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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