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Tuesday 15 March 2022

AFT Briefs


Mobile View will return as Official Jumbotron of Progressive AFT for the seventh consecutive season and has renewed its Rookie of the Year sponsorship with a $7,500 prize for the rookie rider who earns the most points in this season's Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER championship.

All 18 rounds of the 2022 AFT season will be premiered in one-hour telecasts on FOX Sports' FS1 during highly rated weekend time slots, within two weeks of each event, followed by a re-air on FS2. "The schedule also leverages FOX Sports' outstanding motorsports line-up to maximize viewership for AFT's debut season on the network. The premiere telecasts on FS1 have been scheduled directly before or after other highly rated motorsports programming."

Additionally, all 18 rounds of the 2022 AFT season will be livestreamed on the Progressive AFT Facebook page. Coverage will be free of charge until Opening Ceremonies with access to watch the races themselves charged via Facebook Paid Online Events for $3.99 if purchased 24 hours or more in advance, or $4.99 if purchased on the day of the event. Viewers can watch livestream coverage in the Facebook mobile app, Facebook desktop site or on the Facebook Watch mobile app.

Reigning Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines Champion Cory Texter will return to the Southern California based G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing team for the 2022 season - for a fourth consecutive season, with two Mission Production Twins championships ('19 & '21) and one class runner-up ('20) earned in their three previous campaigns. Last season, he scored seven wins and 11 podiums en route to an 85-point championship margin.

G&G Racing has announced that its partnership with Yamaha Racing will continue for a seventh season. In just the most recent three seasons, with Cory Texter as pilot, G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing has claimed two AFT Production Twins championships and 14 victories among its 27 podium finishes. Including its previous success in the premier class with JD Beach, Mikey Rush and Chad Cose at the controls, the team has collected a combined 29 podiums, 36 top fives and 50 top tens during its six-year partnership with Yamaha.

Bryan Smith has been added to the AFT Management Team in the newly created role of Director of Industry Relations. He'll support all aspects of the Competition department, including managing rider and team relationships, new rider evaluation, track prep, safety and rules development. Smith will also be available for the series to call on as an elite-caliber test rider, whether to fine-tune the rulebook or assess the viability of potential new venues. Smith was the 2016 GNC Champion and 2012 and 2013 GNC1 Twins Champion, winning 33 races during his career and is tied for eighth on the all-time win list.

With support from KTM, Wally Brown Racing (Davidson, N.C.) will utilize the KTM 890 Duke platform to compete in the 2022 Production Twins class. In its first two years of flat track racing, WBR fielded Suzuki RMZ450s in AFT Singles - scoring eight top-five finishes, three podiums and a victory. The team will focus solely on research, development and testing throughout the first part of the year and plans to debut the new race bike at The Red Mile in Lexington, KY, in late May 2022.