It was announced this week that Harley Davidson will no longer field factory teams in American Flat Track and Drag Racing.
The announcement ends a two-decade relationship between Harley and Vance & Hines, that saw the duo revolutionize the once four-cylinder-dominated Pro Stock Motorcycle class. Aboard Vance & Hines built Harley Davidson Pro Stockers Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec won a combined 10 championship titles.
Harley-Davidson says it will now be backing racers via dealer supported programs to grow its racer base.
“We thank Harley-Davidson for being a partner with Vance & Hines for 20 years. Together, in AFT and NHRA, we have celebrated 116 wins and 11 championships,” said Vance & Hines founder Terry Vance. “Harley-Davidson has been one of the best partners we’ve ever had.”
Three-time NHRA champion Angelle Samepy, who joined the team last year, announced on social media that she now does not have a ride for the 2021 season.
In a press release Harley said, “Harley-Davidson is harkening back to the foundations of the company’s competitive spirit by refocusing on building within the brand and celebrating the heritage of grassroots flat track racing by offering support to its entire dealer network through the development of contingency programs.
“Harley-Davidson’s heritage is rich with racing lore and legacy, and throughout our brand’s history, Harley-Davidson dealers have been the cornerstone of our racing programs,” said Jon Bekefy, general manager of Brand Marketing. “We are excited to continue to support the XG750R racing motorcycle and NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle efforts through our dealers.”
“In a return to the foundations of Harley-Davidson’s racing efforts, the company will refocus efforts by offering support dealer racing programs in 2021, including the development of contingency programs for AFT. To kick-off, Harley-Davidson is already committed to supporting Latus Motors Harley-Davidson as they campaign their XG750R in the AFT SuperTwins series.”
The news leaves Indian Motorcycle as the only factory-backed team in American Flat Track SuperTwins competition, with no factory-backed teams now competing in NHRA.
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