BUFFALO CHIP, S.D. (Oct. 13, 2016) – A monumental partnership has been struck to preserve an authentic rally tradition and take professional racing to the next level of entertainment. AMA Pro Racing, Indian Motorcycle® and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® are electrifying motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world by hosting the premier form of dirt track racing - American Flat Track. The racing action will be happening during the Largest Music Festival in MotorcyclingTM on Sunday, Aug. 6. In full Buffalo Chip style, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip TT will set racers on a new course with a twist - a half-mile long TT track that winds through the center of the venue’s famous amphitheater.
“We are delighted to be partnering up with Buffalo Chip to bring the world’s best Flat Track racers to the heart of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally,” said Michael Lock, CEO of AMA Pro Racing. “The Buffalo Chip will be kicking off a week’s worth of premier entertainment with the first American Flat Track TT ever to be held at the world’s biggest motorcycle festival.”
Accelerating the Journey
The three industry giants are collaborating to accomplish the anticipated track-building task in just a few short months. Plans call for demolition of several buildings, transporting and sculpting of tons of dirt and bringing together the biggest names in racing all to provide an exclusive, world-class racing experience. Flat Track’s seven-time Grand National Champion and track designer Chris Carr has blueprinted the new TT course to ensure entertaining racing that presents an equal challenge to both the riders and their machines. Fans watching from elevated “bridges” or trackside barricades will have an unprecedented view and share the thrills as the riders tear up a track that is like no other. The newly engineered track opens with an unfamiliar right turn, followed by two jumps. Riders will immediately power into another
right-hand turn all while trying to secure the lead.
“This new partnership with AMA Pro Racing will open a whole new world of professional racing for the Buffalo Chip and our guests,” said Rod Woodruff, Buffalo Chip President. “An American Flat Track TT course carved out of the middle of the Chip’s amphitheater not only makes for the most unique motorcycle racing on earth but also the wildest concert warm-up the world has ever seen.”
Races and Concerts Taking Center-Stage
Immediately following the races, crews will transform the track area back into the Wolfman Jack Main Stage infield in anticipation of another world-class headlining band performance. Race and music festival fans will be center stage for an evening full of high-energy entertainment they will never forget.
Having just announced its re-entry into professional Flat Track racing after 60 years, presenting sponsor Indian Motorcycle will be reigniting the racing war with Harley-Davidson that started nearly a century ago. Indian Motorcycle’s Wrecking Crew will be led by the 2016 Grand National Champion Bryan Smith, piloting the company’s new Scout FTR750, which was unveiled at the Chip in August. Smith, the 2015 X Games gold medalist, won the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track title in spectacular fashion at the season finale over fellow Wrecking Crew rider, Three-Time Grand National Champion Jared Mees. Mees also scored Gold at the 2016 X Games. Completing Indian Motorcycle’s Wrecking Crew is 2013 Grand National Champion Brad Baker.
"The team at the Buffalo Chip knows how to throw an epic party and continue to up the game every year," says Steve Menneto, president of Indian Motorcycle. "2017 is going to be a historical year for Indian motorcycle, and the pro flat track race inside of the Buffalo Chip is absolutely going to be a highlight in the year. I can't imagine a better place to see the Indian Motorcycle Wrecking crew in action."
The Buffalo Chip TT is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 6 and will fall under the Chip’s Moto Stampede umbrella of events. The Moto Stampede has previously included such adrenaline-pumping events as the Roland Sands Design Super Hooligan races and the Buffalo Chip Street Drags.