The ul­ti­mate bike race

Motorcycle News (UK) - - 2016 Missions Spring Edition -

Q Peo­ria TT Q £17 on the gate plus travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion) Q AMA Pro Flat Track, Peo­ria TT Q Au­gust 14 Q Peo­ria, Illi­nois, USA Q www.peo­ri­amo­tor­cy­cle­ All of the AMA Pro Flat Track events are pretty nuts but the Peo­ria TT takes that to an­other level. Nor­mal AMA Flat Track in­volves har­ing around a dirt track with a se­ries of left turns only in one of two classes. GNC1 is open to a wide va­ri­ety of bikes with en­gine ca­pac­ity rang­ing from 550cc to 1250cc and the ever-pop­u­lar Har­ley-david­son Sport­ster re­mains a lead­ing bike but newer com­pe­ti­tion has been do­ing well. Speeds can reach up to 130mph on the mile-long ovals. In GNC2 heav­ily mod­i­fied 450cc four-stroke motocross bikes lap speeds of up to 115mph.

Now imag­ine that sce­nario be­ing played out on an un­du­lat­ing track with a mas­sive jump which throws the bikes into the air.

Well, that’s the Peo­ria TT and it’s one of the most his­toric of the AMA Pro Flat Track events held across Amer­ica. And un­like other AMA events, the bikes have a front brake fit­ted as the track turns left and right.

You can get re­ally close to the ac­tion and see the bikes and riders hurtling along and over the jumps. It’s a trip of a life­time for any­one af­ter some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. The near­est ma­jor air­port is the busy Chicago O’hare and there is a wide va­ri­ety of air­lines that fly from the UK. It’s then ei­ther an­other 45 minute con­nec­tion flight or a twoand-a-half hour drive to the track.

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