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Wednesday, 5 June 2019

AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines

Mees Beats Bauman by 0.056 Seconds at Lexington 'Red Mile'

Defending double AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines champion Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) remained the only rider to ever win an AFT Twins Main Event at the Indian Motorcycle of Lexington Red Mile (Lexington, Ky.) on June 2nd.

Photo: Scott Hunter/American Flat Track

Title leader Briar Bauman (No. 14 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) was second, losing out to Mees by a 0.056-second margin. Mees has now won eight of the last 12 Miles dating back to 2017’s Red Mile. While he couldn’t defeat his rival on this day, Bauman did extend his perfect run of podium results in 2019.
AFT Twins’ resident ‘Mile Master’ Bryan Smith (No. 4 Crosley Brands/Howerton Motorsports Kawasaki Ninja 650) finished third; Stephen Vanderkuur (No. 21 AMSOIL/Hodder Racing Indian FTR750) was fourth, with Henry Wiles (No. 17 Bandit Industries/DPC Racing/Wilco Racing Indian FTR750) fifth.

Bauman continues to dominate the AFT Twins points standings at 122, but Mees now trails by only 19 points, while Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Kennedy Racing/Armbruster Racing Indian FTR750) retains the third position with a total of 95.
In the Roof Systems AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Mikey Rush (No. 15 RMR Honda/Red Riders Rewards Honda CRF450R) scored his first victory since joining the class following an epic showdown with the category’s established Mile expert, Shayna Texter (No. 52 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing SX-F 450), who was second.
Kevin Stollings (No. 99 Roof Systems/Motion Pro Honda CRF450R) maintained his perfect AFT Singles podium record at the Red Mile, finishing third ahead of Dalton Gauthier (No. 122 D&D Cycles/Gobert Smash Husqvarna FC450) in fourth and Ryan Wells (No. 94 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F).
Title leader Jesse Janisch (No. 132 Roof Systems Dallas TX/Öhlins Yamaha YZ450F) finished 11th, tightening up the points race considerably. Janisch still leads at 119, but Rush is now right there at 116, while Gauthier is just an additional five points back at 111.
In the AFT Production Twins class, Cory Texter (No. 65 G&G Racing/Holeshot Powersports Yamaha MT-07) continued his unbeaten start to the 2019 AFT Production Twins championship with his third victory in as many tries this season.
The 2017 AFT Singles champion and the winner of last year’s AFT Singles race at the Red Mile, Kolby Carlile (No. 136 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07) was second on his return to competition following surgery after injuring his knee at the Arizona Super TT.
Ben Lowe (No. 20 Roof Systems/Bruce Lowe Excavating Kawasaki Ninja 650) was third; Ryan Varnes (No. 68 Varnes Racing/RoyBuilt/Don's Kawasaki Ninja 650) fourth, with Kevin Stollings (No. 999 Roof Systems/Motion Pro Kawasaki Ninja 650) fifth.
Next up is the second short track of the season at Laconia (New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., on Saturday, June 15), followed by the Lima Half-Mile at the Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, Ohio, June 29, and the New York Short Track at the Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY on July 13.