AMA Press Release:
For the third and final time this season, AMA Pro Flat Track was back in the golden state in front of an ecstatic crowd. Kenny Coolbeth Jr. got the win in what proved to be a phenomenal grand finale to conclude the 2012 season. When the lights turned on Saturday night at the LA County Fairplex, engines roared throughout the confines of the stadium and the euphoric fans hung on every lap. Though Coolbeth Jr. put on a show to claim his second victory of the year, the real story of the night was Jared Mees (Rogers Racing/ Harley-Davidson) as he took home the coveted AMA Pro Grand National Championship No. 1 plate.
“The feeling hasn’t really sunk in yet,” said Mees. “So much hard work and dedication has gone in to this season and it all paid off. I kind of knew where I was at the whole way and was able to bring it home. I really have to thank my team and sponsors for all of their support this year; this was a great team effort.”
Though Mees finished eighth, his effort was more than enough as his only competitors for the title, Sammy Halbert and defending Grand National Champion Jake Johnson looked sluggish the whole way.
Coolbeth Jr. was in a different area code Saturday night as he took the uncontested checkered flag by more than eight seconds. The Connecticut product saved the best race for last as this was clearly his sharpest performance of the year.
The race behind Coolbeth Jr. was where the real action was held. Bryan Smith bounced back from a 14th starting position and was neck-and-neck with Brad Baker. Baker was able to hold off Smith for a strong second-place finish with Smith closing out the podium.
“It takes a team to make this happen,” said Coolbeth Jr. “I’m not going to take all of the credit. Next season we just have to train hard and stay healthy and we’ll be alright. We’re going to keep our heads held high and give these boys a run for the championship next year.”
AMA Pro Flat Track Finals at the Pomona Half-Mile Results:
1 2 Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. Screaming Eagle Harley-Davidson
2 12 Brad Baker Dodge Bros Racing ·Perry`s H-D Harley-Davidson
3 42 Bryan Smith Crosley Radio ·Howerton Kawasaki
4 27 Robert Pearson Memphis Shades Harley-Davidson
5 95 JD Beach USC Kawasaki ·Red BullKawasaki
6 80 Steven Bonsey Goodwin Racing Harley-Davidson
7 17 Henry Wiles Foremost Insurance Ducati
8 9 Jared Mees Rogers racing Harley-Davidson
9 44 Brandon Robinson Werner ·Springsteen Kawasaki
10 69 Jethro Halbert USC Racing Kawasaki
11 98 Kayl Kolkman Wieblers H-D Harley-Davidson
12 10Z Briar Bauman Dave Burkes Motorsports Suzuki
13 7 Sammy Halbert South East Harley Harley-Davidson
14 1 Jake Johnson Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson
15 73 Doug Lawrence R&J Racing Harley-Davidson
16 23 Jeffrey Carver Jr. Kiewsow Racing Harley-Davidson
17 61 Dustin Crow Greg Crow Racing Harley-Davidson
18 11 Scott Baker Wood Rotax BMW
AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles
Stephen Vanderkuur has been a beast all year long and Saturday night’s showdown was no exception. The young gun won the final race of the season in convincing fashion and clinched the AMA Pro Pro Singles National Championship.
“This feels unbelievable,” said Vanderkuur. “I want to give a huge thank you to my team and a big shout-out to everyone who helped me achieve this goal. There are really so many people to thank for my success.”
Vanderkuur, starting from pole position, found himself trailing rival Jason Isennock early on, but a crash on lap four caused a staggered restart. The second chance was all Vanderkuur needed as he caught Isennock on the back stretch and stole the lead. However, one man’s fortune is another man’s tough luck, as the staggered start proved to be the last thing Isennock needed as it caused him to fall back to fourth and eventually land outside the top-five finishers.
Dominic Collindres ran a good race, finishing in second on the night and fourth on the season in the Pro Singles standings. Wyatt Maquire (Kirkland Racing/ Yamaha) closed out the podium with a solid third-place finish.
Vanderkuur has been atop the standings for the majority of the season and it became evident early on that the upcoming star was on his way to a breakout year.
AMA Pro Flat Track Finals at the Pomona Pro Singles Half-Mile Results:
1 10J Stephen Vanderkuur Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda CRF450R
2 66Y Dominic Colindres Weirbach Racing Honda CRF450R
3 18M Wyatt Maguire Kirland Racing Yamaha YZ 450F
4 55A Jake Shoemaker Montgomeryville Cycle Center Honda CRF450R
5 74Z Rodney Spencer Jr. 831 Pinnit · Honda CRF450R
6 30S Jason Isennock Highs Dairy Stores Honda CRF450R
7 23Y Ryan Foster Baywide Glass Honda CRF450R
8 51Y Nathan Wait Gator Racing ·Stockton Honda Honda CRF450R
9 96B Cody Johncox Weirbach Race Team Honda CRF450R
10 54A Dan Bromley Bob Weirbach ·Jemco Honda CRF450R
11 20M Jacob Lehmann Vince and Denise Holt Honda CRF450R
12 25A Shayna Texter DFW Honda Honda CRF450R
13 21L Cole Anderson Diesel Minnesota Honda CRF450R
14 93L Aaron Colton Speed & Strength ·Tucker Rockey Honda CRF450R
15 28Z Zachery Lenhof APF Motorcycle Salvage Honda CRF450R
16 54Z Michael Inderbitzin Pacific Tub & Tile Honda CRF450R
17 23Z James Monaco Anthony Mitchell Honda CRF450R
18 99Y Ryan Kearns SM Racing Honda CRF450R
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