Jared Mees Takes the win And The Title At The Harley-Davidson Williams Grove Half-Mile

Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750) put on another masterclass performance to take the win and clinch the American Flat Track AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines crown two races early at the Harley-Davidson Williams Grove Half-Mile presented by Appalachian Harley-Davidson.

After nearly a quarter-century absence, it was a welcome return to Williams Grove Speedway as fans packed the house to witness the Pennsylvania native score his fourth overall premier class championship.

“Man, it’s an honor to be able to come to Williams Grove — I was born and raised 45 minutes from here — and to clinch this championship in front of all my friends and family,” Mees said. “We had a phenomenal year. I had a magnificent team behind me. I don’t know what else to say. I give all the credit to those guys — they work so hard week-in and week-out. The Indian was a phenomenal motorcycle for me from start to finish. It’s unbelievable. “To win a championship in the fashion we did this year and — no offense, but to dominate it. To go out there and pull off nine wins and clinch the championship with two races to go, it was phenomenal. I never thought it would have happened, especially considering the talent of the other guys out there.”

It also meant a lot to Mees to be able to make history, by scoring the brand’s first Grand National Championship title. “I wanted to be the guy on the Indian, the first to do it,” Mees said. “I wanted to be the guy to do everything on the Indian first. I wanted to dominate, and we did.”

Although it looked like it was going to be Mees’ day to shine after he won both his Heat, Semi and left everyone in his dust during the Main, multiple red flags threw some uncertainty into the mix. And even after his championship rival Bryan Smith (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) crashed out of the race — pretty much sealing the deal on the championship with Mees only needing four points — Mees didn’t go easy. He held on to the win and crossed the line 0.232 seconds ahead of Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750). Baker, who has been eagerly searching for his first win of 2017, took comfort in the fact that he has made progress on track conditions that don’t favor him and scored his 11th podium this season.

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4 Responses to “Jared Mees Takes the win And The Title At The Harley-Davidson Williams Grove Half-Mile”

  1. 1 calif Phil Sep 11th, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Congratulation Jared and job well done at team Indian.

  2. 2 Biggles Sep 11th, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Congratulations to Jared Mees and Indian motorcycles. The winning combination.

  3. 3 NoH2Oh Sep 11th, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    First year platform, first year team; first year domination. Awesome.

    I’d bet HD (V&H) softly chuckled when news broke that Indian would field a flat track team.

    I’d also bet a couple of guys with the initials BW and EB might be smiling about this.

    I miss the XR750.

  4. 4 jim watson Sep 18th, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Congrats — Strong Work by the Entire Team!

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