DAYTONA BEACH, FL – April 23, 2019 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The 2019 American Flat Track title contenders will jump right back into the fight this weekend as the series arrives at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz., for the Law Tigers Arizona Super TT presented by RideNow Powersports on Saturday, April 27.
And “jump” may very well be the operative term. The “Super TT” earns its title with a layout primed for drama — featuring multiple jumps and a variety of right- and left-hand corners — and a primetime schedule with the Main Events set to be contested at night under the Musco lights.
Reigning AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines champ Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) comes in fresh off his victory in the Texas Half-Mile and eager to build up the sort of crushing momentum he rode to back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018. While he may have originally made his name on the Half-Miles, he’s proven to be a threat at the TTs in recent seasons as well, scoring two wins and two runner-ups in the discipline since ‘17.
However, current points leader Briar Bauman (No. 14 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) is similarly accomplished, scoring a pair of TT wins, a second, and a third over that same time span.
No one in the history of the sport can rival the career TT record of Henry Wiles (No. 17 Bandit Industries/DPC Racing/Wilco Racing Indian FTR750), who boasts a remarkable 19 career TT Main Event triumphs.
Two other riders to keep close tabs on are Estenson teammates Jake Johnson (No. 5 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) and JD Beach (No. 95 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT). The race is set near Estenson’s headquarters and the venue was a popular test locale for the team prior to the end of the track testing window for the 2019 season. Beyond that, Johnson is a five-time TT winner himself, while Beach has demonstrated mammoth potential on TT circuits where his roadracing chops serve him exceptionally well.
Meanwhile, in Roof Systems AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys action, the early-season title leaders are expected to resume their battle up front. The top four riders in the points — Atlanta Short Track winner Dalton Gauthier (No. 122 D&D Cycles/Gobert Smash Husqvarna FC450), Texas Half-Mile runner-up Mikey Rush (No. 15 RMR Honda/Red Riders Rewards Honda CRF450R), DAYTONA TT winner Jesse Janisch (No. 132 Roof Systems Dallas TX/Öhlins Yamaha YZ450F) and reigning class champion Dan Bromley (No. 1 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-F) — are all established TT standouts.
Last weekend’s top performer – Shayna Texter (No. 52 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-F) – looks for another chance to exhibit her extensive off-season TT training in hopes of solidifying her position in the championship hunt.
That Estenson home-track advantage could come into play on the undercard with 2016 AFT Singles champion Ryan Wells (No. 94 Estensen Racing Yamaha YZ450F) being well motivated to get his title campaign on track.
History has repeatedly shown that TT’s play to the strengths of series part-timers with versatile skill sets developed in other forms of motorsports. Don’t overlook the chances of legends Ryan Sipes (No. 264 Red Bull/Leatt/KTM 450 SX-F) and Jeff Ward (No. 336 Blackmore Ranch/Monster Energy KTM 450 SX-F).
The excitement won’t end at the fences. There will be KTM demo rides, live music and numerous vendors and displays to keep the fans entertained all day long.
VIP packages for the Law Tigers Arizona Super TT presented by RideNow Powersports are sold out, and General Admission tickets are selling fast; secure yours now at www.americanflattrack.com. General admission tickets are $40 online and $50 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free in the general admission areas. Military/First Responder tickets are $20 with GovX registration.
For fans who cannot experience the Arizona Super TT live at the track, FansChoice.tv will provide live coverage of the Arizona Super TT starting when the gates open at 4:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT. Practice begins an hour later, and Opening Ceremonies are slated to begin at 9:50 p.m. ET/6:50 p.m PT. The rider autograph session is scheduled for 8:50 p.m. ET/5:50 p.m PT with the Main Events starting at 11:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. PT.
Whether you make it to the track or watch on your device, be sure to catch the feature broadcast of the Arizona Super TT on NBCSN with flag-to-flag coverage of both Main Events, enhanced by exclusive features and cutting-edge aerial drone and onboard footage. It will debut on Sunday, May 12, at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT and will re-air the following day, Monday, May 13, at 12:00 p.m. ET/9:00 a.m. PT.
About American Flat Track:
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagram, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.
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