Event and race organisers are releasing their 2021 dates and giving us something to look forward to in what are very tough and uncertain times in the UK.


I'd be pleasantly surprised if the MCN Festival goes ahead in May. Fingers crossed.


American flat track has announced their 2021 schedule. It starts in Florida, at Volusia on 12-13 March, and ends at Charlotte Half-Mile on 8 October. Our hot take...

  • No Daytona. Volusia takes its place during Bike Week.

  • AFT announced, on 9 December, there'd be a Sacramento Mile double-header in May, but it's not on the schedule. The only mention of anything west of Texas is a double-header in California TBC. Fingers crossed a promoter comes in. California went a long stretch without a race earlier this century, they don't want to fall off again.

  • Of the 15 confirmed races there are: 5 Miles; 7 Half-Miles; 2 TTs; 1 ST

  • There are four tracks the series hasn't visited for a while, or ever.

  • DuQuoin, a pea gravel mile, is back on for the first time since 2015.

  • Joliet half-mile, also in Illinois

  • Port Royal Speedway, PA, gets its first visit.

  • Atlanta Super TT is a new track too.

  • Illinois is the state to host the most races, five at four different venues.

  • If a California round can be staged the series will visit 13 venues in ten states.

  • The series regresses slightly, by having a six week break between Volusia and Atlanta. (they've got to be given a break for Covid, of course)


PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE AFT SCHEDULE

1. March 12: Volusia Half-Mile I - Volusia Speedway, Barberville, FL

2. March 13: Volusia Half-Mile II - Volusia Speedway, Barberville, FL

3. May 1: Atlanta Super TT - Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA

4. May 22: Texas Half-Mile - Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX

5. May 29: Chicago Half-Mile - Dirt Oval Route 66, Joliet, IL

6. June 18: OKC Mile I - Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK

7. June 19: OKC Mile II - Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK

8. June 26: Lima Half-Mile - Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH

9. July 17: DuQuoin Mile - DuQuoin Fairgrounds, DuQuoin, IL

10. July 24: Port Royal Half-Mile - Port Royal Speedway, Port Royal, PA

11. August 14: New York Short Track - Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY

12. August 21: Peoria TT - Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL

13. September 4: Springfield Mile I - Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL

14. September 5: Springfield Mile II - Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL

15. September TBD: TBA Doubleheader I, California

16. September TBD: TBA Doubleheader II, California

17. October 8: Charlotte Half-Mile - Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC


Royal Enfield have announced they are strengthening their AFT Production Twins team with the addition of Lloyd Brothers Motorsport personnel to the team, for 2021.


The Lloyd Brothers have had significant top level GNC flat track success with Aprilias, including lots of fives in the GNC Expert class in the mid-2000s, then more success with the Ducati framer, that Joe Kopp won on and Johnny raced one or two iterations of too. The Lloyd Brothers were often swimming against the tide of powerful anti-anything that isn't American back then. I've been lucky enough to have a few conversations with David Lloyd over the years and he's a thinker, tenacious, and also a former national number racer himself, in the early to mid-90s. This is going to be one formidable team in Production Twins. Great rider, big budget backing from a factory looking to make a splash, bike developing brains under the easy-up.


As yet AFT have not released a full schedule of races, so far only confirming dates for a Sacramento Mile double-header on 7-8 May, and Springfield Mile double-header on 4-5 September, Labor Day weekend.


Read the inside story about the Royal Enfield Twins FT racing debut, and first win, in the current issue, Sideburn 43.