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Tuesday 13 August 2019

AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hine

Mees Strikes Back to Win Sacramento Mile

Defending Sacramento Mile Champion Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) successfully rebounded the Black Hills Half-Mile crash by defeating title rival Briar Bauman (No. 14 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) in a competitive Cal Expo Law Tigers Sacramento Mile presented by Cycle Gear powered by Estenson Racing on August 10.

The 25-lap AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines Main Event saw Mees see off a determined challenge by his rival taking a 0.151-second margin victory that saw Mees up his career record to 44 premier-class wins. That moves him out of a tie with Jay Springsteen and into sole possession of third place on the all-time AFT Twins victory order.

Photo: Scott Hunter/American Flat Track

Third place went to 2015 AFT Singles champ Davis Fisher (No. 67 Bob Lanphere Beaverton Motorcycles/Dick Wall 60 Indian FTR750), with Bronson Bauman (No. 37 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) fourth and seven-time Sacramento Mile winner Bryan Smith (No. 4 Crosley Brands/Howerton Motorsports Kawasaki Ninja 650) fifth.
In the 15-lap Singles superstar Shayna Texter (No. 52 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing SX-F 450) gave Red Bull/KTM its first Mile win in Singles, with Mikey Rush (No. 15 RMR Honda/Red Riders Rewards Honda CRF450R) second and Tristan Avery (No. 16 Waters Autobody Racing/Staci Howell Honda CRF450R) third. Texter now boasts eight Mile wins among her class-leading 17 career victories.
In the AFT Production Twins class, Dalton Gauthier (No. 122 Black Hills Harley-Davidson XG750R Rev X) made history in Saturday night’s AFT Production Twins class, guiding Harley-Davidson’s production-based XG750R race bike to its maiden AFT Main Event victory.
J.R. Addison (No. 24 Smith/Addison Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650) was second; Kolby Carlile (No. 136 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07) third; title leader and top qualifier Cory Texter (No. 65 G&G Racing/Holeshot Powersports Yamaha MT-07) fourth; James Rispoli (No. 71 Black Hills Harley-Davidson XG750R Rev X) fifth.
Gauthier said: “The whole Vance & Hines crew, everybody at Harley and Black Hills Harley-Davidson put me on this awesome motorcycle…right from the first lap I knew it was going to be a good one."
The series now heads to Illinois for three races - the Peoria TT, August 17, the rearranged Springfield Mile I on August 31, and the as originally scheduled Springfield Mile II the next day, September 1.
The 2019 series then wraps up in September with the Williams Grove Half-Mile (Mechanicsburg, PA., September 7), the Minnesota Mile (Minneapolis, September 21) and the final round, the Meadowlands Mile, East Rutherford, NJ, September 28.