AMA Announces Rebranding Of American Flat Track Series:

ftrAMA Pro Racing has announced the official rebranding of the all-new American Flat Track (AFT) series – formerly known as AMA Pro Flat Track. The rebranding of the series coincides with the dawn of a new era for America’s favorite motorcycle sport, which includes a restructured class system as well as a re-envisioning of the event format. While holding true to the legacy of a sport rich in history, the modifications are designed to provide a more understandable and exciting format for the modern fans and make the series more accessible to new fans.

“We are extremely excited about the rebranding of the series,” said Michael Lock, CEO of AMA Pro Racing. “The rejuvenation of the sport will bring a new level of excitement to racers and fans. Everyone will be able to easily understand what’s happening on the track and will be able to enjoy all of the action from the moment they arrive to when they head home. It’s a very exciting time for the sport of professional Flat Track racing.”

The restructured class system consists of the AFT Twins class, the premier class where the best Flat Track riders in the world battle for top honors on fire-breathing Twins, and the AFT Singles class, which will host dirt track racing’s stars of tomorrow. The reclassification of the new series is categorized in an easily comprehensible format:

The AFT Twins class will consist of twin-cylinder motorcycles (650 – 999cc), which contain the latest in motorsport technology and will be piloted by the fastest athletes on the dirt. In the AFT Singles class, the up-and-coming riders will command the tracks on 450cc single-cylinder motorcycles as they compete for their chance to make it to the prestigious AFT Twins ranks.

There are also changes to event format which promise an action-packed program of racing. The traditional format will move to a tournament style format, where the fastest 48 riders from timed qualifying advance to the heats. From there, the race program will consist of four six-lap Heats with nine of the 12 riders transferring to one of the two Semis. What was traditionally a last chance effort to make the Main, the new Semi format is a knockout round where 18 riders duke it out for the nine spots that transfer them to the 18-rider Main. The Main events themselves see little changes, with the premiere AFT Twins class keeping its traditional 25-lap Main and the support AFT Singles class sees a slight increase from 12 to 15 laps.

Adding to the excitement in 2017, the American Flat Track series will also be the battleground for one of the oldest rivalries in motorcycle racing – Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle. The American Flat Track series in its entirety will continue its growth by introducing new global manufacturers to the sport and will see elevated support from current and new partners.

4 Responses to “AMA Announces Rebranding Of American Flat Track Series:”

  1. 1 Chief Waldo Sep 27th, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Hopefully AMA Pro’s (read: NASCAR’s) “rebranding” of a successful dirt track program will come out better than its rebranding of road racing a few years back. That was so successful (poorly executed), they lost their TV coverage and bailed out the following year.

  2. 2 nicker Sep 27th, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    “…re-envisioning of the event format. While holding true to the legacy of a sport rich in history, the modifications are designed to provide a more understandable and exciting format for the modern fans…”

    That picture shows the “true legacy of the sport.”
    The “modern fans” who don’t get that need to go take up golf.

    USAC screwed up Indy when they tried to make champ roadsters more like F1 racers.
    Manipulation for the sake of marketing will destroy anything.

    Class C is what it is… Not everyone “gets it”…. probably because we are not all the same.


  3. 3 evo80 Sep 27th, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    I just read on AMA website that 2 young riders passed away from injuries they sustained in the race sunday.I watched the race on fanschoice and the dust was so bad that it was dangerous for the riders in the middle of the pack,ama needs to come up with a remedy for this.God speed for the young lady and young man

  4. 4 Adventurebob Sep 28th, 2016 at 10:37 am

    What a tragedy. I understand that track condition was very poor. Hopefully track owners will remedy this. May the young riders rest in peace and may their loved ones find the strength to get thru this tragedy.

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