The motorcycle industry may be facing hard times right now, but there’s never been a better time to be a fan. There’s a competitive racing series for every discipline and level of riding. From on-road to off-road, motocross and supercross to MotoAmerica and MotoGP, just to name a few. We also can’t forget about all the crazy new enduro series popping up all over the world, and quite possibly thee most exciting of the bunch: American Flat Track.
American Flat Track racing has grown hand over fist in popularity over the last couple years and manufacturers have undoubtedly taken notice. Contingency incentive offerings to racers this year have almost reached $2 million – and still continue to grow. Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles have contributed about half of that money, bringing $562,500 and $358,000 to the table, respectively. Many other household-name brands round out the remaining mil. If the racing weren’t exciting enough, these added take-home incentives ought to make the competition that much spicier.
This year’s 18-round series travels all over the United States, and seeing the racing live will generally cost you about 30 bucks per ticket – not much more than a trip to your local movie theater after adding popcorn and a drink. Watching from home has never been easier, either. Most rounds can be watched on NBCSN and if you don’t get that channel, every race can be streamed live on FansChoice.tv. We all have internet now, even hobos update their status from vans down by the river – so no excuses. Next time you’re flipping through Netflix deciding on which movie you’ve already seen three times to watch, consider maybe checking out a race. Just saying…
But enough with all that noise. The purpose of this article isn’t to evangelically convince you to watch motorcycles go around in circles, but rather to shine some light and take a deeper look into the life of a privateer racer. The American Flat Track interview below with seasoned-veteran Cory Texter, outlines some of the challenges and obstacles, as well as the motivation and triumphs that come with the do-it-yourself territory.
There are only a handful of racers competing in the American Flat Track series that have full factory backing, which means the vast majority are all guys (and girls) out there doing it on their own. To me, the privateer effort is much more interesting than a full-fledged corporate-backed team because it requires a whole lot more creativity and sacrifice. It also shows that average Joes with the right attitude and motivation can go out there and dice it up, too. And besides, who doesn’t like a good underdog story?