The 2021 American Flat Track schedule resumes tomorrow, at the Texas Half-Mile. This is the first race at the Texas Motor Speedway since 2019, as one of the Lone Star state's other half-miles, Devil's Bowl Speedway, Mesquite, hosted back-to-back rounds in 2020.


Estenson Yamaha's JD Beach leads the SuperTwins championship, with three races in the books, Briar Bauman is just 3pts back, with Robinson another 5pts back in the 3rd.


At this track, in 2019, the Twins podium was: 1. Mees 2. Briar Bauman 3. Robinson.


Interestingly, Halbert was 4th on the Harley XG750R and Vanderkooi was 6th on the Harley. Perhaps the track suits the Harley, but both those riders are now on FTR750s, so that makes it harder from Rispoli, on the lone Harley, to either of those atypical XG results.


According to the AMA's competitor website, there are a meagre 13 entries in the Mission Foods SuperTwins class.


Mees was too injured to take part in the main at the last round. Will he be fit to compete?

Can JD Beach and the Yamaha keep up their challenge?

Halbert won a major non-AFT round at Lima a couple of weeks ago. He looks like he's on fire.


The top three in the 2019 Singles race were: 1. Shayna Texter 2. Rush 3. Ott

Wunderkind, Dallas Daniels hadn't entered the class in 2019, but he won the title in 2020. The Singles is the biggest class again, with more entries - 34 - than the two twins classes combined.


The 2019 Texas HM Production Twins podium was: 1. Cory Texter 2. Varnes 3. Carlile


The Production Twins class is as difficult to predict as the Singles, maybe even more so. The Royal Enfield team has found more power, so Lewis and the Twin FT might be in contention. He's riding the wheels off the thing. Gauthier is on the H-D now, while Texter and Varnes are on the same machines and with have all their data from the previous visit to rely on. Dan Bromley should be strong, too. There are 19 Production Twins riders listed as entered on the AMA's site.


The race coincides with the new Get On Moto Fest at the same facility, so hopefully there will be lots of new eyes on AFT, perhaps watching the sport live for the first time.


HOW TO WATCH

In the USA, you can livestream with an NBC Trackpass

Foreign fans can livestream using this link: http://www.americanflattrack.com/international-streaming


#AFT2021 #americanflattrack #Texas



Guest post from Dee Hardwick


Cheeky Bid... That’s usually the start of the conversation when I'm dragging my other-half to pick up some random bike/frame/engine from some random bloke in a random part of the country. It's currrently vintage BSA bits.

I love bikes, always have done since I was kid growing up on a farm in Lincolnshire. I used to leave AutoTrader (remember it? 45p from corner shop) open with rings around field bikes that my parents chose to ignore. They hated bikes and didn’t know I had passed my test, bought a Honda CB200 and was using the fax machine (google it kids) to insure it when I got rumbled. They weren’t happy. Many years and various ex’s passed by and then I met Paula who said, 'It's your money do what you wan…' She didn’t even get to finish her sentence before I had found a bike and bought it on eBay.

We then went to Camp VC and met the legend that is Leah Tokelove. Hmm, flat track looks fun. What’s the worst that can happen to a middle-aged, slightly overweight rugby player? So I signed up for Leah's Days on the Dirt school. That was it, I was hooked. I bought my first race bike, a Honda CRF250 (above), and signed up for a race at Scunthorpe. I didn’t die and I loved it, but 20 years of rugby has given me the ability to down a pint quicker than anyone else I know, and knackered knees. The CRF250 had to go.

So I picked up a 1979 Suzuki TS185 (above) that I raced in the Vintage class. That tatty little two-stroke came second in the series and despite every old boy offering daft money for her, she stays, but she isn’t quick enough for the DTRA. The search was on and eBay came up trumps again. A Suzuki XF650 Freewind. Heard of it? Nope neither had I, but it was cheap and looked the part. Someone had ridden it at Dirt Quake and it looked like a beast.


By now Covid had hit, and track action had stopped apart from the odd practice session now and again. During Covid I was furloughed and seemed to have drifted towards buying bits of British bikes (and chainsaws, but that’s a different story) I now have a BSA Bantam racer rolling chassis and a BSA C15 frame which I'm hoping to turn into a flat tracker. I have no idea what am doing but every day is a learning day.

By now I had decided to put my big girl pants on and signed up for the Rookie Class in the DTRA, so off the bike went to Wrightway Motorcycles for some regulation changes. It needed a 19in rear wheel, so a KTM wheel and disc was fitted with a bit of change to the swingarm. A quick-action throttle and a set of Mitas tyre fitted too. Munch did a cracking job and it looks amazing.

The first run out was with Gary Birtwistle's Dirt Craft school where my Suzuki was the only Thunderbike in a sea of CRFs. What we didn’t have in speed we made up in style. That thump thump exhaust just goes through you. It’s a big jump to the DTRA, but I'm determined to make one final with the big Suzuki. So if you see middle-aged woman on a big yellow bike wearing a big smile at the back of a race come and say hi and chat bikes with me. If you're thinking of taking up flat track just do it, I have found some amazing mates, and you won't regret it.

UPDATE: I did my first round of DTRA and despite my bike not working and having to learn lots of new rules, ways of working, and being loaned a bike (thanks Wag Scott) I managed to finish all three rounds wasn’t last every time and did a sub 22 sec lap. It was a big jump but one I am glad to have made bring on the next round. Dee


Photo credits to Braking Point Images, James Smith


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The last piece of the 2021 AFT jigsaw has fallen into place, as the proposed California round has finally been confirmed as a Sacramento Mile double-header on 11-12 September.


That means out of this season's 17 rounds, there are:

7 Miles

7 Half-miles

2 TTs

1 Short track


The last time the series visited the SacMile was 2019. The top threes were:

TWINS: 1. Mees 2. Briar Bauman 3. Fisher

PRODUCTION TWINS: 1. Gauthier* 2. Addison 3. Carlile

SINGLES: 1. Shayna Texter 2. Rush 3. Avery


* First national win for the HD XG750


The next round is the Texas Half-Mile this Saturday. Find out more at americanflattrack.com


Photo: Scott Hunter/AFT


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