- September 18, 2021
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by: Landon Wexler
LEEDS, Ala. (WIAT) — It’s race weekend in Leeds.
The MotoAmerica motorcycle racing tour will be held this weekend from Friday to Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park.
Superbikes will take the Barber Motorsports Track and will be reaching speeds of 170 miles per hour.
The sport itself is extreme, requiring riders to drag their knees and elbows on the ground when making their many sharp turns.
“We’re dragging our elbows on the ground,” rider Max Flinders said. “If you can imagine the angle we need to get to get that elbow on the ground is insane.”
To make the sport even wilder, riders only feet, if not inches away from each other.
“We’re doing that elbow to elbow with the next guy,” Flinders said. “I once got a skid mark on my head because we were racing so closely.”
Flinders said while a skid-marked forehead isn’t the goal, that sort of neck-and-neck competition is what the sport is all about.
Spectators are welcome to come watch their favorite riders at Barber Motorsports Park. Flinders said fans who come to see him are welcome to come say hello, get an autograph and take a seat on his “yellow banana,” he calls it, of a superbike.
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Friday marked Hunger Action Day, where many Alabama organizations worked to raise awareness of local food insecurity.
Hunger is an issue that impacts families all across America. It hits close to home. In Central Alabama, one in six adults and one in four children don’t have quality access to food.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WKRG) — On Friday, My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell visited Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill at his office in Montgomery.
Lindell stated his appreciation for Alabama’s safest election procedures, but he “still has some questions he would like to have answered,” according to the press release statement made by Merrill.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A capital murder case involving the death of a Birmingham man nearly two years ago has been dismissed following one of the suspects’ deaths, as well as prosecutors and investigators failing to locate two key witnesses.
On Tuesday, Deputy District Attorney Jessica Hebson filed a motion to dismiss the case without prejudice against Juanderius Woods, 21, who was previously charged with capital murder in the death of Tyrese Morrow, 26, on January 31, 2020. Jehudijah Davis was also charged with capital murder in Morrow’s death, but was found shot to death in a car along Gadsden Street on October 29, 2020.