Kyle McGrane

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 their families.

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