Troy Bayliss injured at Sacramento Mile

X-rays confirm fracture and Troy Bayliss flying home today for surgery

Troy Bayliss was running his second of five scheduled AMA Pro Flat Track events at the Sacramento Mile on the weekend, and showed improvement throughout the day.

However, in his semi-final, he was involved in an on-track incident and was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation and x-rays to find out the extent of his injuries.

Troy Bayliss injured at Sacramento Mile
Troy Bayliss injured at Sacramento Mile

On social media Bayliss posted a photo of his lower limbs with this comment, “Well this was not in the plan , not sure what it is but foot was pointing wrong way, grabbed in air fence.”

Troy Bayliss injured at Sacramento Mile
Troy Bayliss injured at Sacramento Mile

X-rays confirmed a fracture and Bayliss will fly home to Australia and have surgery, or ‘weld it up’, as he referred to it.

Troy Bayliss ankle injury Sacramento Mile 2015
Troy Bayliss ankle injury Sacramento Mile 2015

The injury will put Bayliss in doubt for the upcoming Australian Supermoto Championships at Newcastle.

Bryan Smith remains king in California, earns  fifth-straight Sacramento Mile victory

A handful of super-fast challengers and a second-row start would prove to be no problem for Bryan Smith in Saturday night’s Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines main event. The rider of the No. 42 Crosley Radio Kawasaki made a last-moment draft pass to win his fifth-consecutive Sacramento Mile in show-stopping fashion in the 50th running of the iconic race.

Smith’s .02-second win is easily one of the most dramatic victories of his career, as it took until the final few feet on the race’s 25th and final lap to overtake Brandon Robinson.

“It was a scrap,” said Smith speaking about the final five laps of the race. “I wanted it to be just a one-on-one race with Jared (Mees) and I, but there were two other guys that wanted to race with us too, in Brad (Baker) and the No. 44 Brandon (Robinson). The guys made me work for it. I didn’t know coming to the checkered flag if I could get Brandon or not. His bike was really strong, but luckily I just squeaked by at the end.”

Smith has two wins in his last two races, both coming on Mile tracks, and now sits fifth in the point standings. Each of Smith’s five straight Sacramento Mile wins have been by less than a tenth of a second.

“They’ve all been hard in their own way,” said Smith. “Last year, I had to work for it and this year it was even a tougher scrap. It makes it worth it more, I guess. I have to say, with five laps to go, I didn’t know if I was going to be able to pull it off. I just dug down and thought to myself how everyone was watching so I guess I’d better go for it.”

Robinson, riding the No. 44 Latus Motors Triumph, was spectacular on Saturday, and even though he wasn’t able to survive Smith’s last-second charge, he was pleased with a second place finish one week after finishing 17th at Springfield. Midway through the main, Robinson was among the riders trading the lead before running high in one corner and being shifted back in the field. He fought his way back to the front and even fended off a pass attempt from Smith entering turn three on the final lap, but he just couldn’t keep a wheel in front at the line.

Robinson now sits third in the point standings after four rounds.

Piloting the No. 1 Las Vegas Harley-Davidson machine, Mees finished third and closed out the podium. Mees was in the mix all night and even held the lead for several laps.

The defending champion continues to show the consistency that led to his title in 2014 and now sits second in points. Mees has earned three podium appearances in the first four races of the year and looks poised for another championship run.

Baker, aboard the No. 6 Factory Harley-Davidson, and Kenny Coolbeth Jr., riding the No. 2 Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson, finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Mikey Martin, riding the No. 91 Weirbach Racing Kawasaki was the early hero on Saturday night, as he won his heat, earned the Dash for Cash victory and sat on the pole for the main event. In the main however, he led the first lap but wasn’t able to hold his stride and settled for 10th.

The Sacramento Mile was the final AMA Pro Flat Track event prior to motorcycle dirt track racing’s debut in the X Games. The Harley-Davidson Flat-Track will kick off the action sports showcase at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on Thursday, June 4.

Bryan Smith remains king in California, earns  fifth-straight Sacramento Mile victory
Bryan Smith remains king in California, earns fifth-straight Sacramento Mile victory

In a wild GNC2 main event, Nick Armstrong came away with his first career AMA Pro Flat Track victory, and it came in his home state of California. Riding the No. 44E Southland Racing Honda, Armstrong was neck-and-neck with Tristan Avery on the race’s final lap, but managed to put his wheel in front of the rookie for the win. By taking the checkered flag, Armstrong catapulted himself to first in the GNC2 point standings after four rounds.

“It’s huge to come away with the Sacramento Mile win,” said Armstrong. “This is kind of a home race for me and I have a lot of friends and family here, so to come away with this win is awesome.”

Avery, riding the No. 16S Ron Ayers Motorsports Honda, recorded the best finish of his young professional career, and with the runner-up performance, now sits 15th in the standings.

Rounding out the podium with an impressive third place finish was Indiana’s Brandon Wilhelm aboard the No. 24J Mike Butler Racing Honda. Wilhelm has now recorded three-consecutive top-five finishes to start the 2015 GNC2 season and sits second in points behind Armstrong.

Jamison Minor, riding the No. 27U Roy Built Honda and Kolby Carlile, aboard the No. 36B K.C. Cycle Helmet World Kawasaki, finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

It was a rough finish to the night for Davis Fisher, who crashed while leading the main event after nine laps. The No. 67M Parkinson Brothers Racing rider held the points lead entering Sacramento, but his 17th place finish puts him back to third in the championship hunt.

Next up, the stars of AMA Pro Flat Track will visit Hagerstown, Md., for the Hagerstown Half-Mile on June 20 at Hagerstown Speedway.

Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Top 5 finishers

1. Bryan Smith, Kawasaki

2. Brandon Robinson, Triumph

3. Jared Mees, Harley-Davidson

4. Brad Baker, Harley-Davidson

5. Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines Point Standings (After Round 4)

1. Kenny Coolbeth Jr., 67

2. Jared Mees, 62

3. Brandon Robinson, 56

4. Sammy Halbert, 55

5. Bryan Smith, 52

GNC2 Top 5 finishers

1. Nick Armstrong, Honda

2. Tristan Avery, Honda

3. Brandon Wilhelm, Honda

4. Jamison Minor, Honda

5. Kolby Carlile, Kawasaki

GNC2 Point Standings (After Round 4)

1. Nick Armstrong, 56

2. Brandon Wilhelm, 55

3. Davis Fisher, 52

4. Jamison Minor, 48

5. Andrew Luker, 46