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Cycle News 2013 Issue 18 May 7

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VOL. 50 ISSUE 18 MAY 7, 2013 P29 WILES ON HARLEY FOR STOCKTON G rand National Flat Tracker Henry Wiles will ride a Harley-Davidson XR750 at the Stockton Half Mile this weekend with the Lloyd Brothers Motorsports team planning on running the Harley and the team's Ducatis throughout the season, picking the bike that works best at the track they're headed to. "We haven't given up our mission of building brand diversity in pro flat track," said team coowner David Lloyd, who has been campaigning Ducatis for the past seven years. "With one win, three second places and a multitude of top-five finishes to our credit, we have helped to broaden the appeal of the series to fans and competitors. I also think that we have helped to inspire others to develop flat track motorcycles around more affordable engines. In addition to the Harley-Davidson factory team, we now have teams in the paddock with support from Triumph, KTM and Kawasaki." At this point, the choice is based at least partly on finances. "Racing the Harley at some of Henry Wiles and his new Harley-Davidson XR750. the races this season is simply a matter of economics," Wiles said. "Harley-Davidson supports the series and offers a generous performance contingency at each event. Thanks to Terry and Nancy Otton of Ramspur Winery, I now have a brand-new XR750 with which to earn contingency money at tracks that favor the XR powerband. I guess the positive side of not having a team OEM sponsor is that we have the freedom to use whichever bike we think will work best at different tracks." LOWES, BYRNE SPLIT BSB WINS A lex Lowes celebrated his first win of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship season on Monday, May 6 at Oulton Park, the Samsung Honda rider following that up with a third-place finish in race two to take over the championship points lead from Shane Byrne. Byrne, the defending series champion, won the second race after crashing out of race one. Lowes led the first race from pole position with Byrne on full attack mode until crashing out of the race on his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki. From there Lowes was able to take the victory over Milwaukee Yamaha's James Ellison and Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes. "I'm overjoyed to win here at a circuit where I have struggled in the past and, my twin brother continued on page 30

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