KTM announced it will contest the American Flat Track series with a factory effort in 2019 and introduced a two-rider lineup of Dan Bromley, the reigning 450cc Singles-class champion, and Shayna Texter, along with team manager Chris Fillmore, at Perris Raceway in Perris, California.

Bromley, who is 23 and hails from Warrington, Pennsylvania, began the 2018 season as a full-on privateer racing a fairly stock KTM, but gained support from the Austrian manufacturer as the series went on. Bromley was the first repeat winner in the Singles class last season and his consistency helped him win the title.

“It’s definitely amazing to be able to join the Red Bull KTM team,” Bromley said. “Last year I was pretty much a man in a van driving around with four motorcycles, so to be able to come here and ride these motorcycles is definitely amazing. To be honored with the chance to win and have the full backing from KTM is amazing. Last year, we had some good support from them. I started the season on practically a stock motorcycle and as the races went on, KTM kept getting more involved with me, helping me with more parts and more specialty things that I couldn’t get on my own. I had 13 podiums last year. Hopefully this year I can make that all 18 [races]. That’s definitely the goal, and hopefully [I can] defend my championship.”

Dan Bromley, Shayna Texter and Chris Fillmore
KTM will contest the American Flat Track Series with a factory-supported team in 2019. Dan Bromley (left) and Shayna Texter (right) comprise the two-rider team, while Chris Fillmore (middle) will serve as team manager.Cole Kirkpatrick

Completing the two-rider factory effort is Shayna Texter, who is 27 and is from Willow Street, Pennsylvania. Texter is the first female to win a national and is not only the most successful woman in the sport, but also the winningest rider in class history with 15 victories.

Bromley
Bromley is the reigning 450cc Singles champion.Cole Kirkpatrick

“It’s super cool to have Dan as my teammate,” Texter said. “Dan and I go a long way back. We’ve been racing each other since we were four years old. Being able to bring my team that I established last year onto Red Bull KTM is a huge honor. We’re putting together the missing pieces that are important to winning a championship like Dan did in the past. Having guys like Roger DeCoster, Ian Harrison, and Aldon Baker all in your corner; it’s a huge honor. It’s not an easy task, but we have all the pieces in line to go out and be a serious threat for the 2019 season.”

Dan Bromley
Bromley began the 2018 season as a full-on privateer racing a fairly stock KTM, but gained support from the Austrian manufacturer as the series went on. This year, he’ll have full factory support.Cole Kirkpatrick

Before the racers hit the track for a photo op, Fillmore spoke about the American Flat Track series and KTM’s interest in creating a factory flat-track team.

Shayna Texter
Completing the two-rider factory effort is Shayna Texter, who is 27 years old and is from Willow Street, Pennsylvania.Cole Kirkpatrick

“The American Flat Track series went through a restructuring a couple years back and were placed under the leadership of Michael Lock,” Fillmore explained. “Under this new leadership, they formed a new class structure and had a new vision for what flat track in America was going to look like. The natural progression of that was new manufacturers rolling into the series [and supporting it]. The attendance as well as the TV viewership has gone up, so there’s growth in the sport and in this series. Manufacturers have supported it more with contingency as well as AFT’s purse money. Naturally, purse money and contingency have brought new talent and new riders. Over the past year, KTM and myself have been paying attention and watching the flat-track races. We’ve also been working quite closely with Michael Lock and his AFT team. That’s why we feel the time is right for our motorsports brand, a company that is rich in our DNA in racing, to step into the sport of flat track. As we step into this sport, we are doing it with the full backing of our KTM global motorsports team, which is headed globally by Pit Beirer and in North America by Roger DeCoster and Ian Harrison.”

Shayna Texter
Texter is the first female to win a national and is not only the most successful woman in the sport, but also the winningest rider in class history with 15 victories.Cole Kirkpatrick
Bromley and Texter
Bromley and Texter’s first race of the season will be the Daytona TT, which takes place at Daytona International Speedway on March 14.Cole Kirkpatrick

Bromley and Texter’s first race of the season will be the Daytona TT on March 14.