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Tuesday 14 May 2019

American Flat Track

Vance & Hines 'So-Cal' Half-Mile (May 11), Perris, California (Round 5)

American Flat Track ace Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Kennedy Racing/Armbruster Racing Indian FTR750) won the Vance & Hines So-Cal Half-Mile (May 11) at the Southern California Fairgrounds in Perris, California, becoming the first AFT Twins rider to claim more than one victory so far in 2019.

Photo: Scott Hunter/American Flat Track

Title leader Briar Bauman (No. 14 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) extended his perfect podium record for the season with second; with the factory Harley squad still looking for its first win since 2016, and the first ever for the XG750R, Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R Rev X) took third after a red flag and restart ruined his chances.
Fellow Harley rider Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R Rev X) took fourth, with defending double AFT Twins Champion Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) in fifth.
In the Roof Systems AFT Singles, reigning champion Ryan Wells (No. 94 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) backed up his first podium of the season at the Arizona Super TT with his first win of the year.

Michael Inderbitzin (No. 54 Pacific Tub & Tile/Mark Strock Honda CRF450R) took second; championship leader Dalton Gauthier (No. 122 D&D Cycles/Gobert Smash Husqvarna FC450) was third; reigning AFT Singles Champion Dan Bromley (No. 1 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-F) was fourth, with two-time ‘19 race winner Jesse Janisch (No. 132 Roof Systems Dallas TX/Öhlins Yamaha YZ450F) grabbing the holeshot and eventually scooping fifth.
In the second of the eleven AFT Production Twins Championship rounds being staged at the 11 half and one mile races in 2019, Cory Texter (No. 65 G&G Racing/Holeshot Powersports Yamaha MT-07) picked up where he left off at the Texas Half-Mile, going two-for-two by scooping up a second consecutive victory.
Ryan Varnes (No. 68 Varnes Racing/RoyBuilt/Don's Kawasaki Ninja 650) took second; with Kayl Kolkman (No. 98 Kolkman Racing/Uncle D Yamaha MT-07) third; Michael Inderbitzin (No. 54 Weirbach Racing/Racing Unlimited Kawasaki Ninja 650) fourth, and AFT Singles title leader Dalton Gauthier (No. 122 Racing Unlimited Kawasaki/D&D Cycles Kawasaki Ninja 650) fifth.
Next up is the legendary Sacramento Mile at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA., May 18; then the first of two visits to the Illinois State Fairgrounds this season for Springfield Mile I on May 26; then the Indian Motorcycle of Lexington Red Mile at Lexington, KY. on June 1; the Laconia Short Track at Loudon, NH, June 15; the Lima Half-Mile at the Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, Ohio, June 29 and the New York Short Track and the Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY on July 13.