Yamaha Announces Support for Estenson Racing 2020 American Flat Track Team
ATLANTA, Ga. (December 11, 2019) - Yamaha Motor
Corporation, USA (YMUS) is pleased to announce support for Estenson
Racing’s effort in American Flat Track (AFT) for the 2020 season. The
team has signed a multi-year deal with JD Beach, who will lead the
campaign in the all-new SuperTwins class, while Kolby Carlile, the 2017
AFT Singles Champion, steps up to the premier class alongside Beach
aboard the Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT. The team has also signed
Mikey Rush for a two-pronged threat in the AFT Singles class with young
phenom Dallas Daniels.
Returning for his second year with Estenson Racing, 2020 will be JD
Beach’s first full-season in American Flat Track. With multiple road
race titles on his resume, the Owensboro, Kentucky, resident has his
sights set on a SuperTwins crown. He pulled double duty with the team
in 2019, competing in the premier classes of both AFT and MotoAmerica.
The dirt track/road racer made history with his first AFT Grand
National win at the Super TT in Arizona, which was also the first
victory for a Yamaha Twin since 1981. Beach then backed it up the
following weekend at Virginia International Raceway with his first
MotoAmerica Superbike win, becoming the first rider to top the podium
during the same season in the premier class of both disciplines since
Nicky Hayden in 2002. He ended the year in AFT with two wins and three
Kolby Carlile made the transition to the Twins ranks last season,
competing both in the new AFT Production Twins class and AFT Twins. He
had a solid rookie year in spite of injury and made a late-season
charge for the Production Twins title, ultimately ending the year third
in the Production championship with two wins and six podiums. The
“Flying Tomato” also showed strength in the premier class on the TTs,
making all four Main Events. Carlile now looks forward to stepping up
to the SuperTwins full-time in his fourth season with the Estenson
The newest member of the team, Mikey Rush, jumped straight into the
premier class of AFT in 2009 and scored his first win in 2013 at the
Daytona Short Track. After some tough years in the privateer ranks, he
made the move to the AFT Singles class and had a standout season in
2019, finishing second in the championship with four wins and seven
podiums. The Californian now looks to bring home the title in 2020
aboard the Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F.
Returning with the team is 2019 AFT Singles Rookie of the Year, Dallas
Daniels. The 16-year-old turned heads last season with a dominant debut
win at the Peoria TT. He then went on to back it up with two more
podiums to finish the year just outside the top 10, despite only
turning pro mid-season. Daniels looks to build on his progress in his
first full-year of AFT competition.
Keith McCarty – Yamaha Racing Division Manager
“We’re very excited to expand our partnership with the Estenson Racing
team for 2020. Last year, Tim Estenson really stepped it up in a
big way with his new tractor-trailer that set the standard in the pits
that Yamaha is accustomed to. In addition, he assembled a great group
of riders that accomplished some milestone events for Estenson Racing
and Yamaha with a couple of AFT Twins wins and several podium finishes.
The team also had success in the Production Twins and singles class.
For 2020, with the help of Tommy Hayden, Tim has refined his crew and
assembled a solid team of winning riders with improvements to their
equipment that should greatly increase their chances for championships.
With a great rider line-up and Tim’s enthusiasm for perfection, I’m
sure good things will happen for the Estenson Racing Yamaha Team.”
Tim Estenson – Estenson Racing Team Owner
“My roots in racing, in motorcycling in general, have been with the
Yamaha brand, so I’m really happy to have Yamaha USA’s increased
support for our American Flat Track effort. Last season, we were able
to accomplish my dream of returning a Yamaha Twin to the top of box for
the first time in nearly forty years with JD Beach’s win in Arizona.
Going into the new season, along with the support we are receiving from
Yamaha, we’ve made some key additions to our staff and technical
program. We’ve had some success early on with our young team and I look
forward to building on that in 2020 to fight for the championship.
“I’m really happy to have JD back on board with us and especially full
time this year in American Flat Track. I also look forward to seeing
Kolby step up full-time in the SuperTwins class. He brought us our
first championship and it has been great to see him progress in the
sport with our team. On the AFT Singles side, Dallas had a great rookie
season in 2019 and I look forward to his continued growth in the sport.
I’m also really excited to have a championship contender like Mikey
Rush join our team. He has a great story and has showed a lot of
character and perseverance over the years as a privateer in the sport.”
JD Beach – Estenson Racing SuperTwins Team:
“I’m really looking forward to being back with the Estenson Racing
crew. I think we kind of got started on our back foot last season. We
were hoping for more, but we still managed a few wins, and within the
Twins team a few podiums. I think the changes to the team and the new
personnel are going to help a lot. We’re all putting in a lot of work
this winter to come out next season swinging. I’m definitely looking
forward to it.”
Kolby Carlile – Estenson Racing SuperTwins Team:
“2020 is going to be an awesome year for me. I learned a lot last year
racing the Twin in the Production Twins class and winning a few rounds.
This year I’ll be racing in the new AFT SuperTwins class full-time on
the Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07. The guys I’ll be racing against week
in and week out are the fastest guys in the world and I feel like I’ve
always benefited from racing the best there is. The team also has some
new members that are going to be huge additions in the development of
“Going into the new year, I’ve been taking a few months away from
racing to allow me to focus on getting my knee in better condition. The
races are a bit longer this year for me, and the intensity is up from
what I have raced before, so being in top physical condition is
important. I have an awesome teammate in JD Beach. I’ve grown up
learning from him and I don’t plan on stopping now. I look forward to
doing my best to improve the bike, the team, and myself in 2020.”
Mikey Rush – Estenson Racing AFT Singles Team:
“I’m really excited to have this opportunity with Estenson Racing. Tim
is a great guy and their whole program is very professional. I’m
looking forward to working with them next season and am ready to go
racing and fight for the AFT Singles Championship.”
Dallas Daniels – Estenson Racing AFT Singles Team:
“I’m super excited to start my first full year in American Flat Track
with Estenson Racing. I’ve been training hard and preparing for 2020.
I’m really looking forward to getting things started in Daytona. I
can’t wait for the season.”
American Flat Track will kick off its highly-anticipated 2020 season
with the first-ever Saturday of Speed featuring the DAYTONA 200 and
DAYTONA TT Doubleheader at Daytona International Speedway. It all kicks
off at the peak of Daytona Bike Week on Saturday, March 14, 2020.
Tickets start at just $35 online and are available for purchase now at www.americanflattrack.com.
Dunlop and AFT Expand Partnership and Reveal DT4 Tire
2020 will mark Dunlop's fourth year as American Flat Track's Official Tire
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 10, 2019) – American Flat
Track and Dunlop Motorcycle Tires announced today another multi-year
renewal to the long-term partnership between America's Original Extreme
Sport and the premier manufacturer of motorcycle tires in North America.
Continuing on as the Official Tire of American Flat Track, Dunlop also
announced the development of the first new flat track tire in 40 years
- the DT4. The new spec tire for the series, all riders in all three
AFT classes will be competing on the DT4 in 2020.
"We are delighted to continue our association with Dunlop," said
Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. "Their R&D and
manufacturing here in the USA is an important advantage for us and has
resulted in a brand new tire for our sport. Better durability, more
rider confidence and a superior performance envelope give the promise
of even better racing in AFT in 2020."
The DT3 has long been the benchmark for professional and amateur flat
track racing alike, but the DT4 will feature all new tread
patterns for both front and rear tires. The DT4 is also engineered to
be used without tubes. The DT4 will be made available in all current
DT3 tire compounds, allowing racers to match tire setup to specific
track conditions on race day.
In coordination with Dunlop, American Flat Track held off-season
testing sessions during which riders were invited to test the new DT4.
"I did some testing early on with the new compounds," said multi-time
champion and member of the Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew Jared Mees.
"I liked what I felt...they felt good, really consistent."
“We cannot be more excited to be extending our partnership with AFT,"
said Mike Buckley, Senior VP of Sales/Marketing of Dunlop Motorcycle
Tires. "The sport is poised to reach new levels and we hope that
America’s Original Extreme Sport will attract many new riders to our
industry. To be bringing a new product for the first time in over 40
years, one fully designed by the same R&D unit that has brought
legendary tires like our Q4 and Q3+ ranges, is particularly gratifying.
We believe AFT competitors will appreciate these new tires and we look
forward to working with AFT and the competitors to continue to innovate
in the area of tire development in the future”
American Flat Track will roar into its 2020 season with its first-ever
doubleheader - DAYTONA 200 and DAYTONA TT - at the legendary Daytona
International Speedway on Saturday, March 14. Get discounted
advance tickets now at www.americanflattrack.com.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 6, 2019) – The
Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track team readies itself for another
season of intense American Flat Track competition with the announcement
of three major additions to its talent pool for 2020. Reigning AFT
Singles champion Dalton Gauthier will join veteran Jarod Vanderkooi as
the newly-strengthened Factory effort. Additionally, the formidable
powerhouse team of Ricky Howerton and former AFT Twins champion Bryan
Smith will also be backed by Harley-Davidson and Vance & Hines in
Flat track fans are familiar with the championship-winning duo of
Howerton/Smith. This battle-tested team aims to use its developmental
prowess to bring the orange and black to the front in 2020. Howerton -
backed by the unparalleled expertise of Vance & Hines Motorsports -
will be charged with the tuning, set-up and technical refinement of the
his hiatus from the sport in 2018, Gauthier quickly became the man to
beat in the 2019 AFT Singles championship hunt. The diversely talented
athlete further displayed his versatility (and a natural finesse on a
Harley-Davidson) as he joined the Black Hills Harley-Davidson AFT
Production Twins effort and later lead it to victory at the legendary
Springfield Mile in August.
is shaping up to be a banner year for our sport," said Michael Lock,
CEO of American Flat Track. "Harley-Davidson’s and Vance & Hines’s
boosted commitment to the series and their support for both the
inaugural AFT SuperTwins season promises to ratchet up excitement over
the coming months."
American Flat Track will kick off its highly-anticipated 2020 season with the first-ever DAYTONA 200 and DAYTONA TT Doubleheader at Daytona International Speedway. It all kicks off at the peak of Daytona Bike Week on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Tickets start at just $35 online and are available for purchase now at www.americanflattrack.com.
District 37 Rider Reunion
Hummingbird Nest Ranch
2940 Kuehner Dr. Santa Susana, CA 93063
Meet and greet the racers of the Hopetown/Corriganville Grand Prix races. Also the Ascot shoes and the Desert Bums!
Come enjoy a day of seeing the vintage bikes on display, bench race, meet the guys that started it all. Enjoy a beautiful
location, live music, venders and merchants. Event will be held rain or shine as a large building holds over 200 bikes.
General Admission $20 10 am to 4pm
Includes bike show entry
Autograph session Live
VIP Admission $55 4:30 to 8:30
Admission VIP reception at
house Includes Food and Wine
Tasting VIP parking
805 750-0277 for tickets
Hell on Wheels Stadium Steeplechase TT on the Lucas Oil Trophy Truck Track
Sunday January 12th @glenhelenraceway
The Original Trackmaster Miler Prototype Is For Sale
Lodi Cycle Bowl
Night Before The Mile
August 9, 2019
Lodi Motorcycle Club
at Sacramento Mile
August 11, 2019
SCFTA Framer Shootout - Perris - May 10, 2019
DIGGER HELM MEMORIAL
West Coast Dirt Track Series
WILLOW SPRINGS - Sunday May 5, 2019
DIGGER HELM MEMORIAL
West Coast Dirt Track Series
WILLOW SPRINGS - Saturday May 4, 2019