After absolutely dominating the American Flat Track Championship in their first season returning to racing for over 60 years, it will come as no surprise to learn that Indian have taken a clean sweep of the 2017 championship, with their riders clinching the top three spots.
Jared Mees secured the rider's championship with his ninth win of the season at the Williams Grove Half-Mile in September, and his Wrecking Crew team-mates Bryan Smith and Brad Baker secured second and third at the final round of the championship in Perris, California.
Mees won the final race, and set a new single-season record with 17 total podiums. In total the Indian team took 14 wins. Over the 18 race season there were only four races without an Indian rider on the top step. Baker, who missed the final two races due to injury, was the only Indian rider not to win a race.
“It’s been an unbelievable season with Indian Motorcycle. Since first testing the Scout FTR750 last year, I knew the bike was special and like nothing I’ve ever competed on,” said Mees. “I greatly appreciate all the love and support from my whole team, all the fans and of course my wife. It was a special season, and one I’ll look to top next year.”
“Countless hours from an incredible team went into building the premier Scout FTR750 race bike. And early testing showed we had something special,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product for Indian. “Much of the credit goes to the Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew of Jared, Bryan and Brad. We cannot praise these guys enough for all the work they put in during the season. It was a phenomenal year that vastly exceeded expectations, and we’re excited to carry this momentum to the 2018 season.”
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