The ‘original extreme sport on two wheels’ spins back to Maine after two decades away

After a 20-year absence, flat track motorcycle racing roared back into Maine on Saturday around a dirt track in Farmington. Organized by the Franklin County chapter of the United Bikers of Maine, the event drew racers from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Quebec and California.

In a nod to the sport’s origins, the competition was held on the horse racing track at the Farmington Fairgrounds. Motorcycle racing got its start more than 100 years ago at similar tracks around the country with local riders challenging each other for trophies and bragging rights.

Flat track racing is done with smooth-tired motorcycles lacking front brakes. Instead of easing off the throttle in the turns, riders guide their bikes — tires spinning — in a sideways drift around the corners. Then they go for broke down the straightaways. Saturday’s races in Farmington saw estimated speeds up around 80-90 mph.

The last time Maine saw flat track racing was in 1999 at Bass Park in Bangor. Racers and organizers on Saturday said they hoped to race again in Farmington sometime later this year.


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Shawn Ford (98) of Repentigny, Quebec leads Dick Mitchell (65) of jeffersonville, Vermont around turn three during a flat track motorcycle race in Farmington, Maine on Saturday. (Photo by Troy R. Bennett)
Jim Myrick of Auburn, Maine takes the checkered flag in the first featured race in Farmington on Saturday. (Photo by Troy R. Bennett)
Flat track motorcycle racer Anthony Leary of Winchendon, Massachusetts has a cup of coffee before competing on Saturday. (Photo by Troy R. Bennett)
Harlan Hildebrand of New Hampshire (52) roars around the track in Farmington on Saturday. (Photo by Troy R. Bennett)
Shawn ford (right) of Repentigny, Quebec works on his bike priory to race time at the flat track motorcycle races in Farmington, Maine on Saturday. (Photo by Troy R. Bennett)
Flat track racers from all over New England as well as California and Quebec, Canada competed in Farmington, Maine on Saturday. (Photo by Troy R. Bennett)
Spectators watch Jim Myrick of Auburn, Maine head for turn four in Farmington on Saturday. (Photo by Troy R. Bennett)


2 responses to “The ‘original extreme sport on two wheels’ spins back to Maine after two decades away”

  1. Rick Reed says:

    Had a great time and met some great people!!
    Thanks United Bikers of Maine for having the race and allowing me to have Maine as another state I’ve race in!
    Rick Reed 59y

  2. Troy says:

    Hope we see you back here again!

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