Shayna Texter back on track at Flat Track Futures event

Editor General News

Shayna Texter attended the Flat Track Futures event at Travelers Rest Speedway on Saturday May 23rd. The event for Shayna started with a test on Thursday night. Justin received permission from our hotel to wash her race bikes in the parking lot before heading to the race track for what would be a very long day. (he cleaned up his mess after getting the bikes sparkling clean)

The Red Bull KTM Factory rig has onboard water and a pressure washer that make clean up much more convenient.

The Red Bull KTM Factory rig has onboard water and a pressure washer that make clean up much more convenient.

We arrived at the race track at about noon and created a safe environment for Shayna and crew. The Coronavirus has made us much more aware of the surroundings and we did our best under the direction of the race team to protect Shayna and Justin. While we typically welcome friends and family into the pit area at this event it was limited to team personnel and sponsors only.

Shayna’s paddock area was as secure as we could make it in a very busy pit area. #socialdistancing

Shayna’s paddock area was as secure as we could make it in a very busy pit area. #socialdistancing

The race track on Saturday was in great shape to start the day. The conditions were quite a bit different from the test on Thursday so any intel gained at that test would not help much but we were grateful to be back racing.

Travelers Rest race track on Saturday looked great to start the day

Travelers Rest race track on Saturday looked great to start the day

The Flat Track Futures event was a HUGE amateur event with full schedule of classes for the future stars as well as vet classes. The schedule was not conducive to very much testing or track time. We did our best to stay positive and to keep Shayna motivated as the hours clicked by without any track time.

The paddock was completely packed with Pro and Amateur teams

The paddock was completely packed with Pro and Amateur teams

Shayna did get on track at about dinner time. She was signed up to race the Open Pro event but ended up riding practice sessions with riders from other classes. (it was packed). Shayna was conservative but fast. This would be the first time in a long time that she was on track with people that she didn’t really know. Her lap times were consistently in the 19.8 or 19.9 area and would prove to be within .3 of the fastest 450 class riders.

Shayna would get on track for the first time on Saturday in the very late afternoon (early evening)

Shayna would get on track for the first time on Saturday in the very late afternoon (early evening)

This photo was taken before the first heat race was run in Shayna’s class….yes, that is 11:35 at night.

This photo was taken before the first heat race was run in Shayna’s class….yes, that is 11:35 at night.

Shayna’s races took place after midnight. As an “Open Pro” racer she would be racing against riders on the twins class bikes too. Shayna’s heat race also featured the Factory Indian “Wrecking crew”. Briar and Bronson Bauman were the fastest riders at this event so earning one of the two transfer spots wasn’t likely. Shayna got a great jump but was quickly passed by the twins riders, she ran similar laps as earlier in the day but did not advance from the heat race.

The Last chance qualifier took place at about 1:30AM. Shayna once again got a good jump off of the line but was not able to earn a spot into the main event. Shayna is never happy or satisfied when she doesn’t finish well but in this unique setting our goals were met…she was safe, she got some good testing in on Thursday and got to feel the excitement of racing and looks forward to the American Flat Track series starting in July.

This combined event with amateurs made for a very long day…it was also a reminder of how great that they have it in the AFT series. Shayna’s fiance’ and current AFT National Champion Briar Bauman won the Open Pro main event at about 2:30AM so at least the win stays in the family and in the same van for the long drive home.