Gallery: American Flat Track’s European Vacation
Andrea Wilson has established herself as one of the top photojouranlists in the United States. Whether a race was on dirt or asphalt she’s been there to cover and document it. During the course of the ongoing delays until racing can resume Racing Lowdown is excited to share some of Andrea’s work with this post looking at American Flat Track’s European Vacation in the winter of 2016!
Looking back at 2016, that was the year that proceeded lot of big changes for flat track in the U.S. Rebranded as American Flat Track in 2017, the sport spring boarded into an era of exponential growth with new OEMs, more factory rides and a TV package. The growth in the sport just wasn’t on this side of the pond, with MotoGP stars Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez helping make it cool with thing’s like Rossi’s Ranch and Superprestigio.
I’ve been covering flat track for a while here in the U.S. and have also been overseas covering MotoGP for many years, so for me, 2016 was an opportunity to see those two worlds collide and check out the Spanish flat track scene after the season finished up here that Fall.
Fresh off of the announcement of signing with Indian Motorcycle at the end of the season, Brad Baker packed his bags and headed to Spain to race and train leading up to that year’s Superprestigio. I got to tag along with the 2013 Grand National Champion and Ferran Cardus to capture photos that month. It could be a track right in town, like in Agramunt or out in the country side like Rancho Canudas or Marquez’ track in Rufea, and you never knew quite who would show up, MotoGP stars, Speedway stars or even someone from home, like Sammy Halbert.