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 expected to compete as well. As of this writing, X Games lists the following competitors:
|Brad Baker||Briar Bauman||JD Beach|
|Stevie Bonsey||Jeffrey Carver||Kenny Coolbeth|
|Sammy Halbert||Jake Johnson||Michael Kirkness|
|Doug Lawrence||Johnny Lewis||Wyatt Maguire|
|Mikey Martin||Jared Mees||Nichole Mees|
|Robert Pearson||Brandon Robinson||Mikey Rush|
|Jake Shoemaker||Bryan Smith||Cory Texter|
|Shayna Texter||Henry 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.