Courtesy of AMA Pro Racing
Note: AMA Pro Racing will be highlighting all 24 of the athletes racing in X Games Harley-Davidson Flat Track, which will take place Thursday, June 4 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and be shown live on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. ET, 5:30 p.m. PT.
One of two athletes invited to race in X Games Harley-Davidson Flat Track with previous experience in the action sports showcase, Stevie Bonsey should have high hopes for the event.
The Californian raced in 2009 in Supermoto. He received an invite, but wasn’t really experienced in that discipline. Although he did have an international stint as a road racer, Bonsey is at home in flat track, and he’s expected to be a front runner when he competes this time around on June 4.
Bonsey owns three AMA Pro Flat Track victories in the elite Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines class, the most recent coming on the Short Track at DAYTONA Flat Track in March.
Bonsey was having a strong season in 2014, but he crashed in the penultimate race, the Calistoga Half-Mile, and missed the finale in Pomona, Calif. Those were the only two main events in which he didn’t race. He was forced to settle for ninth overall in points, but boasted 10 top 10s and three top fives.
With wins on Short Tracks and Half-Miles in AMA Pro Flat Track competition, there’s no reason to believe Bonsey won’t have his No. 80 Harley-Davidson up to speed quickly on the 3/8-mile track built for the X Games at Circuit of the Americas.
Johnny Lewis is the only other X Games Harley-Davidson Flat Track athlete who has competed in the X Games before. Lewis also raced Supermoto.
Name: Stevie Bonsey
Home: Salinas, Calif.
Ride: No. 80 Dodge Brothers Racing Harley-Davidson XR-750
In their words: “The X Games are huge. It’s pretty much the biggest thing you can really do. It means you’re at the top of your sport to get invited.”