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Indian announces 2017 Wrecking Crew flat track team

Published: 27 September 2016

Indian Motorcycles has announced the three rider line up which will compete in the 2017 AMA Pro Flat Track series. It will be Indian's first factory racing effort since 1953.

The team, named the Wrecking Crew after the famed team of the same name in the 1940s and 1950s, will be made up of Jared Mees, Brad Baker and Bryan Smith.

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Bryan Smith, 33, has been competing in flat track at Grand National Championship level since 2001, earning his first Grand National Championship in 2016.

23-year-old Brad Baker is the third youngest Grand National Champion and was named GNC Expert Rookie of the Year in 2011.

Jared Mees, 30, won the AMA Grand National Twins Championship in 2009, the AMA Grand National Singles Championship in 2012, and the unified AMA Grand National Championship (GNC1) title in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

The new Indian Scout FTR750 is powered by an all-new, race-only 750cc V-twin, developed in-house solely for professional flat track racing. The bike debuted at the Ramspur Winery Santa Rosa Mile AMA Pro Flat Track race in Santa Rosa, California on September 25, qualifying for the final and finishing seventh, ridden by flat track legend Joe Kopp.

"Indian Motorcycle has its DNA in motorcycle racing,” said Gary Gray, Product Director for Indian Motorcycle. “We will continue that push towards excellence on the street and in competition with the introduction of the Indian Scout FTR750.

"AMA Pro Flat Track racing is highly competitive and we leaned on a global team for this factory effort and have engaged some of the best riders to exhibit our commitment to this legendary sport. That said, we are entering the series to do one thing – win."

 

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