Photos courtesy Royal Enfield

It’s a done deal. Hot on the heels of announcing it had become an official OEM sponsor of American Flat Track, Royal Enfield has pushed all its chips into the flat track pot and is going racing. The company just announced it has partnered with AFT veteran Johnny Lewis and his team Moto Anatomy for 2020. Lewis will race the Royal Enfield FT, a bike built by Harris Performance, in the Production Twins class at select AFT rounds.

According to Royal Enfield, “Lewis will debut the concept Twins FT, first revealed at the 2019 EICMA Show, at the Daytona TT on March 14, 2020, as a part of the media team. Lewis will then compete with the motorcycle for the first time at the Laconia short track event on June 13 and will run all AFT short track events for the remainder of the season in the Production Twins class. The Royal Enfield FT will also run the Sturgis Buffalo Chip TT and Peoria TT as a wildcard entry in the Super Twins class.”

Royal Enfield sought out the services of S&S Cycle for its flat tracker's exhaust. 

There’s no better test than trial by fire and the American TT rounds listed will undoubtedly test the limits of the Royal Enfield flat tracker. But the company has smartly assembled a savvy team to develop the bike, starting with Harris Performance. The British company has been building world class chassis and racing components for nigh on 40 years, competing in everything from BSB to Grand Prix to World Superbike. Bringing on S&S Cycle, another company that not only knows how to go fast but has a deep history in American flat track racing, is another smart choice. And Johnny Lewis’ flat track skills are undeniable.

Thanks to our Is Royal Enfield Entering American Flat Track article we know that The Royal Enfield FT has “an old school brazed steel tube frame by performance maestros at Harris Performance.” The engine is the 650 Parallel Twin that powers the INT650 and Continental GT 650, albeit with a big bore kit and custom pipes from S&S Cycle (maker of the exhaust on the AFT championship-winning Indian FTR750). Its featherweight carbon fiber bodywork was made by the Royal Enfield Industrial Design Team, UK. Count us among those who can’t wait to see this thing on the track.

The engine of the Royal Enfiled FT is a 650 Parallel Twin with an S&S big bore kit. 

“I'm excited to lead the development of the Royal Enfield Flat Track Twin program in 2020,” said Moto Anatomy owner and AFT racer, Johnny Lewis, in the press announcement. “Being involved at such an early stage in a brand’s racing efforts has been a fantastic opportunity. While our focus is on development, there is great potential in the platform and it’s encouraging to see a manufacturer with as much history as Royal Enfield entering AFT. It’s also great to see Royal Enfield helping grow the sport of motorcycling in North America with its new rider initiatives.”

The relationship with Lewis and Moto Anatomy runs deeper than that. Royal Enfield says “Moto Anatomy will also use the Royal Enfield FT411, a modified variation of the Royal Enfield Himalayan set up exclusively for flat track use, as part of Royal Enfield Slide School Presented by Moto Anatomy. This flat track riding clinic will be available to the public at select events during 2020, giving riders the opportunity to learn the basics of flat track in a controlled environment.”

Bring your helmet to the track, boys and girls, ‘cuz school is in session.

Brembo to the rescue when time comes for Lewis to scrub some speed off the Royal Enfield flat tracker.

“This racing effort is unprecedented in Royal Enfield’s North American history,” said Breeann Poland, Marketing Lead – Americas. “Johnny Lewis is a legitimate contender anytime he’s on the track and we couldn’t have picked a better partner in his organization, Moto Anatomy. Flat track continues to garner attention from both a professional and grassroots level and we feel strongly about our extended partnership with AFT and now Moto Anatomy. We are thrilled to bring the Royal Enfield brand to more enthusiasts and this is a great opportunity to do that on a major scale.”

To learn more about Moto Anatomy and its AFT efforts, visit www.moto-anatomy.com and to watch the Royal Enfield FT in action check your local listings for NBCSN and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold , the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track. The complete schedule for AFT on NBCSN can be viewed at http://www.americanflattrack.com/events-nbcsn/