RIDE WITH USINTO THE DIRT
Join our four-part series on the flat track frenzy that has hit the US racing scene. We follow #revitriders, PJ Jacobsen and Corey Alexander, to the dirt track to explore the history, the legends, and the bikes of the scene. We also zoom in on the heavy dose of madness required to slide these machines around atop an unstable surface at speeds of 190km/h (120 mph).
"GOING FLAT OUT"
Turn back the pages of history one hundred years, and you’ll find the makings of modern-day flat track. In the first episode of SLIDE, we look at the evolution of the sport and what gives flat track its cool.
Release date: July 19th
"MAN & MACHINE"
We dive into the mechanics and engineering of a flat track machine, and what exactly sets it apart from other race bikes - and what their riders must do to keep their own bodies in peak performance condition.
Release date: August 2nd
"THE FASTEST GET FASTER"
Flat track training has become the gold standard for some of the world’s fastest road racers. Discover why this particular racing style pushes the best of the best to new, record-setting heights.
Release date: August 16th
From the moment a leather race suit is zipped closed, to the final, frantic waving of the checkered flag, live through the nerves, adrenaline, and incomparable exhilaration of a flat track race day.
Release date: August 23rd
MEET OURSERIES NARRATORS
PJ Jacobsen is a world-renowned road racer who had won over 30 National Championships in the US before making the leap across the pond to the British Championships, and then ultimately to World Superbikes. That said, PJ is no stranger to the dirt. His father was a professional flat track racer, and in 2019, PJ returned to his family’s two-wheeled origins; piloting his Indian Scout FTR750 in select races during the 2019 American Flat Track series.
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In 2018, Corey Alexander caught the eye of the motorcycle world when he made the leap from professional road racing to American Flat Track - in the span of a month, and without any prior flat track experience. Raised in New York with his family’s motorcycle dealership as a childhood backdrop, Corey has deep roots in the racing community and joins as a guest writer, contributor and narrator of SLIDE.
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GOING FLAT OUT
Though beautiful, racers willingly dance on the edge of disaster each and every time they secure their helmets.
PJ JACOBSEN & COREY ALEXANDER
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IMAGINING THE DREAM
Close your eyes. Imagine the smell of race-grade fuel. The growling sound of v-twins & 450cc motorcycles gliding across the dirt searching for traction as they pass. It’s truly two-wheeled art in motion.
Though beautiful, racers willingly dance on the edge of disaster each and every time they secure their helmets. Weekend after weekend, and coast to coast, these modern-day daredevils pursue their lifelong dream of becoming Grand National champion at each of the 18 American Flat Track rounds.
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
Flat track brings the racing to you, up close and personal. Aside from Supercross, there is no other motorsport where spectators can sit in one spot and enjoy the adrenaline rush - a mere few feet away from the action. Without moving an inch, you can witness 16 racers banging bars and exchanging rubber during the quick-paced 20-lap races. If you’re lucky, you might find a seat where the dirt spray won’t hit you as riders take the high line around the edge of the track.
During the intermission, you can make your way into the pits to meet some of the most accessible and humble athletes in the world. Where else can you do that? Let me tell you. Nowhere. It’s the fastest-growing motorsport today for a reason.
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THE ROOTS OF A CRAZE
It’s also a little known fact that the adrenaline-charged sport of flat track motorcycle racing is one of America’s first extreme sports. Racing around and around in circles may sound simple, but tricks of the trade have been passed down and tweaked through generations, starting all the way back in the early 1900s, when motorcycles were used to pull bicycles onto the banked turns of pedal races. Early race classes ranged from polished OEM contests to down-and-dirty amateur classes where the real heart of flat track was born.
THE GREATEST OF THE GREAT
Over the decades, flat track racing has produced some of the world’s greatest motorcycle talents. Guys like original Indian Wrecking Crew members, Bill Tuman, Bobby Hill and Ernie Beckman, during the 1950s. Or Gary Nixon and Dick Mann in the 1960s. Or Kenny Roberts and Eddie Lawson during the ’70s and ’80s. Or Nicky Hayden in the ’90s and 2000s. All were superb flat track racers, and many applied their dirt skills toward National, Grand Prix, and MotoGP success. It has been proven, if you can go fast and turn left, surely you can go fast anywhere.
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SLIDE EPISODE 2: MAN & MACHINE
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