JD takes top ten finish in AFT Twins at the Black Hills Half Mile

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In spite of challenges, Estenson Racing’s JD Beach and Jake Johnson ended Tuesday night at the Black Hills Half-Mile with top-10 finishes. Roger Hayden crossed the line 12th, while Twins Rookie Kolby Carlile scored valuable points in the AFT Production Twins class with a 7th-place result.

Slick, clay Half-Miles have been the team’s Achilles’ heel all season long with their all-new flat track machine. The team continues to put in the hours to overcome these challenges, so although anything short of a win is disappointing, progress was made with all four riders making the Main Event.

JD Beach, fresh off his win Sunday night at the Buffalo Chip TT, got a good start behind his teammate Johnson and moved his way up a couple positions into 13th. After the restart, the road racer/flat tracker made more forward progress and ultimately crossed the line in ninth. Two-time Grand National Champion Johnson was right behind him to round out the top 10.

The Estenson Racing squad now heads west for the third American Flat Track race in six days, the legendary Sacramento Mile, Saturday, August 10, at the Cal Expo.

JD Beach — AFT Twins #95:
“It was a tough day. We tried some new stuff with the bike and haven’t really made too much headway with it, but we’re figuring out stuff that doesn’t work, at least. It sucks because the whole team is working so hard. We’re not making the gains that we had hoped for, but we’ll keep trying. To come home with a top 10 is good, but we definitely want more. So we’ll just keep pushing.”