Jared Mees Takes AFT Flat Track Title
Jared Mees made history in September by winning the American Flat Track Williams Grove Half Mile round, and locking up the AFT Twins championship on his Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750 with two rounds still to go. It was Mees’ ninth win of the season, and the first time in history the Indian brand won the Grand National Championship title.
“We had a phenomenal year,” said Mees. “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.”
American Flat Track recognizes a Rider Championship in each class. The rider that accumulates the most points in each class over the course of a season is declared the National Champion of the class. With only two races remaining, and Mees 50 points ahead of the next racer – teammate Bryan Smith, he has a lock on the class win.
The Indian Wrecking Crew has combined for 35 of the season’s 48 total podiums, including six sweeps. Mees has nine victories on the season. Fellow Wrecking Crew Riders, Bryan Smith (276 points) and Brad Baker (247 points) will battle through the final two races of the season for second place. Indian has made an impressive debut for the Scout FTR750 winning the championship and they have the potential to sweep the podium for the year.
MN ADV trail
As previously reported in MMM, a new adventure trail will take motorized recreationists along 400 to 500 miles of back roads across northern Minnesota, according to a report by Minnesota Public Radio. Recent news is showing some progress in the trail development. MPR reports that Ron Potter, a retired Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trails employee who’s now a consultant for the National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, said the project could be completed by the summer of 2018.
The DNR contracted with NOHVCC and the Minnesota Four Wheel Drive Association to manage the project. The trail will start at Grand Portage and end at the North Dakota border in northwest Minnesota. The actual route and finalized plans are not published yet, but the intent is for a multi-use (motorcycle, ATV, UTV, and ORV) trail using existing road and trails. Seen as win/win venture, the trail would provide a point-to-point route for off-road enthusiasts while providing a boost to the local economies of communities along the route.
Ducati Not For Sale … For Now
Put your checkbook away. Volkswagen’s supervisory board no longer backs a plan to sell Ducati, even though several companies showed interest when Volkswagen initially floated the idea in April. According to Reuters, five bidders were on a shortlist of potential buyers, including the Benetton family. Polaris was also rumored to be on the list as well. Ducati reportedly received offers between $1.52 billion and $1.76 billion. However, half of VW’s 20-member supervisory board rejected the sale of Ducati unless there are compelling financial reasons. VW’s six-month financial results show the company doesn’t need more money, according to Reuters.
No Repeat Victory at the ISDE for US, France Dominates
The U.S. Men’s Trophy Team lost its bid to defend its 2016 championship at the 92nd International Six Days Enduro when Thad Duvall broke his wrist on Day One at the ISDE. Held this year held Aug. 28 –Sept 3 in Brive-La-Gaillarde, France. The ISDE is the oldest FIM motorcycle event in the world and is one of the toughest off-road races. The injury to Duvall cleared the way for France to take the international championship, their ninth world title (seventh since 2008). France had been disqualified in 2015 with the world title going to Australia and they (France) did not compete in 2016 in protest. Other men’s US Trophy Team members continued to pursue individual titles at the event. Taylor Robert, the fastest overall individual last year in Spain, finished 3rd overall and Ryan Sipes finished a respectable 5th overall. Kailub Russell also finished in the top 20 with a 14th overall. The ISDE provides an excellent video recap of the event here: https://www.isde-france-2017.com/news.