When the AMA Flat Track stars of today compete at the spring Springfield Mile, May 26 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, they will be joined by the stars of the past, taking part in the “Ride of Legends“.
Hosted by the Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association and Ride Academy, a riding school founded by multiple Grand National race winner Mike Hacker, the “Ride of Legends” exhibition race will feature several other past Grand National event winners racing each other on Honda dirt bikes.
Joining Hacker will be Jay Springsteen, Joe Kopp, Rich King, Ronnie Jones, Steve Beattie, Steve Moorehead and Chris Carr. The race will be held on a specially-designed quarter-mile short track located at the front stretch of the Springfield Mile. The legends will compete in two six-lap heat races and one 12-lap main event.
“The Springfield Mile is really shaping up to be another spectacular event and this is just one of the many projects that the IMDA has in the works,” says Dan Johnsen, director of AMA Pro Flat Track. “The history of this sport is what makes it so great, and we know that our fans will appreciate this opportunity to see their favorite legends back on the track.”
Ride Academy will also hold instructional classes May 22-23 at the Fairgrounds in advance of the Springfield Mile weekend.
[Source: AMA Pro Racing]