Defendng AMA champion Baker Wins At Calistoga
Brad Baker finally had the kind of race befitting a national champion Saturday night, winning the AMA Pro Flat Track Expert feature event at Calistoga Speedway to turn around an otherwise disappointing season.
"I really needed that," said the defending titleholder from Eatonville, WA. about his only win this year. "It's been an up and down year," added Baker, who broke his arm earlier in the season and missed part of the AMA Pro tour.
Baker showed his championship form by coming from mid-pack and picking off contenders for this year's title one by one until he claimed the race lead near the half-way point of the 25 lap event on the half mile oval. He qualified in the bottom half of the field earlier in the afternoon, forcing him to start in the second spot of the second row, with two of this year's three contenders in the row ahead of him. "I knew we had a good bike, but we needed to put all the pieces together," said Baker. "We second-guessed ourselves all night on the set-up, but we got it right by the main event. This win felt good because I had to start in the back and pick off the best.
Behind Baker, the championship fight got a new leader with one race left on the tour while Bryan Smith saw his effort to nail down the title literally go up in smoke as he was disqualified by race officials for oiling down the race track, wiping out a run from deep on the grid to what appeared to be a third place finish.
As a result, the only two riders with a chance to unseat Smith finished on the podium, with two-time champion Jared Mees finishing second and Pennsylvania's Jake Johnson claiming third. Mees, of Clio, MI, turned a nine point deficit in the standings into a thirteen point advantage as the AMA Pro Flat Track series heads to the season finale Oct. 11 in Pomona.
Smith's disappointment hung in the air as thick as the blue haze that his bike left at the end of each straightaway while he carved his way through the field and ignored official's attempts to get him off the track. "What! Are you kidding," said Smith angrily about the swing in the point standings. Immediately after the race, he formally protested the finish to the AMA Pro organization, which will evaluate it before the Pomona finale. "I saw the black flag," Smith admitted, but said he couldn't read the bike number displayed by race officials and didn't know it was for him.
In the junior race for Pro Singles, rookie Davis Fisher claimed his first career victory after claiming a string of five runner-up finishes in his first year as a professional rider. The sixteen year old dominated the Pro Singles event, starting from the pole after setting the quickest qualifying time, winning his heat and running away from the field to win by nearly a full straight-away after his closest challenger, Jarod Vanderkool, fell off the pace in the closing laps.
"I knew Vanderkool was there," said Fisher, about the rider who hounded him in a two-man race that left the rest of the field to contend for third. "I just put my head down and got the job done."
Ramspur Winery Joins Calistoga Half-Mile as Title Sponsor Announces Special Wine Savings for Flat Track Fans
The award winning Napa Valley based boutique winery Ramspur has signed on with the Calistoga Half-Mile team adding their support for the upcoming September 27th AMA Pro Racing Flat Track event. Ramspur Winery a highly rated producer of estate varietals including, the medal winning Estate Pinot Noir and Montage blend, has long been a supporter Flat Track racing including currently being on board with former champion Jake Johnson as he battles or the National Championship in 2014.Read More Check Out The Race Poster
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Yamaha TTR 125LE Raffle for Calistoga Half Mile youth attendees
Yamaha Corporation, U.S.A, together with Berkeley Yamaha, Mach 1 in Vallejo; K&B Motorsports, Petaluma; and Santa Rosa Powersports have donated a Yamaha TTR 125 that will be raffled during the Calistoga Half Mile event to a youngster that has entered the raffle at the Yamaha booth. The winner must be present at the time of the raffle and meet the age requirement of 6 to 14 years of age.
See the Action Up Close with a FREE Special Offer at the Calistoga Half-Mile September 27th!!
A very special offer has been added to this year's Ramspur Winery Calistoga Half-Mile, every advanced ticket purchase will enable the buyer to FREE Infield Access (a $25 value). Show your ticket and walk inside. That means no more looking through the fence at the riders barreling around the corners. With this special access you can get up close in the infield and watch right from the corners!! It's a great opportunity to see the riders and crew as they prepare for the race. Plus, when you stand inside the turns, you see everything differently than just being in the grandstands. The crossover gate to the infield will open multiple times during the night so everyone can enjoy the infield and when ready get back to their seats. There is no age limit to this pass so bring the kids and get up close to enjoy the fun. Please note this is not a pit pass to the AMA Pro pits, but will allow non pit infield access. Get your tickets early and enjoy the show!!
Ramspur Winery Introduces Limited Edition Calistoga Wine Bottle
Ramspur Winery has just announced the availability of some very limited collector's edition bottles of Pinot Noir. This special 2012 award winning wine is bottled in a commemorative Calistoga Half Mile gold engraved bottle and is available in a very limited quantity of 48 and 14 of those have already been taken. The commemorative wine, a great holiday gift, is priced at $100 per numbered bottle
Special Custom and Vintage Motorcycle Show on Tap for Calistoga
Just added for the Saturday September 27th event at Calistoga is a custom vintage motorcycle show highlighting some of the World's greatest historical bikes and some true museum pieces. More details to come over the next few weeks, but trust us it will be something that can't be missed. Stay tuned...