2024 American Flat Track Royal Enfield Short Track at DAYTONA

American Flat Track 2024 Season Begins With Daytona Bike Week Doubleheader

American Flat Track 2024 Season Begins With Daytona Bike Week Doubleheader

The 2024 American Flat Track season begins with a highly-anticipated doubleheader at the DAYTONA Flat Track during Daytona Bike Week.

Mar 5, 2024 by FloRacing Staff

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Following months of training, preparation, and anticipation, the 2024 Progressive American Flat Track season, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, is now just two days away. And in Daytona Bike Week tradition, the season will kick off in spectacular doubleheader fashion under the lights of the Flat Track at Daytona International Speedway with the Royal Enfield Short Track at DAYTONA I & II on Thursday, March 7, and Friday, March 8, in Daytona Beach, Florida.

With decades of heroics in its record books dating back to 1954, each new battle for the fabled Grand National Championship is historic by definition. 2024 has the potential to go down as one of the most significant as reigning Mission SuperTwins king Jared Mees (No. 1 Rogers Racing/SDI Racing/Indian Motorcycle FTR750) attempts to upgrade his already lofty status from legendary to immortal.

Mees has an unprecedented tenth championship squarely in his sights, needing just one more title triumph to reset one of the sport’s foundational records once thought unbreakable. However, it’ll likely prove one of the most difficult of his remarkable career, a fact that could very well be underlined in the Daytona opener.

Despite his lengthy list of accomplishments, Mees has yet to conquer the DAYTONA Short Track. That reality is in sharp contrast to rising title challenger Dallas Daniels (No. 32 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT), who dominated the event last year, a feat that served as a springboard to a spectacular sophomore season in which he very nearly toppled Mees in his quest for a ninth Grand National Championship. And Daniels only figures to be that much more formidable in ‘24 as he continues to gain confidence and experience.

Another rival standing in the path of Mees is two-time Mission SuperTwins champion Briar Bauman (No. 3 Parts Plus/Jacob Companies KTM 790 Duke), who toiled in ‘23 with the expectation of being rewarded for those efforts in ‘24. Bauman managed to win a pair of races last season even as he tamed a KTM 790 Duke that was still early in its development. The hard-earned knowledge gleaned last season should allow him to once again emerge a full-blown championship contender.


VIDEO: Watch highlights from last year's Super Twins season opener at DAYTONA. 

The obstacles Mees will need to overcome do not end with Daniels and Bauman. The 2024 field is loaded with the greatest motorcycle dirt trackers on the planet, including premier-class Main Event winners Davis Fisher (No. 67 Rackley Racing/Bob Lanphere’s BMC Racing Indian FTR750), Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750), Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 JMC Motorsports/Fairway Ford Ohio Indian FTR750), Bronson Bauman (No. 37 Fastrack Racing Mission Foods KTM 790 Duke), and Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Moto Anatomy X Powered by Royal Enfield 650).

And while Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Dodge Bros. Racing/Castrol Harley-Davidson XR750) is not a threat for the crown, he is a threat to run up front whenever he lines up during his limited schedule. That’s especially true at the DAYTONA Short Track where he stands as the event’s winningest rider, boasting four prior victories.

The Mission SuperTwins field only increases in strength this season with a number of big-name talents stepping up to full-time premier-class duty, including Max Whale (No. 18 Latus Motors Racing/Liqui Moly Harley-Davidson XG750R), Trevor Brunner (No. 21 Mission Foods/Zanotti Racing KTM 790 Duke), Declan Bender (No. 70 GOMR/BriggsAuto.com/Martin Trucking Indian FTR750), and Morgen Mischler (No. 13 Big Red Super Twins Honda XL750R), who joins Dan Bromley (No. 62 Big Red Super Twins Honda XL750R) on the newly announced Honda-powered Big Red Super Twins squad.

Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER

It’s something of a similar story in the Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER class, where reigning champ Kody Kopp (No. 1 Latus Motors/BMC KTM 450 SX-F) is in position to become the most decorated rider in the history of the category, both in terms of championship triumphs and race victories.

Kopp projects as Mission SuperTwins superstar in the near future; if everything goes to plan, this could very easily prove to be his last opportunity to leave his mark in the extraordinarily competitive and entertaining Parts Unlimited AFT Singles class.

His presence is also an opportunity for other up-and-coming riders looking to make their own impression. The list of potential usupers to Kopp’s throne is headlined by the Tom Drane (No. 59 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F), Chase Saathoff (No. 88 JPG Motorsports Honda CRF450R), and Trent Lowe (No. 48 American Honda/Mission Foods CRF450R).

Once fully up to speed, Drane was effectively Kopp’s equal over the ‘23 season’s second half and should only be that much better in his second full season. Saathoff has been on the verge of a breakthrough maiden win for two seasons now, the first of which could come at any time and open the floodgates to many more. Lowe managed to break down that same wall a year ago and now looks to transform that speed into legitimate title contention.

The class is never in short supply of talent, also boating the likes of Dalton Gauthier (No. 79 D&D Certified/Vance & Hines KTM 450 SX-F), Shayna Texter-Bauman (No. 52 Parts Plus/Jacob Companies KTM 450 SX-F), and James Ott (No. 19 1st Impressions Race Team Husqvarna FC450) among its ranks.

It’s also a battleground where newcomers can establish themselves as frontrunners with little delay. Could 2023 Nicky Hayden AMA Flat Track Horizon Award winner Evan Renshaw (No. 265 American Honda/Mission Foods CRF450R) become the latest rookie sensation to set the Progressive AFT alight?

Additionally, Royal Enfield will showcase its enormously successful and popular Build. Train. Race. (BTR) program on both days at the Royal Enfield Short Track at DAYTONA. Since its introduction, BTR has injected new talent and excitement into the series as highlights, celebrates, and encourages the involvement of women in flat track racing.

There will be plenty to keep fans entertained off the track as well, including numerous vendors, plenty of food and beverage options, music courtesy of international famed and Daytona-based DJ Shea Michaels, fireworks displays at the conclusion of both night’s Main Event programs, Monster Energy and Mission Foods sampling activations, and extensive motorcycle parking.

How To Watch American Flat Track

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American Flat Track at DAYTONA Tickets

General Admission Grandstand tickets are just $30 (kids 12 and under $5) each day, while Reserved Grandstand tickets are only $10 more (all ages) per day. The Pit Pass Upgrade provides all-day access to the pit area where fans can scope out the world’s fastest dirt track motorcycles and get up close and personal with the stars of the sport. Pit access is included with Reserved Pit Grandstand tickets, which are $75 per day.

New for 2024 is the Opening Ceremonies Trackside Fan Experience ($150 all ages). This ticket option provides reserved seating with pit pass access, a guided tour of, and photo opportunities at, the infield podium and start/finish line, infield viewing of Opening Ceremonies and the heat races, and a track talk and photo opportunity with 2016 Grand National Champion Bryan Smith.

Fans can save $10 by purchasing Thursday and Friday tickets together via the Multi-Day Discount.

To purchase Royal Enfield Short Track at DAYTONA I tickets, visit: https://www.tixr.com/groups/americanflattrack/events/daytona-short-track-i-86846.

To purchase Royal Enfield Short Track at DAYTONA II tickets, visit: https://www.tixr.com/groups/americanflattrack/events/daytona-short-track-ii-86992.

And to take advantage of the Multi-Day Discount for the Royal Enfield Short Track at DAYTONA I & II, visit: https://www.tixr.com/groups/americanflattrack/events/daytona-short-track-i-and-ii-86845.

Gates will open for fans at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT with Opening Ceremonies scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT on both days.

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