AMA Pro Flat Track Is the Last Bastion of Old School American Racing
Before IndyCar, IMSA, or SCCA, and well before NASCAR, the original American racing series was motorcycle Flat Track. AMA Pro Flat Track racing uses dirt-strewn ovals where motorcycle riders pitch their bikes sideways into turns at over 100 miles per hour, leaving only a couple inches between themselves and the rider beside them. It’s a sport where heroes are made, and every fan leaves with a smile. The history behind the sport is one that goes back to the early days of motorcycle racing. Unlike many other forms of motorsport, which have evolved over time or faded into nothingness, AMA Pro Flat Track really hasn’t changed. The tracks and motorcycles are virtually the same as those that were raced before World War I. Flat Track racing is something of a sport out of time, but one that is equally as entertaining as it was back in those early days. RELATED: Check Out This 1927 Indian Motorcycle Built To Defy Gravity
Even though the racing and rules have generally stayed the same for the past 100 years, it hasn’t become stale. AMA Pro Flat Track racing hasn’t become boring, repetitive, or just an exhibition event that’s a throwback to the sport’s glory days. The racing that’s being done today is absolutely phenomenal, and still breeds American heroes.
Take for instance the highlight reel below.
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This video was shot at the Charlotte Half-Mile just this year. The racing is so tight; you could barely fit a needle between the riders. Unlike Formula 1 or NASCAR, every single rider has the potential to win a race. It’s all down to exorbitant amounts of skill and pure luck that someone doesn’t wipe you out going into turn one. You just don’t get that type of racing in any other series on the planet.
Where AMA Pro Flat Track also scores better than most, is in the amount of manufacturer involvement. Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, Ducati, KTM, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Triumph all race in some class or another. And the motorcycles aren’t just tube frame monsters that have no real connection to their road going counterparts. Each motorcycle is meticulously modified from a stock platform, giving you the ability to go out and buy the motorcycle your favorite rider uses.
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AMA Pro Flat Track racing is really the last bastion for old school American racing. Riders put everything on the line, and that heart and commitment shines through all the mud-soaked leathers, and broken bones. If you’re looking to find yourself a new obsession, that also has amazing racing where anything could and often does happen, then AMA Pro Flat Track racing is a must.
The AMA Pro Flat Track season finale is set to take place Nov. 20 at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you’re in the area, and want to experience motorcycles drifting on dirt at over 100 miles per hour, then buy yourself a ticket and thank us later.