When the 2021 American Flat Track series gets underway on March 12th, Canadian flat track fans will have a couple of riders to cheer a little harder for in the Singles class. While Trent Pickle and Hunter Bauer share the same passport stamp and will both be competing in the same class, their road to the opening round at Volusia Speedway will be quite different.
Pickle, who has been riding in the pro ranks in Canada for a few seasons now, got his feet wet in the AFT series in 2019 when he took place in select events and put in a good showing on underpowered equipment. For 2021 with border travel being a hassle at best, Pickle has made the monumental decision to move stateside for the season and will be residing with various friends from the racing community. Best described as a privateer who is getting lots of support from friends and family, Pickle has a solid group of sponsors to thank including Newman Motorsports, Robinsons Motorcycles, Acerbis, Ryno Power, Vortex, Trackside Cuts, Fast Eddy Trucking and SPH Motorsports. Pickle will also be receiving support from the Buchans, Lisa Riley, Grandma and Grandpa, Mom and Dad, Travis Ross, Rylee Griffiths, the Ruperts, Kim Vallee, Ed Schmidt, Tina Vanconant, Jeff Vanconant and Tiffney Vanconant. Pickle will be riding his Honda for the majority of the season but has a great opportunity at the opening two rounds as he will be piloting a borrowed Husqvarna.
Above: A move stateside will see Trent Pickle competing in AFT action when the 2021 season gets underway. Photo: Taylor Vallee.
Meanwhile Bauer, the 2019 Canadian rookie sensation, has been signed by newly formed NKR Canada and has joined forces with the well-established Water’s Autobody Racing Team under the KTM banner. While Bauer will be a rookie in the series, he has many corners to turn to for advice including Dave Waters, new teammate Aidan Roosevans, or NKR rider coach Doug Lawrence. NKR is the lovechild of Niki Kendall who got her feet wet in the sport with the Vancouver Flat Track Club but has now gone ‘all in’ with the formation of her own team. With a background in Motosports Management, Kendall has modest goals for 2021 but has her eyes on the future as well. “Our primary vision as a team is to reinstate Canadian presence within the American Flat Track Series. With proper partnership, support, skilled management and competitive machines, it is our intention to give our riders the best possible chance of getting Canada back in the race to win.”
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