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While everyone was wide eyed at Indian's "record" $358,000 contingency package last week, Suzuki was quietly waiting in the wings to absolutely blow Indian and everyone else away with an unheard of $527,750 contingency offering.

Of course to claim it, you have to ride a Suzuki. Few of those show up for nationals. At least twins. In the singles class it's a different story. Still fewer than Honda, Yamaha or Kawasaki, maybe even KTM lately, but Suzuki is offering $176,000 in that class, including a $5,000 bonus if the singles champ rides a Suzz.

As an example, with half the twins field riding Indians, their total payout last year was slightly less than $150,000. Suzuki is offering $176,000 in the singles! It is a given that they will not pay but a small fraction of this since, as mentioned, you have to ride a Suzuki to earn it. Meanwhile, the bean counters in Spirit Lake have probably already deducted Indian's full $358,000 offering from the company books.

With the level of manufacturer support being shown the last several years, and that support building, we are witnessing an exciting time in American Flat Track!!!!

The article can be viewed here.
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I searched for a list of entries in the various races this year but could not find. And the Daytona 200? Which manufactures besides H-D & Indian are entered there? (I owned a Suzuki SV 1000 some time ago. Steering was too quick for me, the power was mighty. I sold it before I hurt myself)
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The link in my last post is for the American Flat Track "news" page on the organization's website. "american Flat Track" is the name of the series today. Use the menu at the top of that page for rider bios or (last year's) results to see who rides what. Many teams are just now making announcements though, so last year's results typically will not be an indication of rides.

There are several articles on that "news" page (several pages) however concerning the team announcements mentioned above. Hope that helps!

Daytona is 21 days (& 20hrs.) away.
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The announcement many of us have been waiting for has finally been made and it's not what some hoped. One of my own favorite riders Sandriana Shipman announced that she will be running her own solo program this year (again. ) Hat's off to Richie Morris for giving her a ride when returning from her big get off last year. He had her photo as the header on his site as recently as a couple days ago, but disappointingly, she was not part of his announced joint effort with Honda USA. Now this. https://www.americanflattrack.com/ne...goes-solo-2019

She'll be okay though. This little girl is just too darned tough not to be.

I met Sandriana in July 2017. She came to a class another acquaintance was giving. She proved to be one of those people you just have a good feeling about. Openly friendly even among a bunch of total strangers, some of us undoubtedly a little shady looking to those who don't know us. Within minutes it was like we'd known her forever. The fact that she is just cute as a button can't be overlooked, but she is so much more, personally and athletically, that's a quality I don't even find as distracting as some may. ...hmmm, did I really say that? And she can RIDE!!!! The kid is fearless.


It was HOT. The track was too dry. It was dusty and uncomfortable and I ended up losing an entire memory card of photos, but the day turned out pretty dog gone well in retrospect.



Sandriana Shipman. Remember that name!
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Last week's eye opener regarding Suzuki's 1/2 million dollar contingency appears to have already shaken things up. Chad Cose who is no slouch on a twin, has opted to race 450's in 2019 - Suzuki 450's!!!!



There are a lot of opinions of such twins riders "going back" to singles, but for me, this is no longer a quasi entry level class. Today's singles are all-but as fast as the twins and many feel they are actually a tougher ride. Unquestionably though, it is cheaper to run a singles team than a twins team. That's a big deal for privateers.

There are A BUNCH of talented riders in the singles class this year. There is some serious manufacturer participation. There is some major money up for grabs. The singles just are not the "b-side" anymore!
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has anybody looked at Indian's contingency program? It really rubs me wrong. First, you can't change the color of the bike. In other words, when Estension Racing kept the same style of paint and they changed the color from maroon to blue, they violated the conditions of eligibility. This year, unless you ride an Indian at all the races, you're not eligible for one red cent.

So if Henry Wiles rides his trick Kawasaki at Peoria, he'll forfeit any money from Indian for any other results throughout the year. Just think; that means that Indian has an enormous factory team that they don't have to pay. I hope that Crosley - Howerton and Vance and Hines both smoke the Indians, and that J.D. Beach romps on his Yamaha.

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has anybody looked at Indian's contingency program? It really rubs me wrong. First, you can't change the color of the bike. In other words, when Estension Racing kept the same style of paint and they changed the color from maroon to blue, they violated the conditions of eligibility. This year, unless you ride an Indian at all the races, you're not eligible for one red cent.

So if Henry Wiles rides his trick Kawasaki at Peoria, he'll forfeit any money from Indian for any other results throughout the year. Just think; that means that Indian has an enormous factory team that they don't have to pay. I hope that Crosley - Howerton and Vance and Hines both smoke the Indians, and that J.D. Beach romps on his Yamaha.

In fact, I'll be pulling for anybody not on an Indian.
"Oh the tangled webs we weave..." Very simply, from the very beginning - before they even started design - Indian/Polaris has been in this to prove a point. They're in it as a business promotion plain and simple. Nothing at all wrong with that! I just wish more could grasp it as you have. I'm with you. Indian has a great bike. No question. Their only concern though is making Indian's name rather than sport. I sincerely hope it never happens, but IF the FTR suddenly became just another bike on the grid, it's chances of winning a race dependant more on rider than bike, I would not be surprised to see them roll their tent and walk away.

Meanwhile, AFT has made another coupe in broadening the appeal of flat track. Here's the 19 NBC broadcast schedule.
https://www.americanflattrack.com/ne...dcast-schedule

The days and times this is going to be on TV in thousands of bars and restaurants where people will see it for the first time should be huge for the sport.

BTW - Jiggy is definitely worth keeping an eye on.
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When they initiated the singles class it put more on rider ability. There is great racing that goes on in that class. The twins not so much, it'll be another NASCAR with who -what ever throwing enough at it to win. Though Mees is good, but so are a few others. Like to see Carver moving up. Be cool to watch, no doubt, as long as it doesn't turn into another 30 - 40 year Harley style benefit. I think the days of rule warping to give one brand or another a step up is over though. Looking forward to the televised programs this year...
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It's pure speculation on my part, but I'm thinking the twins is going to be a lot more exciting than last year. It remains to be seen just what impact off-season developments by various teams may have on the class. I don't expect it to be the Indian racing show anymore though. ...just a hunch.

There are so many capable riders in the singles class this year, as Shayna Texter just said on Scottie Deubler's show yesterday, there could be a different winner every week. There has NEVER been so much money at stake for singles riders. Not even close, and the team support that's emerged is equally unheard of. The singles is as much a premier racing class as the twins. That worries me. It has become this refuge for pros struggling to stay on the circuit. A refuge where they can affordably keep racing and even make some money. The bikes are going all-but as fast as the twins. Yet they're still throwing the newer, lesser experienced riders in that mix. I just have a bad feeling about it.

AFT, for all the complaints the last few years, has been listening. Gotta give em credit for that! They know how visceral many still are over the XR 750's reigen of dominance in the sport. They don't want to do that again and risk slipping back into stagnation, no matter what brand it is. They heard the complaints about boring single line tracks. Those don't dominate the circuit as much as they did two years ago. Nature can be pretty tough on long range plans, but track prep saw a marked improvement last year as well. Look for that to be even better. TV coverage 2-weeks or less following a race - on weekend days - is going to expose a lot of people who never heard of flat track to the sport. The goal is eventual live coverage, but the many unforeseen delays that (necessarily) happen at any given race makes that highly unlikely in my mind, but who knows? All in all, this is an exciting time to be involved in flat track racing.
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