April 5, 1999 – September 26, 2016
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2016) – AMA Pro Racing is
deeply saddened by the tragic loss of professional flat track riders
Charlotte Kainz and Kyle McGrane, and extends heartfelt condolences to
Kainz and McGrane were involved in separate racing incidents
during last weekend’s AMA Pro Flat Track race in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Emergency responders were on the scene within seconds of each incident
and the riders were transported to Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa
where they succumbed to their injuries.
“The flat track community is tight knit, and today we are all
mourning,” said Michael Lock, CEO of AMA Pro Racing. “Charlotte and
Kyle were talented competitors with bright futures. Our deepest
condolences go out to their families and friends in this time of need.”
Kyle McGrane, 17, joined the Pro Flat Track ranks in the GNC2 class
last year and showed promise both on and off the track. McGrane was
born in Gap, Penn. but had a growing fanbase nationwide with Main event
appearances and a Heat race win at the 2016 Law Tigers Arizona Mile.
Yesterday was the last race of the year for the AMA Pro Flat
Track series and it was a rough one. Not because I didn't win the
championship, that's not a big deal when you put things into
perspective. We lost two young riders yesterday, Charlotte Kainz and
Kyle McGrane. I knew of Charlotte but didn't know her that well. Kyle
McGrane and the entire family, on the other hand, have been family and
best friends to me ever since I can remember. I rode for the McGrane
racing team when I was young and have no doubt they're a big part of my
success. Every time I saw the McGrane family at races, I could tell
they were happy to be there and always gave a 100%. I remember letting
Kyle borrow a couple pairs of my leathers because he was growing so
fast that his family didn't wanna buy him leathers since he'd outgrow
them so quickly. Well, let's just say I could only help him for a year
or two because he grew way past me haha. Kyle would always come up
after his heat races and tell me where the holes on the track were and
if it was or wasn't slippery here or there. I would throw little things
out to his dad and brother to help him on race day and they would
always say "he'll listen to you and not us, so can you go tell him?".
The kid didn't have a bad bone in his body and you would never hear him
talk negative about anyone. I honestly wish I could be more like you
Kyle. We love you Kyle, RIDE IN PEACE my man.
Jared Mees - September 26, 2016