The 2024 Progressive AFT schedule is getting even more exciting with news about the new Spirit of Sturgis TT event that will have competitors racing through the streets of Sturgis, South Dakota, as well as the addition of a new class to feature adventure bikes.
The Spirit of Sturgis TT, created in collaboration with Øuterkind and the City of Sturgis, will take place on Aug. 11, 2024 – the final Sunday of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Incredibly, the Spirit of Sturgis TT will be hosted on a 0.5-mile circuit that starts and ends at the Harley-Davidson Rally Point next to Main Street in Sturgis! It will feature a mix of street and dirt and will be free to the public.
In addition to this new event for Mission SuperTwins and Parts Unlimited Singles presented by KICKER classes, the Spirit of Sturgis TT will also debut the new AdventureTrackers class for production-based ADV bikes, leaning into the growing popularity of the ADV segment in motorcycling.
The Spirit of Sturgis TT will be an event not to be missed in the 2024 Progressive AFT season. Read the press release below for more information, and visit American Rider’s Sturgis and Competition pages for news and updates about the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and Progressive AFT racing.
Daytona Beach, FL (December 19, 2023) – AMA Pro Racing, in collaboration with Øuterkind and the City of Sturgis, is proud to announce a major new event on the 2024 Progressive American Flat Track schedule: the inaugural Spirit of Sturgis TT. This spectacle of motorcycle sport is scheduled for August 11, 2024, coinciding with the final Sunday of the 84th Annual City of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, continuing the city’s legacy of motorcycle racing that dates back to 1938.
“The history and the legacy of the City of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally started with racing,” said Mark Carstensen, mayor of the City of Sturgis. “To host this event, Sturgis is building the bridge to the future.”
The Spirit of Sturgis TT is a culmination of the collaborative effort to combine the rich heritage and tradition of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally with American Flat Track’s 70-plus years of national championship racing to create a modern-day racing spectacle for fans. This groundbreaking event, taking place in the vibrant heart of downtown Sturgis, will feature an innovative mix of street and dirt sections and will be free for the public to attend.
“The Spirit of Sturgis TT is not just a race; it’s a tribute to the enduring legacy of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, blending tradition with innovation,” said Gene Crouch, CEO of AMA Pro Racing. “Racing through the storied streets of Sturgis promises a spectacular new chapter in the city’s rich history in motorcycle racing, while offering an unparalleled experience for fans and competitors.”
“The inaugural Spirit of Sturgis TT race is an embodiment of our agency’s commitment to delivering an exceptional motorsports experience within the world’s most iconic motorcycle rally.” says Ben Keane, partner, Øuterkind. “We believe the race will not only captivate the hearts of enthusiasts during this rally but will carve its own legacy to attract new audiences while becoming a sought-after part of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for years to come.”
Building on the series’ history of hybrid courses, including past events like the Daytona TT and Atlanta Super TT, the Spirit of Sturgis TT is set to offer an unmatched racing experience. The unique setting of racing through the heart of the world-renowned Rally promises to deliver a memorable event for both participants and spectators.
For the first time, Progressive AFT’s Mission SuperTwins and Parts Unlimited Singles presented by KICKER classes will navigate a challenging course through Sturgis’ bustling streets. The 0.5-mile circuit will include legendary Main Street, and each race will start and finish at the iconic Harley-Davidson Rally Point.
In a significant expansion for Progressive AFT, the event will also feature the debut of the AFT AdventureTrackers class. This new category will introduce the latest production-based adventure bikes, providing the motorcycle industry with an opportunity to showcase the rapidly growing segment. The new class aligns with the City of Sturgis’ tradition of embracing the future of motorcycling and has sparked considerable interest among manufacturers, leading to rumors of high-profile entries for the event.
Full details of the AFT AdventureTrackers class will be announced in the near future, as will additional information regarding viewing options for the first annual Spirit of Sturgis TT.
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For more information on the City of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, visit the Sturgis Rally website.
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