Spain’s inaugural national flat-track series, the Copa RFME de Flat Track, will offer its top riders more than a national title.
The RFME have officially brought flat track racing to Spain with the introduction of a new flat track series within Spain. Run over seven rounds, the series closely mirrors the regulations of the American flat track series and aims to continue to raise the profile of sport in Spain. 450cc single-cylinder machines will be run as the premier class of the series.
At the invitation of AMA Pro Racing, organizers of the world’s most prestigious flat-track series, the premier Pro class champion will be flown next March to Daytona Beach, Florida, to take part in the opening round of the 2017 AMA Pro Flat Track championship at Daytona International Speedway.
The agreement reached on May 25 between AMA Pro Racing and On Track Motorsport, promoters of the new Spanish series, includes airfare and all basic expenses, plus assistance in fielding a race-ready, single-cylinder 450cc race bike.
Additionally, champions and runners-up in each of the Rookies and the Masters categories of the Spanish series will be invited to compete in two internationally known short-track events:
Champion and runner-up in the Rookie class will compete in the Superprestigio of Barcelona at the Palau Sant Jordi, a race won last year by 2013 AMA Pro Grand National Champion Brad Baker by the narrowest of margins over four-time Grand Prix World Champion Marc Marquez.
Champion and runner-up in the Masters class for veteran riders will enjoy the experience of competing in the “100 Kilometers of the Ranch” in Tavullia, Italy, a race won in 2015 by the track owner, nine-time Grand Prix World Champion Valentino Rossi, and his brother, Luca Marini.
On Track Motorsport CEO Iana Petrova believes these opportunities “will not only reward but also motivate Spanish riders who hope to eventually earn a place among the elite in this traditional and exciting discipline.”
The opening round of the RFME Flat Track Cup will be held on July 9 and 10 at the Ricardo Tormo Grand Prix circuit. The flat-track oval is in the construction phase and is an exact replica of the famous Lodi Cyclebowl in Central California.