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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

American Flat Track

Mees Dominates Demanding Indian Motorcycle Red Mile

Grand National Champion Jared Mees took the win in Round 8 of the 2018 American Flat track Twins presented by Vance & Hines (Lexington, Ky., June 2nd - the Indian Motorcycle Red Mile presented by Indian Motorcycle of Lexington) on the No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing SDI Scout FTR750.

Photo Credit: Scott Hunter/American Flat Track

Teammates Bryan Smith (No. 4 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) and Brad Baker (Indian Motorcycle backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) were second and third to complete the first podium sweep for the Indian factory backed ‘Wrecking Crew’ this season.
Henry Wiles (FTR750) was fourth with last year’s Red Mile runner-up Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R) earning his best result since joining the works Harley team in fifth ahead of Chad Cose (No. 49 Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City Scout FTR750) in sixth.

Halbert’s teammate Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R) took seventh. Springfield Mile I winner Jeffrey Carver Jr. (No. 23 Roof-Systems/Indian of Metro Milwaukee Scout FTR750), newly-Indian mounted Jake Johnson (No. 5 Estenson Racing Indian Scout FTR750), and Kenny Coolbeth Jr. (No. 2 Nila Racing, Columbia Avionics Indian Scout FTR750) took eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.
Still a race short of the season’s midway point, Mees now leads the championship by more than two full races -  170 points to Wiles’ 116; Baker is third on 101 points.
Reigning AFT Singles champion Kolby Carlile (No. 1 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) out-dueled last year’s Red Mile dominator, Kevin Stollings (No. 99 Roof Systems Honda CRF450R), and the class’ all-time winningest rider, Shayna Texter (No. 52 ST52 JCS Racing Husqvarna FC 450), to claim victory in an AFT Singles Classic.
After going winless during last year’s title-winning season, Carlile now boasts two victories already in 2018.
Next up is Oklahoma City on June 16 for the OKC Mile Presented By Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City, where the AFT Twins competitors will complete their run of five consecutive Miles before heading to Ohio for The Lima Half Mile two weeks later and upstate New York a week later for the Weedsport Short Track.