WRECKING CREW RIDERS AIM FOR WEST LIBERTY VICTORY FOR FOUR DIFFERENT REASONS Screamin' Eagle Riders Take on West Liberty for First Time MILWAUKEE (Aug. 2, 2007) --One AMA Flat Track Twins victory can mean so many things to different riders. As...
WRECKING CREW RIDERS AIM FOR WEST LIBERTY VICTORY FOR FOUR DIFFERENT REASONS
Screamin' Eagle Riders Take on West Liberty for First Time
MILWAUKEE (Aug. 2, 2007) --One AMA Flat Track Twins victory can mean so many things to different riders. As the Screamin' Eagle Wrecking Crew riders prepare to tackle West Liberty Raceway in West Liberty, Iowa this Saturday each rider is considering where one victory can take their team.
Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle factory rider Kenny Coolbeth is the defending AMA Flat Track Twins champion. He has earned four wins this season out of the first seven events and he just reclaimed the points lead. A win this weekend can pad his points total.
Blue Spring/Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson rider Jared Mees has claimed three wins this season and has held the points lead following all but two events this season. A win could put him back on top of the standings.
Pat Moroney's/Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson rider Bryan Smith is in fourth place and is trying to not only win his first race of the season, but he wants to jump into the top three of the standings.
Team Latus/Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson rider Joe Kopp has yet to win this season. The former AMA Grand National champion jumped from eighth place to fifth place last weekend and wants to battle Smith for the right to be in third place.
While they all may have good reasons for wanting to win, only one rider will come away with the victory. To make it even more fun, only Coolbeth has any time on the West Liberty track. He made a point to test at the facility recently, knowing that no one has raced at this location before.
"We wanted to get some time on the track because I have never been there before and we just want to do anything that can make the bike better," Coolbeth said. "I was surprised that more teams didn't show up because I think being there even for a small amount of time is going to give us an advantage.
"We just want to stay at or near the top of the point standings. Jared and his team are clicking right now and they are really on the ball. And there are still a handful of other teams and riders than can win at any time. We just have to keep doing what we've been doing and hope it works to our advantage."
Mees took over the point standings following his win at Bulls Gap, Tenn., the second week of the season. The 21-year-old had three career wins coming into this season and has already matched that in half a season's worth of races this year.
"A win can change it all," Mees said. "I'm going with the attitude that I can win and have fun. I hear the track is a slick, rougher surface type of track but you can't adjust your setup to what you've heard about a track. I'm not sure what to expect but my team will be ready to make all the adjustments necessary to give me a competitive motorcycle."
Smith's last victory was the 2006 fall race at Springfield, Ill., and he's anxious to break up the Coolbeth and Mees show that has been going on at the end of every race this season.
"We need a win for this Blue Springs/Doc's Harley team," Smith said. "I'm not happy with second and third anymore, especially when it's my teammates winning every weekend. Jared and Kenny have had their fair share of wins this season and now it's time to get one for our team."
Kopp likes knowing that he is going to a track that is new to most of the riders. It's just the kind of challenge that makes him a better rider.
"I really like going to a new track especially knowing it's a clay track," Kopp said. "We're going to go there and take a wild stab at the setup and see what happens. For some reason our team sets the bike up especially well for new tracks and it seems like we do well right from the start. Hopefully that will be the case this time too.
"Our goal is to get in the middle of the points battle for third place. We know that we're capable of getting back on the podium so we are aiming for that. If we can win that would be great but right now we just need to be consistent and keep moving up the point standings."