X Games Harley-Davidson Flat Track Athlete Spotlight - Brad Baker

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 the sport of flat track’s brightest stars, Brad Baker won the Grand National Championship in 2013 at just 20 years old.

Following his title, he landed the coveted Factory Harley-Davidson ride and saw his star rise even higher when he went to Barcelona, Spain, and beat road racing superstar Marc Marquez in the Superprestigio flat track exhibition race. Carrying the flag for the iconic brand, nothing would mean more to Baker than winning the first ever X Games Harley-Davidson Flat Track competition.

Baker’s 2014 season was hampered by an off-season arm injury, but the Washington native steadily improved and eventually scored a victory in the Calistoga Half-Mile. He finished in the top 10 in the final 10 races of the year.

As versatile of a rider as there is on the AMA Pro Flat Track circuit, Baker is a threat to win at every stop, from the Short Track at DAYTONA Flat Track to the high-speed Miles. Expect the No. 6 Harley-Davidson, piloted by Baker to be challenging for the podium at Circuit of the Americas, and don’t be surprised if he walks away from Austin with a gold medal.

Name: Brad Baker

Home: Eatonville, Wash.

Age: 22

Ride: No. 6 Factory Harley-Davidson XR-750

In their words: “My goal for X Games Flat Track is pretty simple, to win the gold medal for myself and the Harley-Davidson Motor Company!”