Stop sweeping the flat track podium, Indian Motorcycle Racing. It's not gonna get any cleaner.
This weekend, the Indian Wrecking Crew added podium sweep number four to its growing collection, when it took down the OKC Mile. Jared Mees (No.9) came from behind on the last lap to pass Wrecking Crew teammate Brad Baker, who'd built a seemingly insurmountable lead during the main event. We say "seemingly" because it was, in fact, surmounted.
Each rider easily managed to win their respective heat, capturing top positions during semi runs, and outpacing the field in the main with the fourth place finisher 23 seconds off Mees and 17 seconds off the podium.
Running a similar playbook as his victory at Red Mile, Mees stayed close behind Baker only to sneak past him while both riders fought to navigate a sea of slower riders as they lapped the field in the closing laps.
Reigning Grand National Champ and Indian Wrecking Crew member Bryan Smith cleared the sweep by capturing third, keeping him second in the overall standings.
“Our team is on a great run right now. It’s evident we have the most talented group of riders and the Scout FTR750 is the top-performing motorcycle in the field,” said Mees. “Brad clearly had the field beat throughout the race and it looked like he would go wire-to-wire, but I hung in there, dug deep and found my opening as we lapped the pack.”
Mees not only advanced in the points lead, but also does so heading into his favorite discipline of the series, the half-mile. Smith remains in striking distance to Mees’ 177 with 169 total points. Baker closed the gap between he and the third place rider to 12. His second-place finish gets him to 112 points this season.
“We cannot say enough about our factory team riders’ dedication, and the sophistication and capability of our Indian Scout FTR750,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product Development for Indian Motorcycle. “Even though they’re outpacing the field, our guys are remaining fiercely competitive with each other, pushing for individual titles and the ultimate manufacturer title.”
Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, will look to continue its incredible run as American Flat Track heads to the Lima Half-Mile at Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima, Ohio on June 24.