2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles Championship-winning team Weirbach Racing announced last week that they would be partnering with former 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track Saddlemen Rookie of the Year Jake Shoemaker for the upcoming 2017 American Flat Track Series (formerly AMA Pro Flat Track.)
The Ottumwa, Iowa-based team will see another rider change in their operation after having Briar Bauman on their Kawasaki mounts during the 2016 season, and Shoemaker having ridden for the Bonneville Performance Triumph team the last couple of years. With Shoemaker's experience on Kawasakis and the Weirbach's coming into their third full season with a Kawasaki-based team both should see improved results once the season hits full stride in late spring of 2017.
In the shot above, team co-owners Ted and Richard Weirbach ready their Weirbach Racing/Racing Unlimited/Kawasaki/Barnett-sponsored Kawasaki EX650 for rider Briar Bauman #14 prior to the start of the 25-lap National main round of the 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Series at the Springfield Mile I on May 29.
Hopefully for both the Weirbach Racing team and newly-acquired rider Shoemaker this new pairing announced last week will prove to be the fit that works for all in the upcoming season. We're looking forward to seeing them jive as the season approaches in 2017.
Check out the press release below thanks to Weirbach Racing, and we wish the best of luck to Richard, Ted and Jake in the season ahead. Go get 'em guys!
Jake Shoemaker to pilot Weirbach Racing Kawasaki’s in 2017
For Immediate Release:
December 2, 2016 -- Ottumwa, Iowa– Weirbach Racing is pleased to announce the sponsorship support of Jake Shoemaker, National #55, for the upcoming 2017 American Flat Track Twins series.
About Weirbach Racing-
Weirbach Racing is run, owned and operated by Ted Weirbach and his father Dick Weirbach. Dick is a veteran of the flat track scene for better than 35 years. He ran as a novice in the late '60’s and owned a Bultaco motorcycle shop for eight years. Weirbach Racing was founded in 2000. In 2009, the inaugural year of the AMA Pro Singles Championship, Weirbach Racing’s James “the Rocket” Rispoli took second-place overall and in 2011 Mikey Martin won the Pro Singles Championship. Other notables to ride for Dick & Ted are Briar Bauman, Henry Wiles, Sammy Halbert, Aaron King, Jesse Janisch, Davey Durelle and Rob Pearson.