On the scene in 2013, flat track racing continues to prove itself among the best of motorsport in terms of live spectating. The speed, the sound, and the ballet-like balance of machines constantly on the edge of control makes flat track an obvious thrill ride…even when viewed from a distance. The sideways action at the Pomona Fairplex just outside Los Angeles is an excellent venue to see this spectacle firsthand. Although billed as a half-mile, the course is slightly more than that. In years past, it has been fairly established that the Kawasaki-powered riders have an edge on the big mile courses; while the tractable power of the Harley-Davidson remains King of the Half-Mile (with all riders switching to converted 450cc motocross machines for the short tracks and TT courses).
However, with Pomona being slightly longer than a half-mile, the emerging Harley/Kawasaki rivalry reaches near parity. Add to it, that the Grand National Championship is decided at Pomona, and the tension builds to fever pitch. It’s “put up or shut up” time on the clay. This year’s final saw multiple restarts and a podium that featured three different makes, along with countless lead changes. Let’s look at some of the highlights, in pictures:
Johnny Killmore is a Formula sidecar and motorcycle racer who lives in the Bay Area of California. Fascinated at a young age by machines, Johnny is most comfortable at race tracks, garages, or far away places astride a motorcycle. Having cultivated a life revolving around speed, racing is a natural extension of that.
Johnny is also a great story teller so it follows naturally that he would share his adventures and report on the adventures of others. Having formally studied journalism, art, and agriculture, Johnny uses the visual and literary arts to bring to life the challenges, risks, and rewards of living a life at speed.