Flat Track. Or is it Dirt Track? Or maybe even Short Track? Yes we agree, initially it might be a little confusing, but with some patience, hopefully it should become clearer after reading our notes below...
Flat Track Racing dates back over a hundred years. Arguably it's the oldest, longest-running, most traditional style motorcycle racing series. There are many existing websites on which, you can read the full history of Flat Track Racing, but perhaps a notable, seminal moment was in 1971, when the sport saw real growth as Bruce Brown’s motorcycle racing documentary “On Any Sunday”, brought Flat Track Racing to millions of people via the big screen. In many countries, it's also known as “Dirt Track Racing” which again has an American backround to the name
Short Track Racing is a term that also originated in the USA, initially to describe race tracks less than one mile (1.6 km) in length and it was often associated with fairgrounds and other similar venues. In the UK, the term Short Track was applied as most Flat Tack races are indeed held on short tracks, such as Speedway tracks or horse trotting tracks when they are in normal use!
Motorcycle racing champions and stars from many other disciplines now have a Flat Track Race Bike and with the powerful effect of Social Media and it's instant and powerful awareness, you can look forward to some big Flat Track Racing events that would have seemed impossible ten years ago. Here in the UK, the Maxxis Flat Track Nationals - The UK's Official Championship is run by the DTRA, which is an acronym for the Dirt Track Riders Association. Both the Maxxis Flat Track Nationals and the DTRA are directly supported by AAA Racing
The Motorcycle News Festival at Peterborough hosted the very first UK - v - USA Flat Track Transatlantic Trophy Event, which was very well received by the public and press alike. As well as many top Flat Track riders, the team members also included MotoGP 500cc World Champion Kevin Schwantz and 3 Times World Enduro Champion David Knight. A great day's racing that now occurs every year with the 'Texas Tornado' himself; Two Times World Superbike Champion Colin Edwards leading the USA team in 2016. Despite peaks and troughs in both popularity and public awareness over the past few years, Flat Track Racing is making a big comeback and the very popular Flat Track catchphrase; "Go Fast, Turn Left" is certainly on the rise...
You can read all the regular DTRA publications, simply by following this link: Online Flat Track Magazines
We have our own information about UK Flat Track Racing plus useful Flat Track Technical Guidance in relation to the different Flat Track Tyres that we sell, but away from AAA Racing, here's some links to the most popular starting points:
- Short Track UK
- Vintage Flat Trackers
- Super-Prestigio (Barcelona)
- AMA Pro Flat Track Championship