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Xgames

Hard to believe it’s here already but in a few days flat track  returns to COTA in Texas,  this time for the XGames which is making it’s last appearance in Austin before it heads to another city (which could turn out to be my hometown of Fort Lauderdale!). Rain has played a huge part in the event in the past and with over 8 inches yesterday there is nothing to suggest it won’t happen again in 2016.  The XGames is quite different because the athletes they invite aren’t all from the AMA Pro Flat Track series, and this year include in addition to the round the world list of XGames athletes an old friend Ducati fans know well, Larry Pegram (on a Harley this time) and of course I’ll be cheering on #10 Johnny Lewis on the Lloyd Brothers Motorsports machine, with new support from event sponsor LifeProof.  Johnny’s top 5 finish last year makes him one of the favorites to medal this year.  I’m excited because I know he is ready, the team is ready and the bikes are capable so fingers crossed for a good racetrack and the moon and stars to line up just right in the Texas sky.

It’s sold out to attend in person but it’s showing live on ESPN:  

Thursday June 2nd

8:30 – 11pm EST

Moto X Step Up Final

Harley-Davidson Flat-Track Racing Round One/LCQ/Final

http://xgames.espn.go.com/xgames/austin/

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For those joining us there in the Vicki/Ducati grandstand area on Saturday night, there is lots of great info here:

AMA Pro Flat Track athletes are taking the spotlight on Saturday, April 9 at the inaugural Lone Star Half-Mile at Circuit of The Americas during the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas weekend on the new, purpose-built (XGames) dirt track inside the COTA property just outside parking lot C. The race is end of day Saturday after the main track shuts down. Discounted tickets are available HERE for $50 until April 4th (or they sell out)

What is AMA Pro Flat Track? AMA Pro Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. The sport is also regarded as the birthplace of the “Golden Generation” of USA Grand Prix stars, producing top riders such as Grand National and World Champion Kenny Roberts, Wayne Rainey and Nicky Hayden. AMA Pro Flat Track comprises two classes. The first is the GNC1 class, which features the world’s elite flat track riders. The second is the GNC2 class where up-and-coming athletes compete to gain cred and earn their spot in the top GNC1 ranks. AMA Pro Flat Track events commonly produce nail-biting action lap-by-lap as riders showcase racing that resembles not only the sound of a freight train but the proximity of one, too. As they whip around the freshly packed clay surface without front brake accommodation, riders demonstrate fierce competition as they try to force their way to the lead in bar-to-bar racing action.

AMA Pro Flat Track has also grabbed the attention of elite international talent from MotoGP, in particular from Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi. In 2009, Rossi experienced “a magical night” at the Indy Mile while watching the talent of Yamaha TZ750-mounted Kenny Roberts and established his own Flat Track at his ranch in Tavullia, Italy. While in 2014 and 2015, Rossi’s rival and fellow MotoGP competitor, Marquez hosted three Superprestigio dirt track events in Barcelona, Spain.

Who Should I Look For? GNC1 class pro Johnny Lewis of course, on the Lloyd Brothers Motorsports #10 machine! Fans will have the opportunity to meet AMA Pro Flat Track standout Johnny Lewis and other superstars at 6:00 p.m. CST during the Dunlop Fan Walk in the rider paddock. Among these athletes are three-time Grand National Champion No. 1 Jared Mees, 2015 Summer X Games gold medalist #42 Bryan Smith , three-time Grand National Champion #2 Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. as well as rider #6 Brad Baker, who beat Marc Marquez to the line in his own SuperPrestigio in January (They all race in the GNC1 class).   Oh, and the numerous MotoGP riders and teams that past experience suggests will show up and check out the teams and machines.

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But wait, there’s more…

Roland Sands Design and the Super Hooligans will also put on a show during the evening with custom-built street bikes hurtling around the track.

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How to Purchase Tickets:
For spectators coming from the road racing circuit, tickets can be purchased at the Grand Plaza Ticket Booth in COTA until 5:00 p.m. General admission to The Harley-Davidson Lone Star Half-Mile at Circuit of The Americas is $55.00 at the Box Office. There are two ticket stations located at the entrance of the dirt track to the right of the shuttle drop off area and directly in front of the grandstands. Save 10% on admission by purchasing tickets online at http://www.texasflattrack.com/tickets/. Teenagers between the ages of 13 and 18 will receive half-priced admission at the gate and children 12 and under are free.For additional information about The Harley-Davidson Lone Star Half-Mile at Circuit of The Americas, please visit their website at http://www.texasflattrack.com.
How to Watch If You Aren’t Going To The Race:
FansChoice.tv is the official home for live streaming coverage of AMA Pro Flat Track events. The site also provides coverage of IMSA’s development and single-make series, and NASCAR’s touring and weekly series. Catch all the action at http://www.FansChoice.tv.

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The new limited edition Ducati Scrambler Italia Independent and a dedicated eyewear collection are the first items created from the new partnership
Kicking off a global 3 year partnership contract that unites Ducati and Italia Independent, the company and retail store chain created by Fiat heir Lapo Elkann was the unveiling last night at the Setai hotel, Miami of the new Italia Independent Ducati Scrambler. Created in limited edition with only 1,077 units, the bike is enhanced by an aluminium plate with laser etching of each unit’s serial number. The Ducati Scrambler – Italia Independent logo is present on both sides of the tank as well as on the label on the leather seat.

With inspiration drawn from the “cafè racer” concept,  hand-crafted details include a black engine with brushed cylinder head fins and visible machining, black full exhaust unit with Termignoni silencer, low handlebar with variable section and aluminium rear mirrors mounted on the ends. The short front mudguard, the essential nose fairing, the frame and the wheels painted “Night Copper” (colour designed for this special edition), the seat with stitching in the same colour with the embroidered Italia Independent logo on the back further embellish this version. The “Matte Black” colour of the entire bike and the side panels of the tank, created by an artisan brushing process reminiscent of the “Night Copper” of the wheels and chassis, emphasise even further the “café racer” soul of this new bike.

MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 05: Italia Independent X Ducati Celebration of The Launch Of The Scrambler Ducati at The Setai Miami Beach on December 5, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images For Ducati)

MIAMI BEACH, FL – DECEMBER 05: Italia Independent X Ducati Celebration of The Launch Of The Scrambler Ducati at The Setai Miami Beach on December 5, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images For Ducati)

Also on hand was a display of Ducati Scrambler sunglasses created by Italia Independent. Described as having “A classic, timeless shape” the sunglasses are dark black with rubber surface treatment, mirrored copper-coloured lenses which match the internal part of the frame.
Art Basel has a certain charm which makes the launch of this all-Italian partnership even more special. Style and technology, heritage and innovation, but more than anything else cohesion and synergy between the two teams, consisting of men and women working together, are the true strength of our two companies and the key to success for this collaboration,” commented Lapo Elkann, Co-Founder and Chairman of Italia Independent.
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Posted by Vicki Smith for Ducati.net at 1:27 pm

Ducati demo rides into the Malibu canyons, dealers and Ducati corporate staff on hand to answer questions, a bike show, music, games, hospitality and lots of spectacular Ducati motorcycles. Join us for a look at the first Los Angeles Ducati Week!

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