INDIAN MOTORCYCLE RACING SWEEPS THE PODIUM AT I-70 HALF-MILE WITH JARED MEES CLAIMING HIS SECOND VICTORY OF THE SEASON AND SECURE CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS IN THE LEAD
Mees edged out factory teammate Briar Bauman for the win, with Bauman finishing second and Brandon Robinson completing the podium in third.
Minneapolis, Minnesota. (April 25, 2022) – Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, had an outstanding performance at Round 3 of the 2022 American Flat Track Series in Odessa, MO for the inaugural I-70 Half-Mile, with Jared Mees scoring his second straight win of the season, putting him top of the league with a four-point advantage. Factory teammate Briar Bauman took second place, while Brandon Robinson rounded out the top three aboard his Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750, giving Indian Motorcycle Racing an impressive podium finish.
After his dominating performance at the Texas Half-Mile, Mees looked to keep his momentum going and make a strong statement that he is the runner to beat in 2022, which is exactly what he did. As Bauman surged forward for the lead, Mees started third and quickly moved forward passing JD Beach on the opening lap. On lap three, Mees had closed in on Bauman before sneaking his FTR750 inside and powering into the lead. This time Mees couldn’t run away with the win and spent much of the 25-lap race fending off his teammate’s advances. It was a fight until the end as Bauman staged a late charge to try to pass the defending champion. Mees managed to hold his position, taking the checkered flag and winning by just 0.116 seconds.
Brandon Robinson moved up to third in the early parts of the race and despite trying to make it a three-way battle for the lead, he finally settled into position and took the checkered flag in third. It was his first podium of the 2022 season.
“It was a strong performance for the entire Indian Motorcycle team, coming away with a podium sweep,” said Gary Gray, vice president of Racing, Service & Technology for Indian Motorcycle. “Although this victory was not so easy for Jared [Mees]with Briar [Bauman] right on his back throughout the race, it was still an important victory since he is now at the top of the championship standings. There are still a lot of races left this season, but I think it’s going to be a battle until the end between these two.
“What a day,” Mees said. “Mother Nature actually played a good role for the racetrack for us. Luckily we had the race before the next storm arrived. These fast races with only one qualifying heat and straight into a Main Event are hectic “You have to be on point from the get go. What a hectic Main Event with Briar. I felt it breathing down my neck the whole time. A track like this makes a lot of little mistakes, but everyone has their own.” part, and we held on and got to the checkered flag first.
After three rounds, the Wrecking Crew factory riders are down 1-2 in the championship chase, with Mees on 64 points and Bauman on 60 points. Both runners have a small cushion heading into the fourth and fifth innings, with the third at 51 runs.
The 2022 American Flat Track season continues May 28-29 for the Red Mile Doubleheader in Lexington, KY.
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Plus, according to a press release issued by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing:
KOPP AND WHALE TAKE RED BULL KTM TO THE TOP OF THE BACK SINGLES PODIUM ON I-70 HALF-MILE
Round 3 – American Flat Track Championship
ODESSA, Mo. — Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Kody Kopp returned to center stage on the third round of the U.S. Flat Track Championship, where he edged teammate Max Whale in a close battle to the finish. With less than ideal weather conditions in Odessa, Missouri, both Red Bull KTM riders kept their composure and came out on the podium with an impressive 1-2 in the AFT Singles class.
In addition to consistent 20-40 mph winds over the weekend, riders faced heavy rain at the start of race day on Saturday. With rain forecast again in the evening, the decision was made to condense the race schedule to go from practice/qualifying straight to the Main Event, doing away with the semi-finals altogether.
Sitting on pole for the Main Event, Kopp came off the line in fourth and he quickly recovered two places from the first corner. He pressured the race leader for the first six laps before launching his KTM 450 SX-F into the lead just before the halfway mark. Setting the fastest race lap of any class on the day, the young rider was able to create a comfortable gap over the rest of the field early on, but his team-mate, Whale, prevailed in the second half of the race. race. Despite a valiant late charge from Whale, Kopp was able to hold on for a slim victory in Round 3.
Kody Kopp: “I feel really comfortable on my bike lately. Hats off to my entire Red Bull KTM team. We’ve put in a ton of work this offseason and I feel like we’re showing just that. With the schedule rushed due to the weather, I knew I had to make every session count. We had very clean races in the Main Event and I couldn’t be happier to get my second win. I’m going to get back to work and start preparing for the Kentucky double header next month!
Whale, the poleman of the final round, got a top-row start to the Main Event with third place in qualifying and he powered his KTM 450 SX-F to a third place on the line. Quickly moving from second to corner one, Whale was passed early by his teammate and he found himself third on the opening lap. It took a few laps for the Aussie to find some rhythm and that’s when he started his surge forward. Passing second halfway through the race, Whale put his head down and charged late to close the gap on his teammate on the home stretch. Despite a strenuous effort, Whale failed to cross the finish line just 0.754 seconds shy of his first win of the season.
Max Whale: “This round had a different vibe and it was really tough. We had a bit more rain, so it was really tough to go from qualifying to the Main Event without sort of venting the pre-race nervousness in the half. -final. I had a pretty good qualifying time for a front row start in the main race and the first lap is really what lost me the race. I fought well in the last half of the race. race and I finished second, but it was too little, too late.
After three rounds, Kopp and Whale are respectively first and second overall in the AFT Single Championship.
Next race: Red Mile (Double Header) – Lexington, Kentucky – May 28-29, 2022
Round 3 Results – I-70 Half-Mile
AFT Singles Main Event
1. Kody Kopp, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2. Max Whale, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
3. Morgen Mischler, Honda
5. James Ott, KTM
12. Travis Petton IV, KTM
16. Ryan Wells, KTM
AFT Singles Points Rankings (After Round 3)
1. Kody Kopp, 70 points
2. Max Whale, 57 years old
3. Morgen Mischler, 56
13. Ryan Wells, 18
15. Hunter Bauer, 12
16. Tanner Dean, 11