THE RETURN OF THE ‘WRECKING CREW’
Indian Motorcycle® is back where it belongs: On the flat track racetracks where the AMA American Flat Track (AFT) series is contested. The Indian Scout FTR750 race bike displayed winning performance in its first month of racing, and an incredibly talented team of racers has been assembled to campaign the bike in the 2017 racing season.
A Winning First Month
The Indian Scout FTR750 made its Grand National Championship (GNC) debut in September at the Santa Rosa [CA] Mile AMA Pro Flat Track race. Joe Kopp, the 2000 GNC winner, piloted the bike with the No. 3 number plate, and the racing world was impressed by the results.
Kopp finished second in his qualifying heat to earn a front-row starting spot in the main, and he then won the Dash for Cash. In the final, Kopp and the new race bike grabbed the holeshot, led the first lap, and remained in the top three through two laps. The Scout FTR750 finished seventh in its first main and served notice that Indian Motorcycle will be a competitive force in the 2017 season that starts in Daytona Beach, Florida.
“Our goal was to make the main event, a great achievement for a 100% new motorcycle racing a highly competitive GNC1 class,” said Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing. “Joe was outstanding on the motorcycle and taking a strong win in the Dash for Cash was an epic first AMA checkered flag for Indian Motorcycle since the early 1950’s.”
In its second weekend of racing in early October, the Indian Motorcycle FTR750 delivered another impressive performance, this time at Willow Springs Int’l. Raceway in Rosamond, CA. Jared Mees won his qualifying heat, finished second in the Dash for Cash, and finished third in the main on the new race bike.
Then, on Oct. 8, at Perris [CA] Auto Speedway, Indian Motorcycle returned to the winner’s circle. Jared Mees ran away from the field on the FTR750 and won the main by a straightaway. He wheelied across the finish line in celebration and took a victory lap with the checkered flag.
On his Facebook page, Mees told his fans: “Got the win on the Indian Motorcycle tonight, so stoked. Next year can’t get here fast enough, wish Daytona were tomorrow.”
The All-New FTR750
The new Indian® Scout® FTR750 is powered by an all-new, race-only 750cc V-Twin that the brand’s drivetrain engineering team developed for professional flat track competition. The Indian Motorcycle design and engineering teams developed the bike’s chassis, which is lightweight yet strong and durable so it can withstand the rigors of flat track racing.
A New ‘Wrecking Crew’
Three Grand National Championship winners will comprise the new, 2017 edition of the Indian Motorcycle “Wrecking Crew”:
• “Flyin’” Bryan Smith, age 33, won the 2016 GNC1 title, the 2015 X Games flat track gold medal, and he has 29 career Grand National (GN) wins.
• Brad “The Bullet” Baker, 23, won the 2009 AMA Pro Singles National Championship, and was GNC Rookie of the Year in 2011. In 2013, he won the GNC title and the Superprestigio Dirt Track event in Spain.
• Jared “Jammer” Mees, 30, was AMA Rookie of the Year in 2004 and is a four-time GNC champion (2009 [Twins], 2012, 2014, and 2015). He won the 2016 X Games flat track gold medal and finished second in GNC1 points this year. He has won 24 GN races.
This powerful trio will campaign the new Indian Scout FTR750 in the AMA AFT series starting in 2017. The team’s name pays tribute to the original Wrecking Crew – Ernie Beckman, Bill Tuman, and Bobby Hill – who wrote several winning chapters of Indian Motorcycle racing history in the ‘40s and ‘50s.