Harley-Davidson Announces 2017 Factory Flat-Track Racing Team

Feb 03, 2017 View Comments by

Harley Davidson 2017 Flat-Track Team

Harley-Davidson is unleashing a three-rider flat-track squad in 2017. Former AMA Grand National champions Kenny Coolbeth, Jr., and Jake Johnson, and young flat-track star Brandon Robinson will make up Harley-Davidson’s 2017 Factory Flat-Track Racing Team.

This announcement comes about a week after the company announced that its XG750R motorcycle will be the only bike raced by the Harley-Davidson team. The new flat-tracker replaces the legendary XR750 and marks the beginning of a new era in which Harley-Davidson and Indian will once again do battle on the track.

With a custom chassis purpose-built for flat-track racing, the XG750R is powered by a race-modified, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 750cc Revolution X V-twin engine originally engineered for the Harley-Davidson Street 750, a motorcycle designed for maximum urban maneuverability. The Revolution X engine is assembled at Harley-Davidson Vehicle and Powertrain Operations in Kansas City, Missouri.

The race-modified Revolution X engine and a racing frame for the XG750R were developed in collaboration with Vance & Hines Motorsports. The XG750R flat tracker motorcycle is not a production model. The 750cc XG Revolution X V-twin engine is for sale through Harley-Davidson dealers today and can be modified for racing use by aspiring dealers and privateers.

Kenny Coolbeth, Jr.
A three-time AMA Pro Grand National champion (2006-2008), the veteran Coolbeth has won 36 times in AMA Grand National competition, more than any active racer in the series. Coolbeth claimed three consecutive titles while racing for the Harley-Davidson Factory Team from 2006 to 2013. Aboard the Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 in 2016, Coolbeth won at the Springfield Mile and finished seventh in points. He was named the AMA Flat Track Rookie of the Year in 1994 and won his first Grand National race in 2002. Coolbeth is 39 years old and lives in Center Hill, FL.

Jake Johnson
Jake Johnson won consecutive AMA Pro Grand National championships (2010-2011) on Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycles and has won 20 times in AMA Grand National competition since moving up to the top pro class in 2002. In 2016 Johnson won on the Daytona short track and was fourth in the GNC1 season standings. Johnson won the AMA Pro Singles championship in 2006 and 2008 and was AMA Flat Track Rookie of the Year in 2002. Johnson is 32 years old and lives on Coatesville, PA.

Brandon Robinson
Brandon Robinson enjoyed a break-out season in 2013 with seven top-five finishes and three victories, including a sweep of both races on the Springfield Mile. In 2016 Robinson piloted the Kennedy Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 to his fourth career victory with a win on the Lima half-mile, notched two additional podium results and finished third in GNC1 points. In 2008 Robinson was the AMA Basic Twins class champion. Robinson is 26 years old and lives in Oxford, PA.

The racing season opens during Daytona Bike Week at the March 16 AFT Daytona TT. A new circuit featuring a jump will be constructed inside Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL. Stay tuned!

Text and Photography: Harley-Davidson

 

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