year in second overall," he says. "This time out I want to better my finish and take the title.
However, Sammy Halbert of Graham, Wash., has a totally different scenario. Trailing Mees by just 12 points, Halbert is equally as determined to take the coveted title. So far this year, he has scored four wins, the most of any rider in the series, and four podium finishes.
"I really like racing at Pomona," smiles Halbert. "It is a very challenging track and those are definitely the kind I enjoy. I really think I have a good shot at dominating this time out. I took a third last year and hopefully I can better that and bring home the win."
Sitting 20 points behind is reigning champion Jake Johnson. Johnson, who also earned the title in 2010, is looking to make it three-in-a-row. Although he has finished on the podium eight times so far this season, he had yet to take the checkered. Johnson has scored at least one Grand National victory each consecutive year since 2002 and is the only rider to do so. However, with just one race to go this season, Johnson is winless. Determined not to break his record, Johnson is more than determined to repeat his 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Finals performance and end the year with a win.
And these are only three of the competitors in this, the final race of the season. Fan will get to see an incredible night of intense, ground-pumping action that will crown the two Champions of the AMA Pro Racing Flat Track Series. Both the Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Champion and the Motorcycle SuperStore.com Pro Singles Championship will be decided on this Saturday night.
Hitting speeds up to 130 mph and racing handlebar-to-handlebar, flat track racing is indeed the most exciting form of two-wheel racing in America today. There is no time to coast, no time to try and figure out strategy. It is sheer go-for-it from beginning to end.
This year the action starts early as local motorcycle clubs will be featuring their bikes on display at the pre-race tailgate party complete with live music, motorcycle vendors, and family activities will run from 3-5 pm. The racing action gets under way at 6 pm and continues into the night until the AMA Pro Champions are crowned. For tickets and further information, please visit www.FlatTrackFinals.com
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