AMA Pro Racing Press Release: The AMA Pro Flat Track Finals heads to the Pomona Fairplex this Saturday night, October 11, with both of the national championships on the line, including a 3-way battle for the prestigious Grand National “Number One” plate and a duel between a 16 year old rookie and a veteran for the Pro Singles title. With racing over 15 stops from Daytona in March to California’s wine country 2 weeks ago, the AMA Pro Grand National Championship has been full of hard-charging racing and surprises. Both championships took surprising turns at the AMA Pro’s last race 2 weeks ago at Calistoga, when riders who could have locked up their titles faltered and new challengers rose to the occasion. A second place finish on the Calistoga Half Mile vaulted Michigan rider Jared Mees from a 9 point deficit to a thirteen point lead in the standings as he is gunning for his third overall AMA Pro Grand National title.
Another Michigan rider, Bryan Smith, the acknowledged “mile master” for his precision at high speed who is looking for his first AMA Pro Grand National championship, led the standings most of the summer until 2 weeks ago in the Napa Valley. After a disappointing qualifying run, he gamely worked his way through the field for what appeared to be a podium finish. But he saw the whole night’s hard work—and his point lead—literally go up in smoke at Calistoga as he was disqualified by race officials for oiling the race track. Former AMA Pro Grand National champion Jake Johnson of Pennsylvania went to Calistoga knowing that his 23 point deficit made earning his third championship a long shot. But he was moved up to a podium finish with Smith’s disqualification. He is still third in the standings, but comes in to Pomona closer to the championship than he was 2 weeks ago, just 16 points behind Mees. The AMA Pro Singles championship fight is also tight and there is the possibility that the title will go to a 16 year old rider who won his first professional race just 2 weeks ago on the Calistoga Half Mile. Point leader Kyle Johnson of Michigan has dominated the class when he’s been very good, winning 3 races and reeling off podium finishes early in the year. But in what he calls “an up and down season” he has also finished deep in the field too of8. He faltered again at Calistoga, finishing 17th after crashing on the first lap. For more information: www.amaproracing.com