DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 16, 2019) – American Flat Track returns to action this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, for the Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda Texas Half-Mile presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys on Saturday, April 20.
The opening two rounds in the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines championship battle have proven both intense and unpredictable.
Reigning Grand National Champion Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) scored an amazing 20 Main Event wins in 31 attempts during a historically dominant stretch that spanned much of the 2017 and 2018 seasons, resulting in two runaway titles. However, Mees is now winless in the last seven Main Events and ranks fifth in the ‘19 standings.
DAYTONA TT winner Briar Bauman (No. 14 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) leads in points, followed closely by Atlanta ST victor Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Kennedy Racing/Armbruster Racing Indian FTR750).
Mees was victorious at last year’s Texas Half-Mile and is no doubt eager for a return to his dominant ways. But if there’s any rider even more motivated to win this weekend than Mees, it has to be his long-time rival, Bryan Smith (No. 4 Crosley Brands/Howerton Motorsports Kawasaki Ninja 650).
Smith broke his left fibula in a spectacular, multi-rider crash at Texas Motor Speedway a year ago. That incident effectively derailed any hopes he had to reclaim the #1 plate that Mees took off him the season prior. It also hindered him from rediscovering him winning form until late in the season. But once he did, he was nearly unstoppable, taking three wins in the final four races of 2018.
Smith reunited with the title-proven Crosley Brands/Howerton Motorsports Kawasaki effort for 2019, but he’s still looking to remind the field just how potent that pairing can be.
Meanwhile, in the Roof Systems AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys class, Atlanta Short Track winner Dalton Gauthier (No. 122 D&D Cycles/Gobert Smash Husqvarna FC450), DAYTONA TT winner Jesse Janisch (No. 132 Roof Systems Dallas TX/Öhlins Yamaha YZ450F), and reigning class champion Dan Bromley (No. 1 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-F) enter Round 3 of the Roof Systems AFT Singles season ranked 1-3, respectively.
But don’t sleep on American Honda-backed Mikey Rush (No. 15 RMR Honda/Red Riders Rewards Honda CRF450R). The former AFT Twins standout has made an admirably seamless transition to Roof Systems AFT Singles duty. He currently sits fourth in the standings and should only continue to gain speed as the season progresses.
Rush and his teammates, Cameron Smith (No. 44 RMR/Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda Honda CRF450R) and Cole Zabala (No. 51 RMR/Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda Honda CRF450R), will be defending their sponsor’s home turf this weekend as they look to put Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda on the podium at its titular event.
Saturday’s Texas Half-Mile also marks the season opener for the 11-round AFT Production Twins championship. The series, which has been designed to help up-and-coming AFT Singles riders adapt to faster, more powerful twins machinery, boasts a stacked entry list this weekend.
Among the many notable riders competing is none other than Danny Eslick (No. 64 Black Hills Harley-Davidson XG750R Rev X). A multi-time road racing national champion and Daytona 200 winner, Eslick is widely regarded as one of the sport’s most naturally gifted, exciting, and charismatic riders.
Race fans will have plenty to keep them busy between races. The Texas Half-Mile will feature the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue Drumline, live music by the Pete Barbeck Duo and an Easter egg hunt, along with numerous vendors and displays.