PHILPOT, Ky. – MotoAmerica star JD Beach will once again slide a steel shoe over his left boot when he returns to American Flat Track competition during the Atlanta Short Track on Saturday at Georgia’s Dixie Speedway.
The race will mark the second round of the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines championship.
Coming off a runner-up result at the DAYTONA TT last month, Beach hopes to improve his overall finish by one position and notch an AFT Twins Main Event win aboard the No. 95 G&G Racing/Rickdiculous/Team95/ Yamaha MT-07 flat tracker.
However, Beach knows it won’t be easy, as his competition knows Dixie Speedway well, while he’ll be making his first-ever visit to the hard-packed, three-eighths-mile dirt oval.
“At the last two AFT events I’ve done – Perris Raceway last October and the Daytona TT last month – none of my competition nor I had raced on either of those tracks before,” said Beach. “Going into Dixie Speedway is a bit of an unknown for me, though. The other riders competed there last year, and I didn’t, so I need to get up to speed quickly.
“I’m very excited to be put to the test at Dixie, and to challenge myself to dial the bike in and be race-ready in the 12 laps of practice we get. It’s going to be interesting, but I’m looking forward to trying to put my Yamaha MT-07 in the battle at the front.”
Last week, Beach participated in the MotoAmerica Dunlop Preseason Test at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., aboard the No. 95 Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6 Supersport machine.
Beach will be back aboard his Yamaha R6 again next weekend when he competes in the Supersport class during the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship season-opener, which takes place at Road Atlanta on April 13-15.