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Brown and KBR Honda Control Flamboro Flat Track National

Round four of the 2019 Parts Canada Flat Track Canada National Series at Flamboro Downs, outside Hamilton, ON, July 28, offered an impressive demonstration of the prowess of reigning National Champion Dustin Brown of Bracebridge, ON. The 17-year-old won the opening Feature Heat on his Kurt Beiger Racing Honda framer, took the Expert DTX Final on his production Honda CRF450F, then returned to the framer to control the 15-Lap Open Expert Final.

Brown now holds a commanding lead in both the Open Expert and DTX Expert categories, heading into the second half of the series starting with Cornwall, ON, next weekend, August 3.

Brown jumped into the lead from the start of the feature, pulling clear of Hunter Bauer’s Honda and the Rotax of veteran front runner Chris Evans. Soon Evans got past Bauer and set off after the leader but couldn’t make much of an impression. Bauer eventually came under pressure from KBR Honda’s Tyler Seguin, who had worked past the Kawasaki Ninja Twin of returning 2017 National Champ Brodie Buchan.

At the finish Seguin got a close fourth, with Buchan fifth followed by the Kawasaki twin of American Jeremy Higgins sixth and the Sehl Yamaha of Jimmy McCullough in seventh.

After the race, Brown was thrilled with his sweep, explaining “we’ve been working hard, and it seems like right now we have the perfect package. I don’t want to give away any of my secrets, but we really have things dialed in right now. I tried to stay low and work on the edge of the groove, it was a little difficult, but everything worked out.”

Brown went on to thank bike builder Bieger, Honda Canada, North Brace Auto Tech and Bracebridge Machine.

Runner-up Evans, 56-years-old, was fighting off an illness and was uncertain of how the event would go. “I thought it was allergies, but it’s something worse,” the second Heat winner explained on the Podium. “My Dad built this bike with a lot of help from Brian Olsen and American Harley-Davidson, but I didn’t know if I had enough wind in my sails – I was making some mistakes by the end of the race.”

For third placed Bauer, age 15, his goal was to maintain his placing in the top five in the points standings, and his already-injured ankle was a concern.

“My ankle got a little sore, and I started losing some speed,” confirmed Bauer. “I had to speed myself up. It was a good battle for third, I had to get the hammer down at the end and it worked out. I really love these big tracks, it’s good to get out here.”

Bauer also thanked KBR, Honda Canada, Steel Town Garage, American Harley-Davidson and Sturgess Cycle.

The Dash for Cash opened with former number one Buchan in the lead on his Ninja Twin, chased hard by Seguin, Brown, Evans Bauer and Higgins. Evans worked through the field to challenge winner Buchan, with Seguin third ahead of Brown.

In the Expert DTX round of production-based moto crossers, Brown took a solid lead and held it, with Dave Pouliot working his way to second on the John Parker Racing Kawasaki. Earlier, Pouliot had suffered engine problems with his framer in the Feature Heat. Trent Pickle earned a strong third in DTX counter with his Gmoto Honda.

Sunday, 28 July 2019 02:37 Published in News


Flat Track Canada at the Ancaster Fairgrounds

A new era has begun for Flat Track Canada as they held their first ever practice at the Ancaster Fairgrounds. Utilizing the indoor facility offered at the complex to offer a bit of a reprieve from the cold night air, FTC organizers were pleased to see over 40 riders show up for the first practice of the year.

While the indoor facility is a bit tighter than the old Paris Speedway, the riders on hand did a great job of staying out of the steel fence that surrounds the circuit. While Aaron Hesmer groomed the track several times throughout the night, it didn’t take long for the deep track to break up providing many ruts for the riders to negotiate. Perhaps veteran flat tracker Brent Thompson said it best calling the bullring “super technical,” but an absolute blast. Riders were sent out in sessions three to four minutes at a time and after each session they were both exhausted and grinning from ear to ear.

Along with the indoor track the facility will have an outdoor track with a racing series set to start there in mid-April. Along with the races, Hesmer’s flat track school will be taking place at the facility as well. For more information please visit flattrackcanada.com or goflattrack.com.

Friday, 29 March 2019 20:12 Published in Reports, Results & Points


All Brown at Georgian Downs FT

Dustin Brown celebrated his 17th birthday in style at Georgian Downs Raceway near Barrie, ON, on Saturday night, dominating round ten of the 12 event Harley-Davidson Canada Flat Track Series presented by Parts Canada. Brown earned his third Feature race win in a row, moving steadily closer to his first overall number one plate for Canadian Flat Track – Brown holds a solid lead atop the Expert Open points standings.

With lightning on the horizon and rain threatening, the Flat Track Canada sanctioning group hurried the schedule, and Brown ran away with the 15 Lap expert Open Feature. Earlier Brown won the Expert Open race as well as the Dash for Cash at the venue described as the biggest track on the National tour.

“My plan was to put my head down after a good start and just check out, and that’s what happened,” smiled an elated Brown from the centre of the Podium. “I want to say a big thanks to all my local fans, it was just a great day. With two races left in the Series, the goals are still consistency, and then see how we do at the end of each race and now the end of the day for the series.”

After thanking main backers Sehl Racing, Kurt Beiger Racing and Yamaha Canada, Brown confirmed that he was lucky to earn the win in the main event.

“I guess the bike more or less blew up when I crossed the finish line,” confirmed Brown, who pulled off outside turn one and had to be pushed to the Podium, skipping the usual victory lap. “We really don’t know what happened, it just started bogging down on the last lap, and then just quit.”

Brown was aboard a well-travelled and well-sorted C&J framed, air-cooled Rotax single, in fact the same bike that Scott Sehl used to win with in 2000. The bike displaces 614cc, “as big as a short stroke Rotax can be and still stay reliable.”

Well behind victor Brown, 2018 multi-National victor Dave Pouliot aboard a Woods-Rotax held on to earn second after a near event-long fight against veteran fast guy Chris Evans. Evans netted third aboard a Honda-powered “framer.”

Following the Final, Pouliot admitted that his “framer” had lost the rear brake mid-event, perhaps as a result of an earlier crash. “I was trying hard, we were good, but we just were not quite there, and Dustin pulled away.” Pouliot thanked mentor and bike builder John Parker as well as Canadian Kawasaki, Moto Vanier and Inglis Cycle.

“I feel like I pushed the number 16 all day,” explained 55-year-old Evans of his pursuit of Pouliot. “It got a little exciting over those last few laps. I plan to race a few more years, and we have a couple of irons in the fire.”  

Reigning National Champ Brodie Buchan was back in action after missing the past four National Feature races due to an arm injury. The current number one opted to skip the production-framed DTX event, his typical speciality, and make his twin cylinder debut aboard a borrowed Kawasaki 650 powered “framer” belonging to American sponsor Tim Wells.

Buchan held fourth for most of the Main, showing good form on the rambunctious Twin, but was caught late in the race by the framer of a hard-charging Tyler Seguin. Seguin took fourth, Buchan fifth ahead of DTX Yamaha mounted Jimmy McCullough and the Honda framer of American Brandon Newman.

In the early-program Heats to determined grids for the Feature race, Brown dominated the opener as Buchan held off Newman for third. Seguin borrowed Evans bike but dropped out with a mechanical issue, meaning he did not qualify for the fan-favorite Dash for Cash.

In Open Expert Heat Two, Pouliot on his DTX-class Kawasaki edged Evans in a good dice, Evans aboard Seguin’s machine! Luke Rahm completed the Dash for Cash grid, battling to a strong third in Open Expert Heat Two.

Production Yamaha-mounted Brown also ran off with the mid-evening, ten lap DTX event, winding up almost four seconds up on Pouliot’s Kawasaki. Pouliot kept the pressure on in the overall season class points standings by coming out on top in a good battle with third overall Newman. Honda pilot Trent Pickle backed up his first Pro Heat win with a strong fourth ahead of McCullough.

As is frequently the case, the Dash for Cash was action packed, Pouliot crashing to cause an early red flag. After the second start, the motivated Buchan fell from his twin for the first time, but didn’t stop the action. Both riders were quickly back in action.

Brown ended up taking “Dash” victory, while Evans came out on top of Pouliot in another fight for second. Newman was fourth while Rahm completed the finishers with his Honda.

The next round of the tour is scheduled for Wheatley, ON, September 22, with the season wrapping up a week later at Sarnia’s Hiawatha Downs, September 29.     

Sunday, 02 September 2018 00:31 Published in News


Photo Gallery: Flat Track Canada - Dinosaur Downs 2018

Flat Track Canada wrapped up its 2018 western swing with a visit to Dinosaur Downs Speedway on August 25th for round 9 of the national series. Inside Motorcycles stopped by the track to check out the all the racing action and capture some photos.

Flat Track Canada returns to Ontario next weekend with racing at Georgia Downs. Complete results for all Flat Track Canada events as well schedule information can be found online by visiting the Flat Track Canada website.

We hope you enjoy this gallery of images from Flat Track Canada's 2018 visit to Dinosaur Downs.  

Sunday, 26 August 2018 12:06 Published in Multimedia


HARLEY-DAVIDSON CANADA BECOMES SERIES TITLE SPONSOR FOR 2018 FLAT TRACK CANADA

CAMBRIDGE, ON – May 7, 2018 – Flat Track Canada is excited to announce a new Title Sponsor to the National Championship Series. The long-term OEM sponsor, Harley-Davidson Canada is increasing its support for the 2018 race season and is now the series Title Sponsor.

Monday, 07 May 2018 14:15 Published in News


Lawrence Heads for American Flat Track in Georgia

Former Flat Track Canada National Champ Doug Lawrence is just about ready for his first National of the season, round two of the American Flat Track National Championship, coming up this weekend in Georgia. Lawrence will compete in the Harley-Davidson Atlanta Short Track presented by Hellbender Harley-Davidson at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock on Saturday, April 7.

“Atlanta, round two, was always part of the plan,” explained Lawrence prior to his next trip south. “We’re warmed up, and getting back in the game. This should be a good track for us, a forgiving track, it’s round and slippery, so that should work for us. The stage is set to get back on the pace.”

After skipping most of the American Flat Track series last season, this year Lawrence plans to compete on the tour full-time for the next couple of months.

“For Atlanta, it will be one motorcycle only, and that is our Harley-Davidson XR750,” confirms Lawrence. “We always had the plan to use the XR for the half miles, and then move to our new Kawasaki at the big (mile) tracks.”

Last month, Lawrence and his tuner/father Doug Sr. went south for the traditional warm-up events, bringing both their established XR and brand new Ninja twins. That program was a success, so now they are ready to get back on the premier Flat Track tour.

“We had two days with the Kawasaki testing at Savannah, and then raced the XR. Then we went to Volusia and raced the Kawasaki, and we were satisfied with the progress overall from those events.

“We had slow starts racing the XR, but we worked up good enough to get third, we were really going good on my kind of track, behind Brad Baker (Indian) and Kenny Coolbeth (Indian). As far as the slow start, my excuse is that it is tough to come off the bench!”

“At Volusia, we maybe should have ridden our XR, but we needed to race the Kawasaki, learn about that bike, so I knew going in that would be the harder plan. We were getting there with the Ninja, getting faster, and the shorter 15 lap race actually helped us.”

“We defiantly would have done really well with the XR at Volusia, but that wasn’t a goal. We got a 4th and a 6th with our Kawasaki, and we are getting there with the chassis and the handling in terms of set-up. Our whole mission for the trip south was accomplished, the lap times on the XR750 were fast, we are right there, where we need to be.”

“With the Kawasaki, we were about .2 of a second behind Jared Mees (Indian FTR750 mounted National Champ), so that is a positive. I’m not planning to race the Kawasaki on the Half Miles, it is there for the Mile races.”

“At Atlanta this weekend, the goal is obviously to make the Main event,” considers Lawrence. “With the new format down there, you only really have one shot to make it into the feature, and you can’t risk any kind of issue.   

“Things have changed with the American Flat Track tour, and it will take some adjustments,” continues Lawrence. “People are riding all the time, practicing, where as ten ears ago, people were busy working on their bikes. Now the top guys have paid mechanics to look after their twins. It’s tougher now, and you have to be mentally stronger.”

“Things are really serious now, everyone is in this to make a living,” continues Lawrence of the revamped National Tour. “It is different to before, and the little guy doesn’t really get much play. I’m going to be that little guy who makes it out of the Heat race, who makes his mark. I respect these guys, and I want to be part of all of this.

“We will have to see how we make out with our new plan in this new atmosphere. After this weekend, we have a short break and then we are on the road for five races. J.R. Addison will be taking my bikes across the country, we will share expenses.

“After the big Springfield AFT National (May 26/27), the next weekend is the Flat Track Canada National at Welland, and we will take our single to that if everything works out. And I’m still trying to work out a program for Mopar CSBK, maybe a 600cc program for Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in August.”

Among the supporters for Lawrence on the American Flat Track tour in 2018 are Town Moto, John Briggs, American Harley-Davidson, Arai Helmets, Full Bore, Side Boots and MotoNation.     

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 22:03 Published in News


Lawrence Speeds South For Flat Track Openers

When we reached Doug Lawrence early (very early!) on Tuesday, March 6, he is heading south for the traditional launch of the flat track racing season. The 32-year-old former Flat Track Canada National Champ is in a van with his father, taking their twin cylinder “framers” to Georgia and then Florida.

“We’re going to South Carolina for a Wednesday Practice Day, on their three-eighths of a mile track,” starts Lawrence, who is letting Doug Sr. handle the driving on this leg of the trip. “Then we head to Savanah, Georgia for another three-eights mile facility and another Test Day. On Friday, we race the opening AMA All-Stars round at Savannah, the series that is a step below the American Flat Track National tour.”

“Then it’s on to Volusia Speedway Park in Florida for another All-Star round. We’ll be back in Canada on the 17th, and then we will announce our 2018 sponsorship package. Right now, I can confirm that my long-time supporters John Briggs and Town Moto are on-board.”

Lawrence has some choices to make in terms of equipment, and one of the goals of the trip will be to develop their years-in-the-making, Big A-framed Kawasaki 650 Ninja Twin. As well, their established and successful Harley-Davidson XR750 will be available, and likely be the preferred option, at least initially, on the short ovals. For the first time, Lawrence is not bringing any single cylinder racers with his for his spring journey south.

“I think the Harley will be better at first, but the goal is to get up to speed with the Kawasaki. We have a couple of engine packages available for the Kawasaki, different set-ups. We want to get the most out of each package, and ride the bike that works the best for the specific track conditions.

“We’re uncomfortable with the idea of using the Harley a lot,” admits the junior Lawrence, referring to the rare, collectable and costly to run air-cooled v-twins. “We don’t want to waste the XR750. The bigger tracks will suit the Kawasaki for sure, it will be more reliable and have better acceleration off the corners. The cornering speed is higher with the Harley, but the Kawasaki works better in a pack situation.”

Lawrence has achieved significant success on American-based Kawasaki liquid-cooled twins, riding for other teams, during the past few seasons in the U.S.

“I’ve had a few offers to ride for American Teams, but to be honest, these opportunities appeal but the machinery would not be as good as our bikes. I know what it takes to win, and the key is preparation.”

Talking about the opposition at the major races south of the border, Lawrence explains that “the Indians will be good again in American Flat Track, there could be as many as ten Indians in a Main event, but the new privateer bikes will take some figuring out.

“My goal is to get up to the pace, and that shouldn’t take too long,” continues the racer known as Fresh. “We’re not going to do the opening American Flt Track round, the Daytona TT, but we are aiming for the second event a month from now at Atlanta. That track is ‘D shaped,’ another three-eighths mile layout, and this year will be the second year Atlanta is a National.

“My initial plans for this year involve a focus on the States, as well as some races in Canada, places like Welland and Ohsweken. Right now I have eight races of American Flat Track circled on the calendar, and then we will see how it is all going.

“Our plan is to do the initial sweep out West in the U.S., and then regroup during the break and see what makes sense. In Canada, we’re looking toward the possible all-Twins feature class in 2019 with Flat Track Canada, and the goal is to come up with a sensible plan with sensible budget numbers.

“Recently, it has taken at least two or three bikes to win the National Championship in Canada, and the Twins class would match us up with what is going on south of the border, and control some cost factors. This would also allow more young Canadian racers to compete in the States, too.

“For me, I aim to do less but be more focused, be happy with my overall effort and confident in the direction. I want to get back to where I’ve been in terms of success, and I can do that.  

“I still plan to roadrace at the Mopar CSBK rounds if I can, but those plans are still in the works and I don’t want to spread myself too thin. It will be a weird year, it will be busy early in the States, and then we will make plans for the rest of the season based on how things are going.

Lawrence aims to open his 2018 National Tour in a month at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia, April 7. From there, he aims to head west to Texas, California and Arizona.

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 08:13 Published in News


Flat Track Star Beattie Leads 2017 Hall of Fame Honor Roll in Toronto

The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame held their annual Induction Banquet and Reunion at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel on November 4, with a crowd of over 250 riders, racers, Hall members, fans and industry types on hand to enjoy the festivities.  The 12th annual event was sponsored by Husqvarna, with additional support from Joe Rocket, BMW Motorrad Canada, Honda Canada, Flat Track Canada, Yamaha Canada and event founder Bar Hodgson Productions.

Top racer honored at the event was Steve Beattie, the 2016 Flat Track Canada National Champ who suffered a major injury at the end of last season at Ohsweken, and then worked in the pits last summer for the KTM Canada National Motocross program with friend and neighbor Cole Thompson.  Beattie has also had success in the U.S. as a chassis tuner and rider coach for top American Flat Trackers Jared Mess and Brad Baker, as well as winning an AMA National himself.

“I think I’m kind of young to be up here,” cracked Beattie when he took the stage after his Audio-Visual introduction.  From there, Beattie suggested he’d had a tough career since he didn’t start racing until he was ten, shortly after heading out to buy a bicycle with his dad and returning with a Suzuki 80 dirt bike. 

“I have lots of people to thank, especially all my family, and specific people like Jon Cornwell and (fellow inductee) Kurt Beiger,” said the always-jovial Beattie.  “I really have to thank my wife Michelle, because if she had stuck to her guns the first time I broke my neck, I would never have done enough to get into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame.”

Beattie admits to five major neck injuries during his career, forcing at least a couple of retirements, and explains his tolerance for, and ability to forget, pain are major factors in his many successes in a wide variety of two wheeled sport and competition.  His first major retirement in 2006 lead to the creation of his chassis set-up business, 26suspension.

Legendary motorcycle builder and tuner Mike Crompton started off by saying that when people have asked how he gets away with being busy with bikes and racing, his wife Kim has always encouraged him to participate and take advantage of the opportunities available.

“In the end, we always have a great time and come back with lots of stories to tell,” confirmed Crompton, who has built title winning machinery for George Morin, Art Robbins, Michel Mercier, Miguel Duhamel, Jordan Szoke in the glory days of the works CSBK Kawasaki program, as well as a host of others.

Crompton explained that is was a great honor to be inducted at the same time as fellow super tuner/builder Nick Kemp, since “he was always a go-to guy when we needed something fixed in a hurry, or if something was wrecked, and we could weld it, or rebuild it, or make another one or a redesign, whatever it took.”      

“I have other great friends here tonight who were always there for me like Harald Surian, always part of a top notch fantastic team, and Jon Cornwell (already in the Hall of Fame) who was always a big help and always there when I needed him.

Crompton spoke of his time with Suzuki Canada, Team Manager George Morin, ace racer Michel Mercier (now all in the Hall of Fame) and the mid-1980s, first generation Suzuki GSX-R750 Superbike.

“Michel rode with his heart, an incredible racer and an incredible athlete.  But it could be frustrating, and at times we were racing three different motorcycles over a weekend, and there were some incidents.

“Suzuki were great to deal with, but they always insisted the bikes to be blue, and I one time when I was at Suzuki, I asked if we could switch to the red ones, and they wanted to know why.  So I told them – I can see them coming out of the sky easier!”

Once the laughs died down, Crompton also wanted to recognize the famous Ontario Honda race Shop in downtown Toronto on Queen Street, and owners Murray Brown and the late Ricky Andrews, a real beehive of activity that supported a wide range of endeavors from the 1970s through the 1990s.

“The best thing with the motorcycles is always the friendship and the camaraderie that goes along with racing.  My father-in-law once said that I have the most fascinating array of friends and associates, and I think he meant that in a good way.”

Kurt Bieger, former racer and top Flat Track builder and Tuner, explained that when he started in competition, he crashed a lot.  “One of my best friends, and old Brit, asked me why I crashed so much, and I told him the tires just were not good enough!”

“It took me some time to figure out that I had to slow down a little bit.  I gradually figured that out, and then, when I got hurt, I started letting other people race my machines so they wouldn’t just sit.” 

“In closing, I want to say that It’s hard to explain why anyone spends hours and hours alone working on their race bikes.  We’re trying to figure out how to put the combination of bike, rider and track together, day by day.  I’m happy to be up here, I’m proud to be part of this group, and thanks everyone.”

Famed Announcer Pat Gonsalves opened his remakes by explaining that he briefly considered having his alter-ego, Guyanese announcer Huntley Williams, speak on his behalf.  This took some in the crowd way back, since Gonsalves hadn’t worked that character into his race coverage since the late 1970s at Shannonville Motorsport Park.

With a career spanning many types of motorsports in a variety of countries, both on the P.A. and television, Gonsalves admitted that he has never “met a microphone I didn’t like.  This evening is truly special, and I want to thank the group of racers that nominated me for the Hall including Kathleen Coburn, Alan Labrosse and Bernie Ryan.”

“I am filled with gratitude for my career announcing, now at 40 years and counting.  Harry McCluney hired me to work with the Canadian Road Racing Club at their events at Mosport when I was at Ryerson in 1972, and I eventually worked at Shannonville for John Nelson when it opened in 1976, and started announcing at Daytona International Speedway in 1977.”

The next event for the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame will be the 2018 Banquet and Reunion scheduled for November 17 at the Delta Burnaby Conference Centre in British Columbia.

Sunday, 05 November 2017 01:09 Published in News


Flat Track Canada From Ohsweken Speedway- Round 9 Results- October 6, 2017

Ohsweken, ON (October 7, 2017)- For the second year in a row Oshweken Speedway played host to the final round of the Flat Track Canada series.

Saturday, 07 October 2017 08:45 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Lawrence Frustrated at Springfield Mile National

Doug Lawrence “was chasing the ball” all day at the famous Harley-Davidson sponsored Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds September 3, but ultimately had too many issues to make the 25 lap Main Event, National round 15 for American Flat Track Twins.

After brake troubles forced 2015 Flat Track Canada Champ Lawrence of Mississauga, ON., from the grid in his third Heat race, Lawrence’s Weirbach Kawasaki Ninja 650 won the Last Chance Qualifier to make it into the next race, the opening Semi Final.  Unfortunately, a charging Lawrence had a clutch issue and was forced to retire, ending his day.

Fellow former Canadian Champ Don Taylor of Port Colborne, ON, travelled to Springfield with Lawrence and made it to his Semi with a strong fifth place finish in Heat Race number three.  Aboard a Racing Unlimited/Bel Ray/Motovan supported Kawasaki twin, Taylor retired from Semi race number one just one lap later than Lawrence, also with a clutch problem.

“Those five laps of feeling awesome again on a race bike were great,” confirmed Parts Canada backed Lawrence while returning from the Springfield.  “You want to get that felling back, but I don’t want to have any problems.  I adapting well to getting back on the Kawasaki, but you have to be so in touch with the bike to achieve any results at this level.”

Lawrence explained that “the track was very similar to 2013; in the past three years it was good grip with a narrow line, grooved, but his year it was so much more wide open, and I really liked it. 

“The bike I rode yesterday wasn’t as fast as the Kawasaki I used in previous years, but it did handle better – the old bike was only aimed at big tracks like Indy or Springfield.  This bike I rode yesterday was easier to ride from zero to eighty percent, with a lot more throttle feel.  It’s a C & J chassis, the same as before, but the engine really affects how the bike works overall.”

 As with his single previous outing on the Weirbach Kawasaki at the Black Hills Half Mile at Rapid City, South Dakota, Lawrence explains that “I was way off with gearing to start with, not in the ballpark, and the bike wasn’t revving hard at all – we had to add teeth.  Than I started climbing the ladder.  I added another tooth of gearing, and I might have even gone further for the Semi, but didn’t get a chance to ride.

“Then in the first heat, the caliper wasn’t attached properly, and it came off on the way to the grid, and ripped the brake line off.  So that pushed us into the LCQ.

“We have zero points, so we don’t have a drafting partner – we aren’t near anyone in the top ten in points, so that hurts our laps, and I’m riding with guys who are a second and a half off the pace – we can’t really help each other.”

In the Last Chance Qualifier, Lawrence hooked up with Weirbach team-mate Chad Cose to fight for victory, eventually winning by 0.14 of a second.

“Racing with Chad Coss for the win in the LCQ, that was sweet,” confirmed Lawrence.  “We were finally starting to run the way we should.

“Then into the semi, I’m behind the eight ball again, they take the top nine.  I knew I was fast, I could do it, but if someone broke up the draft, that would be a problem.  I was up to fourth or fifth, watching (eventual winner Jared) Mees around the bottom, sliding everywhere, and I figured I could catch these guys and get to the front, maybe get a second or third. 

“Then I had two laps while my bike was slowing, before I put my hand up, and then I had to stop.  It was weird, the clutch problem – we think Don had the same issue on the next lap.  They’ll look at the engines today or tomorrow.”

Lawrence also explained that “Taylor was going good, and he is someone who can hop in and race – he truly can.  He was in the ballpark, but he was starting to struggle with grip.  We were all struggling for grip.” 

As far as the remaining three National rounds of the American Flat Track tour are concerned, Lawrence says that “I would consider going out west to ride the last race, but I need to know the bike is good – so I’ll see if I can put something together.  We did have five or six awesome laps, so that’s encouraging.”

Monday, 04 September 2017 16:01 Published in News


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