American Motorcycle Dealer AMD 230 September 2018 - Page 18

www.americanflattrack.com LATEST Photos courtesy of American Flat Track Indian Secures Second Consecutive AFT Championship When the American Flat Track Twins presented by Vance & Hines series took its now annual swing through the Black Hills of South Dakota for two races during the Sturgis Rally, it produced two entirely different kinds of race and two entirely different results. Indian Motorcycle Racing continued its dominating season and emerged from the Rally having already secured the 2018 manufacturer Championship, taking nine out of the available ten top ten spots across the two races, and five of the six available podium places with eight different riders (seven of them privateers) filling those nine top five finishes. At the Buffalo Chip TT presented by Indian Motorcycle (August 5) Jake Johnson (Estenson Racing) secured his first win on his privateer Indian Scout FTR750, with Wrecking Crew rider and reigning champion Jared Mees second. Harley-Davidson got what is a rare podium this season with Sammy Halbert racing the XG750R to third place, with first time Indian Scout FTR750 riders Hayden Gillim (Indian, Cycle World, S&S Cycle, Bell Helmets) and Bronson Bauman (Howerton Motorsports/Allstate Insurance/WPS) fourth and fifth. As Cycle World’s “Man in a Van with a Plan,” the Buffalo Chip TT marked Gillim’s first career Twins race - a race he won in 2017 riding the Singles class. Bronson Bauman finished the night in fifth aboard Bryan Smith’s factory Scout FTR750. Ryan Sipes took the singles win on the Husqvarna FC450. At the Harley-Davidson of Black Hill Half Mile presented by Law Tigers at the Black Hills Speedway at nearby Rapid City, Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing SDI Scout FTR750) reasserted dominance atop the podium, seeing off Indian privateer Jeffrey Carver Jr. (No. 23 Roof-Systems of Dallas/Indian of Metro Milwaukee Scout FTR750) to take an epic win. Former champion Bryan Smith (No. 4 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) was third; fellow Indian privateers Briar Bauman and Kenny Coolbeth Jr were fourth and fifith to give the FTR750 all top five places. In the Singles Shayna Texter (No. 52 Husqvarna Motorcycles/JCS Racing FC 450), who's scored the most wins in AFT Singles history, took the win to back up her Lima Mile (Ohio) achievement at the end of June. That Lima win gave Husqvarna their first ever AFT Singles win but thanks to Texter and Sipes the FC 450 had three of the last four races in the bag. At the 72nd annual AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines Peoria TT, Indian privateer racer Jake Johnson won the Buffalo Chip TT with Jared Mees second. 18 AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE DEALER - SEPTEMBER 2018 Jared Mees took the win at the Harley-Davidson of Black Hills Half Mile at Rapid City during the Sturgis Rally to give Indian Motorcycle its second consecutive manufacturer’s championship. Indian Privateer Jeffrey Carver Jr. took second. “King Henry” Wiles (No. 17 Bandit Industries/Wilco Racing/Willy Built Kawasaki Ninja 650) extended his reign by claiming a 14th consecutive victory in the prestigious Peoria race held on August 18. Wiles was certainly forced to earn it on Saturday. In the race’s early stages he found himself trapped behind three superstars with prior TT race wins - Briar Bauman (No. 14 Zanotti Racing Indian Scout FT R750), who went on to take second; Jake Johnson (No. 5 Estenson Racing/McCandless Truck Center Indian Scout FTR750) who went on to take third, and Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing SDI Scout FTR750), who, in a rare podium miss this season, finished fourth. Privateer Indian FTR759 rider Hayden Gillim (No. 169 Indian/Cycle World/S&S Cycle Scout FTR750) was fifth, Wrecking Crew rider Bronson Bauman was sixth with privateer Jarod Venderkooi bringing the top place Harley XG750R home in seventh. In the AFT Singles another TT master, Jessie Janisch (No. 132 Roof Systems/West Bend Harley-Davidson- backed Yamaha YZ450F), took the win becoming the 10th different winner of the AFT Singles in a wide open season so far - it may have been Janisch’s first victory of the season but it was his second consecutive and third in total Peoria TT victory (’15, ’17, and ’18). The series stays in Illinois for the second Springfield Mile of the season (September 2) followed by the H-D Williams Grove Half Mile at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (September 8), the Minnesota Mile (September 29). The series then wraps up at the Meadowlands Mile at East Rutherford, New Jersey (October 6). Henry Wiles took his 14th consecutive victory at the Peoria TT on the Kawasaki Ninja 650. Briar Bauman took second on the FTR750 www.AMDchampionship.com