Around the world, the Peoria TT has become a bucket list item. And it returns on August 13 as the longest running-event in the championship’s history. Dating back to 1947, the Peoria TT at the Peoria Motorcycle Club boasts some of the most exciting and unpredictable action of the season. Fans pack the hillsides that surround the .6-mile, six-turn track, trying to get the best view possible of the famous jump on the back half of the track.
Lately, one man has owned Peoria in the GNC1 class (now AFT Twins) – Henry Wiles – and last year was no exception. Wiles took the checkered flag for a record 12th-straight time. The 2017 edition will mark the first time anyone has raced a twin on a TT in Grand National Championship competition in over 20 years, but Wiles will be gunning for win number 13 to tie Chris Carr’s all-time win record at Peoria.
While Wiles was making records, GNC2’s (now AFT Singles) Hayden Gillim was scoring his own; his first professional American Flat Track win.