Minnesota Mile is Here!

Flat Track Motorcycle Races

Shakopee, MN -- AMA Pro K&N; Filters Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-superstore.com makes it return to Canterbury Park Saturday, September 11. The 'Minnesota Mile', part of the AMA ProGrand National Series, will be held on Canterbury's one-mile dirt oval. Gates open at 11:00 am. Practice begins at 1:30 pm and Championship racing begins at 6:00.

It has been 13 years since the AMA Pro Racing has hosted flat track motorcycling racing in Minnesota on a mile track. The last such event, also at Canterbury Park, was in 1997.

The track, used primarily for horse racing, has been converted by AMA Pro Racing Operations Manager Steve Morehead. Speeds exceeding 120 mph are expected. The track cushion has been stripped away to the limestone base and several safety features, including air fences will be added. " Mile racing is the most spectacular form of motorcycle racing," says Morehead. "The changes we are making to the track surface will allow side by side racing with riders racing only inches apart. The action is unbelievable."

Last weekend the series was in Springfield, IL for the annual Mile race with Bryan Smith riding the Monster Energy Kawasaki taking the win. The margin of victory over 7-Time Grand National Champion Chris Carr riding a Harley-Davidson was 0.047 seconds. The top five finishers came across the finish line together separated by only a quarter of a second!

The Minnesota Mile is one of 19 national dates this year. Flat track racing on mile ovals is a rarity; Canterbury is one of just two such tracks west of the Mississippi. The oldest form of motorcycle racing, flat track racing has seen a surge in popularity over the last few years.

Ticket prices start at $20.00 for General Admission. Children under 5 are free, and 5- 12 are $10.00. VIP reserved seating is available for $35.00. General admission and reserved VIP tickets are available only at the Canterbury box office, or by calling 952.445.7224. General admission tickets can also be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Minnesota Mile is Here!