Harley-Davidson Flat-Track Added to X Games

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung
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X Games is adding a new Flat-Track racing competition to this year’s event in Austin, Texas. Harley-Davidson sponsored two flat-track exhibitions last year but the 2015 X Games adds Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing as a full medal event. The gold medalist will also win a new Harley-Davidson Street 750.

“This June, fans in Austin will experience a new kind of action sport as they watch top athletes in flat- track race for gold,” says Dino Bernacchi, director U.S. marketing, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “Words can’t explain the rush of watching these athletes riding within inches of each other, kicking up dirt and carving through corners. It’s pure adrenaline-charge action.”

The competition will be held in an invitational format. Harley-Davidson is the event sponsor but other manufacturers are eligible to compete as well. As of this writing, X Games lists the following competitors:

Brad BakerBriar BaumanJD Beach
Stevie BonseyJeffrey CarverKenny Coolbeth
Sammy HalbertJake JohnsonMichael Kirkness
Doug LawrenceJohnny LewisWyatt Maguire
Mikey MartinJared MeesNichole Mees
Robert PearsonBrandon RobinsonMikey Rush
Jake ShoemakerBryan SmithCory Texter
Shayna TexterHenry Wiles

“This is great for our sport,” says Baker a Harley-Davidson factory racer who will ride the XR750. “X Games is about performance, and flat-track racing is the perfect addition to this competition, allowing athletes from around the world to showcase just how they push the boundaries in their sport.”

The Harley-Davidson Flat-Track Racing competition is scheduled to air on ESPN at 9 pm (EST) on June 4.

[Source: Harley-Davidson]

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