Bryan Smith Leaves Werner Springsteen Monster Energy Kawasaki
NEWS March 30, 2011
FLUSHING, MI (March 24, 2011) - AMA Pro Flat Track rider Bryan Smith #42 has announced that he was not able to reach an agreement with the Werner Springsteen Monster Energy Kawasaki team for the remainder of the 2011 season. Smith will be pursuing the 2011 Harley-Davidson Insurance AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship under his own racing program. Motocross hero and long-time supporter, Pat Mo- roney, along with American Harley-Davidson will be two of Smith’s main sponsors in 2011.
Smith earned Kawasaki’s first ever victory in the Grand National Championship Expert Twins class at the 2010 Indy Mile. He proved vital to the development of 650cc twin, providing feed- back to tuner, Bill Werner, and Jay Springsteen as they molded the Kawasaki into a competitive, race winning machine. Smith quickly cemented Kawasaki’s arrival into the AMA Pro Flat Track ranks by winning the, prestigious, Springfield Mile, and helping the Japanese factory earn its first AMA Pro Flat Track Manufacturers’ Championship.
Bryan Smith: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Werner Springsteen Team, Mon- ster Energy and Kawasaki for giving me the opportunity to race with them. I have gained a tre- mendous amount from the experience, and I will always cherish putting Kawasaki in the record books. I think Kawasaki will be very successful in the Grand National Championship, and I wish the Werner Springsteen Monster Energy Kawasaki Team and rider, JR Schnabel, the best of luck.”
Smith climbs back into the familiar saddle of the FastHog.com XR-750 for the Expert Twins rounds. “I was consistently a threat to win the Championship on Moroney’s Iron, and I look forward to picking up where we left off”, said Smith. Bryan will, also, continue to ride the Kawasaki KXF 450 in the Expert Singles events.
Smith will partner with the following sponsors for the 2011 season: Moroney’s Harley-Davidson, FastHog.com, American Harley-Davidson, RockysOnline.com, MBH Trucking, RHC, Docs H-D, RE101.com, PowerLet, Silkolene, Schopieray Family, Tucker Rockey, Subaki, TCR, Boughner Racing, KK Supply, Supertrapp, Web Camshaft, Cometic Gaskets, K&N, Motion Pro, PMP Sprockets, Decal Works, Weiss racing, Universal Coating, Works Connection, Shoei Helmets, Oakley, Saddlemen, EBC, Pro-plates, Vortex, West Coast Hotshoes, Terry Everet, Barney Mars, Gene & Gail.
Bryan Smith is 27 years old and resides in Flushing, Michigan. He has been racing professionally since 1999. In 2006, at 23yrs old, Smith be- came the youngest rider ever to win the Springfield Mile. His other career accomplishments are listed below:
- 2001 AMA GNC Rookie of the year, 883 Sportster Series Champion
- 2003 Formula USA Dirttrack Champion
- 2006-2009 rider for the “Wrecking Crew” factory Harley-Davidson Team
- 2006 First AMA GNC win (Daytona), youngest rider to win Springfield Mile, finished 3rd in Twins Championship
- 2007 GNC win (Castle Rock), finished 3rd in Twins Championship
- 2008 GNC win (Beulah Park Mile), Finished 2nd in Twins Championship
- 2009 GNC win (Lima 1/2mile)
- 2010 Two GNC wins (Indy Mile, Springfield Mile) - Kawasaki’s first GNC Twins victory, finished 8th overall in GNC Combined Points
Follow Bryan’s 2011 chase for the Harley-Davidson Insurance AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BryanSmith42