The track is flat is a speed biker, sporty in a circuit (or” track”) of the earth, very popular in the US, where it is native. It is similar to the European Speedway although the races run faster and have resistance characteristics. It is also known as a dirt track (The Dirt Track, or better: dirt track).
Flat Track Fever
Finally, the Great Depression that hit the United States between 1929 and the Second World War was suitable for individual sports, and it is in this context that a new motorcycle discipline will be born: The Flat Track.
In 1932, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), launched the “Class A Dirt Track,” which allows manufacturers to engage prototypes. But in 1933 the AMA also launched a new category, the “Class C,” which groups legal but certified motorcycles to reduce the costs of motorbike competitions. So when manufacturers had to cut their overall budgets during this period of economic fragility, the “Class C” naturally became the main battleground for Harley-Davidson and Indian, the essential American manufacturers.
At the end of the Second World War, the Championship grew to become the Grand National Championship, and in 1954 it included four disciplines; 3 run on Dirt tracks and one on a paved road. The demise of the Indian brand in 1953 left Harley-Davidson almost ten years to develop its hegemony over discipline. And this until the 1963 championship that BSA won with Dick Mann, then Triumph in 1967, 1968 and 1970.
Yamaha was the first Japanese manufacturer to win this championship with Kenny Roberts on the handlebars in 1973. The latter won the tournament again in 1974.
From 1975 onwards, the discipline became even more professional with the arrival of tobacco companies as sponsors. The Championship became the Camel Pro Series, and in 1979 The Winston Pro Series. The Grand National Championship then grew a breeding ground for champions who would eventually move on to the GP500; drivers such as Freddie Spencer, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey and of course Kenny Roberts attended the sport.
But the end of the 1980s saw the beginning of the decline of the category; manufacturers preferred to turn to the new championships such as motocross or the Grand Prix de Vitesse. Indeed, for these disciplines, the consumer can identify with his idols with rather close motorcycles that are available for sale in concessions while the Track Racers must be assembled by hand. The championship then finds it difficult to attract young talents who prefer other more high-profile disciplines.
Today the Flat Track is reborn: in 2017 the championship becomes the American Flat Track Championship and with this change of name comes many changes with new racing formats. There are also new categories and especially the return in force of the constructors and notably, Indian Motorcycle who has just made a perfect start to the season with five wins in 5 races and this under the eye of thousands of spectators on the circuits but also thousands of viewers since NBC is also a partner.
This rebirth is of course confirmed by the new arrival of sponsors and manufacturers, but we can also touch it with the explosion of races and demonstrations on this side of the Atlantic. Everywhere in Europe there are associations or organizations promoting Flat Track; in France, for example, Vintage Racing Spirit is the perfect example. They support many event organizers and offer to help them in the design, realization, and organization of demonstration sessions. The Royal Racer was the official sponsor of the first Flat Track Indoor race at the Salon de la moto in Lyon.
These demonstrations, from Biarritz during the Wheels and Waves to Monterey for the Racer Festival or by Macon or Miranda who propose tracks for the Flat Track, attract more and more participants. And we are witnessing a real fashion phenomenon, both among manufacturers who offer bikes with looks inspired by the track, and among manufacturers of motorcycle or ready-to-wear clothing who provide looks that are also very “Flat Track inspired.”
Preparers like Roland Sands quickly understood this; he proposed a transformation kit adapted to the Indian Scout series to transform it into a Flat Track version.
One can bet that Indian Motorcycle is preparing a civilian version of its racing beast and that Harley-Davidson will not delay either. It is even suggested that Japanese manufacturers are ready to launch their “Flat Track version.” So after the Scramblers stratification here’s The Return of the flat Trackers in concessions.
The AFT Twins Championship
The American Flat Track is the peak of dirt bike auto racing in the world, and also have been considering that the professional ranks were defined in the Grand National Championship in 1954. Starting this year, cyclists in this classification will be contending in each Lamin as two-cylinder motorbike circuit, Dallas a 90 + Horse bar-bar job at rates of over 140 miles per hour, typically reaching the goal line and needing a last photo to identify the champion of the race. The bikes in this class contain the most up to date technologies in motorsport as well as will indeed be released by the fastest two-wheeled athletes in the world.
- Power: 90+.
- Minimum weight: 310 pounds.
- Top speed: 140 + MPH.
- 0-60 miles per hour: under 4 seconds.
- Tires: Dunlop 19 inches, created explicitly for flat tires.
- Fuel: Sunoco 260 GTX unleaded.
- Qualifying engines: just two-cylinder four-stroke drivers previously accepted by AMA Pro Racing are enabled to contend in the rear Doubles. This includes both manufacturing engines made for road bikes as well as racing engines only. Engine variation (649cc-900cc with the complying with constraints: -RRB-:
- Production Engines:
Drivers that were initially under 750cc might be dull and also caressed, however, might not exceed 750cc as a final quarter.
- Race Engines:
The stroke engines will not exceed 750 ccs, with an allowable maximum of 0.045″ per cynical tube. Water-cooled competition engines may not go beyond 750 ccs. No surplus stock is given.