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As anticipation climbs for the 2020 season of American Flat Track, Coolbeth-Nila Racing makes an announcement sure to turn the tide of the inaugural AFT SuperTwins season. Making his debut on the Indian Motorcycle FTR750, Sammy Halbert will pilot the Coolbeth-Nila machine in 2020.
"We are really excited to get the season started," said Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. of Coolbeth-Nila Racing. "We have made a lot of major improvements to the bikes, and combine that with Sammy's drive to win, and I feel like we will be up front and contending for wins. Our team owner John Wise has put a lot into the program within the last couple of months to make sure that Sammy will be set up to be a major contender in the SuperTwins class."
Arguably one of the most versatile riders on the circuit, Halbert has scored a victory on each of the four types of AFT tracks. With thirteen career premier class victories to his name, Halbert is excited and optimistic about his transition to the multi-championship-winning FTR750.
"I'm honored to have Kenny Coolbeth choose me to ride for him, especially after having raced with him in the AFT series since 2005," said Halbert. "We've had a lot of great battles on the track over the years, which makes it that much more special to combine our efforts and talents to take on the competition. I'm excited to see what I can do on a bike that's already a proven winner. With the full support of this team behind me, and our growing list of partners including Roof Systems of Dallas, Texas, I am looking forward to great things this year.”
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A thrilling 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season opener lived up to the pre-race excitement with a challenging track inside Angel Stadium that added a level of unpredictability to the racing. The track instigated several lead changes in front of the sold out crowd of 45,050. Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing's Justin Barcia took the first win in the 17-race series, just as he did in 2019, but 450SX Class rookie Monster Energy Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo made him earn it in a battle that had both riders pushing their limits for the 20 minutes plus one lap race.
When the 450SX Class Main Event's gate dropped Smartop / BullFrog Spas / Motoconcepts Honda's Vince Friese grabbed the holeshot, but Justin Barcia wasted no time and within five corners had established himself as the race leader ahead of Friese, Smartop / BullFrog Spas / Motoconcepts Honda teammate Justin Hill, Team Honda HRC's Justin Brayton, JGRMX / Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Fredrik Noren, Adam Cianciarulo, and defending champion Cooper Webb of the Red Bull KTM team.
Cianciarulo was on the move instantly, reaching fourth place with an aggressive move through the first set of whoops and setting his sights on the front. In less than four minutes of racing Cianciarulo had put his Kawasaki into second place and set his sights on Barcia. Nearing the halfway point, Barcia made a mistake that took him briefly off the track. Cianciarulo slipped past, quickly pulled nearly a two second lead, and looked destined to win his 450SX Class Main Event debut while past champions and pre-season favorites battled well behind.
Cooper Webb, riding with a flu, put his KTM into third place just past the half way point. Then, with under six minutes of racing left on the clock, Cianciarulo got bit by the track trying to seat bounce out of a corner. He lost traction and drive and came up short and sideways on a landing. He managed to keep the bike off the ground, but Barcia capitalized and rocketed back into the lead where he would keep his Yamaha until the checkered flag waved.
It was also a big night for another racer, though for a different reason. The day prior, Mountain Motorsports, cbdMD, CR22 Racing's Chad Reed announced to the U.S. press his decision to retire after 18 years of Supercross racing. 2020 will be Reed's final year in Monster Energy Supercross competition, and the race at Anaheim marked the milestone 250th 450SX Main Event start by the veteran. It didn’t come easy: after getting tangled in a first turn crash in 450SX Heat Race 1, Reed was forced to qualify through the 450SX Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). With a bad starting position, Reed found himself at the back of the pack, and only reached 18th place on the night.
After his win, Justin Barcia, "I busted my butt in the off-season and worked so hard. That was just all strength through that whole race. I've definitely matured a lot, developed as a rider a lot, that was an incredible race. I didn't want to win this race! [laughs] My goal was to get out of here safe, healthy, and I just want to be on the podium a lot this year and be in the fight for the championship because I haven't been able to do that."
Adam Cianciarulo commented on the difference in race duration with the move up to the 450SX Class, "The races are a little bit longer, and even though 250 and 450, it's 15 and 20 minutes, that extra six or seven laps we do feels like a lifetime. So [I was] just trying to adapt to the track out there, and yeah, Justin made a mistake and went off, [then] squared up under me and I thought we were both going to die off the next rhythm sections. Man, it was so much fun racing him. Then I spun out [jumping] out of the triple there; and thank God [that] God blessed me with some long legs, I was able to save that. [But I] knocked the wind out of myself for a good 20-30 seconds."
450SX Class Results
1. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha
2. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki
3. Cooper Webb, Clermont, Fla., KTM
4. Blake Baggett, Grant Terrace, Calif., KTM
5. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna
6. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
7. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
8. Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda
9. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda
10. Vince Friese, Menifee, Calif., Honda
450SX Class Championship Standings
1. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (26)
2. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (23)
3. Cooper Webb, Clermont, Fla., KTM (21)
4. Blake Baggett, Grant Terrace, Calif., KTM (19)
5. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (18)
6. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (17)
7. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (16)
8. Justin Brayton, Charlotte, N.C., Honda (15)
9. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda (14)
10. Vince Friese, Menifee, Calif., Honda (13)
The Heart of Racing team returned to Daytona International Speedway this weekend to compete at the ROAR Before the Rolex 24. This was the first outing for the program after a three-year hiatus, and for 2020 the team have chosen to make the change and compete with the Aston Martin Vantage GT3. This weekend the car was in white with green accents, but the team look forward to showcasing their new blue-checkered livery designed by Gray Newell.
For former The Heart of Racing drivers Ian James and Alex Riberas, as well as new full-season driver Roman De Angelis, this was the first time racing an Aston Martin. The team were joined by Aston Martin Works Driver Nicki Thiim and the crew were supported by Aston Martin Racing engineers
In the qualifying session on Saturday, designed to secure pit lane position, Roman De Angelis was in the hot seat and secured a lap time of 1:47.769. At this time, pit and garage positions are still to be confirmed. “All in all, I think it was a very good weekend”, said De Angelis. “We progressed as a team well bearing in mind, we had a brand-new platform to work on and not only for us, but for the North American market. It was great to finally be together with the team, my teammates did an awesome job all weekend helping me get used to the Aston Martin Vantage GT3. Really looking forward to going into the 24-hour race strong and I think we have a good chance to at least fight. That’s what we came here to learn, and that’s what we’re coming out with so I’m looking forward to getting going later in the month.”
The team now return to their Florida base to regroup and get ready for the most grueling race on the calendar, the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, Wednesday 22, to Sunday 26, January 2020.
“We achieved everything we wanted to achieve this weekend,” said James. “We each got seat time and made the most of all test sessions. It’s a new car to us, one I’m very excited about, but that also comes with challenges. I am very confident in the team though and happy with what we have learnt about the car this weekend. Looking forward to the race.”
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Seven events are on the schedule at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for 2020:
May 1-3, 2020 – Trans Am SpeedFest
July 10-12, 2020 – MotoAmerica Superbike SpeedFest at Monterey*
July 23-26, 2020 – Ferrari Challenge & Corse Clienti F1
August 8-9, 2020 – Monterey Pre-Reunion
August 13-16, 2020 – Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
September 11-13, 2020 – IMSA Monterey SportsCar Championship
September 18-20, 2020 – IndyCar Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey
Ticket renewals will be sent out January 8, and the first day of ticket sales to the public will be February 12, 2020. Click here for more details on our website, weathertechraceway.com. Children 15 and under are admitted free to all events when accompanied by a ticketholder. *Please note that MotoAmerica SpeedFest is an independently promoted event, and tickets are available through their website MotoAmerica.com.
The WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Season Pass will be offered again this year, allowing motorsports enthusiasts to enjoy all major events on the schedule, including MotoAmerica SpeedFest, with general admission parking at one discounted price. Each Season Ticket provides admission and entry to the paddock so fans can get up close to the competing cars, bikes, drivers and riders. A value of over $600, the 2020 Season Pass is available to all for only $399. Monterey County residents save even further with 2020 Season passes offered for a preferred price of $299.
The Family Friendly Pass is a new addition this year that includes four passes for admission and paddock access and one preferred parking pass (location depending on event) all for just $800 for Monterey County Residents and $1,000 for non-residents.
Both 2020 Season Passes will include admission to all events, including MotoAmerica Suberbike SpeedFest.
Seven thrilling events featuring racing machines on two and four wheels ranging from vintage to cutting-edge make up the incredible racing season that will take place on the legendary 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course. Furthermore, fan experience is enhanced through open grandstand seating areas as well as the range of vendors and fan activities in the Hagerty Marketplace.
Tickets, camping and VIP hospitality for individual events will be available on February 12 by visiting WeatherTechRaceway.com or calling 831-242-8200.
- Full-season, premium entry for the 2020 GT3 Cup Challenge USA season provided by IMSA
- One free set of race tires per event provided by Yokohama
- $20,000 in parts credit provided by Porsche Motorsport North America
- A custom driver suit and other safety products provided by OMP
- Two full sets of brakes provided by PFC Brakes
- Promotional consideration by RACER Magazine