The Indian Scout FTR750 Smashes The American Flat Track Daytona TT
The Indian Scout Flat Track Dream Is Going Strong!
Updated August 20, 2018
Indian has returned to the American Flat Track Racing series for their first full season in 63 years. To celebrate their return, Indian’s Wrecking Crew riders decided to put on an amazing show: by coming in first and second place. As far as debuts go, this is one for the history books, and Indian Wrecking Crew riders Jared Mees, Bryan Smith, and Brad Baker are all worthy of praise. Not to mention the incredible Indian Scout FTR750 machinery that they were given to play with.
The Indian Wrecking Crew Ride The Scout FTR750 To Victory
It was Jared Mees who claimed the top honors at the Daytona TT. The young rider managed to complete the full 25 laps of the circuit in a speedy 12:40:162. Not only did he win, but he won by a comfortable 9.174 margin, and posted the fastest lap of the race at 0:29:777. Here’s what Mees had to say about it all: “You don’t know how special it is to win the first Daytona TT on the Indian. I’m so excited just for the entire team and the hard work that everybody put in. It’s unbelievable what we all went through. Indian Motorcycle did an outstanding job.”
Mees continued, adding: “Carrying the torch for the return of one of motorcycle racing’s most iconic and historic brands, makes this win truly special for me. We knew we had a special bike this year that would give us a real shot at every race this season and to start off on top is huge. But this win isn’t mine alone. The entire team was critical and I couldn’t be more optimistic about our prospects for the remainder of the season.”
Bryan Smith, also of the Indian Wrecking Crew managed to pilot his Scout FTR750 all the way to the second step of the podium, behind his teammate. Although Smith is the reigning World Champion, he was happy to start the series off with a podium finish, and was pleased for his teammate. Here’s what he had to say about Indian’s success: “There was a lot of pressure and like Jared has said, we’ve now gotta race next weekend too. There has been so much focus on us, especially from having a new bike and a new team, so second place at a TT in Daytona I’m happy.”
Third place was secured by Henry Wiles with his No.17 DPW Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650.
It wasn’t an easy ride for Indian, however, as the Indian Wrecking Crew’s Brad Baker fell in the first heat and was rewarded with a nasty concussion, forcing him to sit out the main event. Despite the setback, he’s ready for battle next week. There’s been a great deal of pressure on these all-star riders, since all three are champions in their own right, now blessed with the power of Indian’s top level Scout FTR750 behind them. If Indian have started as they mean to go on, the American Flat Track series is in for quite the shake up this year.
Indian’s Product Chief, Gary Gray commended his rider’s efforts and added: “With such a storied history of success in flat track racing, it was imperative that Indian brought every possible resource to be successful. To be atop the podium in Daytona is the ultimate validation for us. This season is more a marathon than a sprint and this is merely the beginning. While we’re proud to get off to such a great start, our eyes are fixed on a championship.”
You can watch the Indian Scout FTR750 in action next weekend on Saturday 25th March, where it will be battling for supremacy at the Atlanta Short Track.