Flat Track: Round #9 - Virginia Mega Mile Preview (Video)

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AMA Pro Racing Press Release:

This weekend's Virginia Mega Mile, Round 9 on the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track calendar, is quite literally an inaugural event like no other. Located in New Kent, Va., Colonial Downs is an oversized track by any standard. Measuring in at just over a mile, the first-time venue will play host to the top dirt track motorcycling talent in the country on Saturday, August 24, 2013 as they mount their twin-cylinder motorcycles for the sixth time this season. The course's long straightaways and high-speed corners are expected to create a fantastic and ferociously fast experience that will challenge both veterans and up-and-comers alike.

An obvious candidate to claim victory at Colonial Downs is Bryan Smith. Smith is the standalone winner on mile-long races in 2013 and his Kawasaki will surely put him in contention this weekend. A solid effort by the Flint, Mich. native will give him an opportunity to close in on current Grand National Championship points leader Brad Baker.

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Baker currently sits atop both the GNC Twins and Overall Championships thanks to a consistent 2013 season. The 20-year-old Eatonville, Wash. product has finished in the top five in all eight main events this year, an effort highlighted by four second-place finishes and a solitary victory. Baker's fourth- and third-place results at the Sacramento Mile and Indy Mile, respectively, are reasons to believe that he is on the cusp of claiming his first 2013 victory on a big track.

Although most of his success this year has come on a 250cc motorcycle, Winn, Mich.'s Henry Wiles will put his twin-cylinder machine to the test in Virginia. Wiles, who earned his ninth consecutive Peoria TT victory just two weeks ago, currently sits third in the overall Grand National Championship point standings.

Brandon Robinson is another competitor that will be riding the wave of momentum as he heads for the east coast this weekend. Robinson, from Oxford, Penn., put together his second-best performance of the season last weekend at the Indy Mile with a second-place result and the 23-year-old will surely be looking for a similar finish this Saturday.

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Round 9 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles season will take place at Colonial Downs in New Kent, Va. this Saturday, August 24, 2013, with practice and qualifying set to begin at 10:15 a.m. local time.

For more information: www.amaproracing.com