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Monday 10 January 2022

Progressive American Flat Track (AFT)

AFT - 2022 Schedule

Progressive American Flat Track (AFT) has announced an 18-round schedule for the 2022 season that will "bring the world's premier dirt track motorcycle racing series to new venues in new markets as well as a return to the major motorcycle rallies, fan favorites and new venues."
Described as being "ideally balanced in its March-October dates, coast-to-coast locations and blend of eight Half-Miles, five Miles, two TTs and three Short Tracks, the '22 slate is set to establish Progressive AFT as a highlight attraction at some of the world's biggest motorcycling events."

As previously trailed, the series is planned to kick off with a Daytona Bike Week Half-Mile doubleheader on Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 at Volusia.
The season will see Progressive AFT rounds reinstated as key components of the massively popular Laconia Motorcycle Week and Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, with the 2022 Grand National Championship battle finishing with a return visit to Daytona Beach during Biketoberfest for the Volusia Half-Mile III season finale. 

Several other events will have a "celebratory feel with high-profile showdowns on holiday weekends including Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. The annual legendary Midwest events, the Springfield Mile doubleheader, Peoria TT and Lima Half-Mile all return on their same weekends, while four events will move to new weekends in 2022.
"After a rain-out in 2021, the Texas Half-Mile moves to a new date in March to be a part of IndyCar weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The New York Short Track and Port Royal Half-Mile will both move to new weekends in July, and Cal Expo will play host to the Sacramento Mile in August.

"A number of fan and rider favorite venues are back following temporary absences. The Red Mile, Laconia Short Track and Black Hills Half-Mile last took place in 2019 and are set to make a return to the calendar in 2022."
The Castle Rock TT, meanwhile, is back following a lengthier pause. The '22 edition will mark the 28th inclusion of the race on the Progressive AFT schedule and a return to the Pacific Northwest for the first time since 2014. "The event is sure to be a unique and popular event on the tour thanks to a collaboration with Thor Drake, renowned for his ability to curate motorcycle art, racing and culture and deliver highly entertaining events such as The One Moto Show and The Wild One."
There will also be two new additions to the slate: the I-70 Half-Mile at Odessa, Missouri, and the Cedar Lake Short Track in New Richmond, Wisconsin.
The stop in Odessa is Progressive American Flat Track's first in Missouri since 2005, while the race in New Richmond will be the series' first in Wisconsin since 2003.