Texter Graduates To Grand National


GLADSTONE, Ore. — Up-and-coming Pro Flat Track racer Shayna Texter, the first female to win an AMA Pro Singles event, will graduate to the Grand National division, piloting Latus Motors Racing’s Castrol Triumph.

Texter posted two AMA Pro Singles main event victories, swept the two Basic twins main events at Springfield and finished fourth in the Pro Singles championship. In 2012, she won three AMA Pro Singles main events en route to finishing fifth in the championship. In 2011, Texter won the Pro Singles main event at Knoxville Raceway to become the first female to win an AMA Pro Singles main event.

“I always said that I would turn expert when the right time came with the right bike,” said Texter. “Testing the Triumph at the end of last season gave me great insight into how well the bike performs. That and the opportunity to work with someone like Joe Kopp made this an easy decision.”

Joe Kopp, former AMA Grand National Champion and 13th on the all-time Grand National win list, is team manager for the Latus Motors Racing Flat Track program. This year, along with his duties as team manager, Joe will join his protégé when he races at the Lima (Ohio) Half-Mile, the Virginia Mega Mile, and the season-ending Flat Track Finals at the L.A. County Fairplex.

“My main focus will be helping with Shayna’s effort,” said Kopp. “But I am looking forward to getting back in a race and having some fun dicing it up. It’s time to start training because I really want to run up front.”
Team owner George Latus feels that he has a pair of proven winners.

“Shayna has a lot of talent, a tremendous desire to win, and an incredible ability to communicate with her team,” Latus said. “Joe is still a very competitive guy and when he expressed interest in getting on the bike for a few rounds I told him that I thought it was a great idea and should be a lot of fun.”

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