Harley Tabs Gauthier & Vanderkooi For Flat Track Effort

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Jarod Vanderkooi (pictured) and Dalton Gauthier will lead the Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track team in 2020. (AFT/Scott Hunter Photo)
Jarod Vanderkooi (pictured) and Dalton Gauthier will lead the Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track team in 2020. (AFT/Scott Hunter Photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track team has announced its SuperTwins rider roster for the upcoming American Flat Track season.

Reigning AFT Singles champion Dalton Gauthier will join veteran Jarod Vanderkooi as the riders for the newly-strengthened factory effort.

Additionally, the formidable team of Ricky Howerton and former AFT Twins champion Bryan Smith will also be backed by Harley-Davidson and Vance & Hines in 2020.

Flat track fans are familiar with the championship-winning duo of Howerton and Smith. This battle-tested team aims to use its developmental prowess to bring the orange and black to the front in 2020. Howerton will be charged with the tuning, set-up and technical refinement of the XG750R.

Despite his hiatus from the sport in 2018, Gauthier quickly became the man to beat in the 2019 AFT Singles championship hunt. The diversely talented athlete further displayed his versatility as he joined the Black Hills Harley-Davidson AFT Production Twins effort and later lead it to victory at the Springfield Mile in August.

“2020 is shaping up to be a banner year for our sport,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “Harley-Davidson’s and Vance & Hines’s boosted commitment to the series and their support for both the inaugural AFT SuperTwins season promises to ratchet up excitement over the coming months.”