AFT’s reigning champion, Jared Mees, made the best start possible to the 2018 season taking the win on the TT circuit at Daytona.
Last year’s runaway winner won his heat race and semi final, but didn’t have it all his own way in the final, tussling with fellow Wreckin’ Crew rider, Brad Baker, for the lead in the main, but once he had the lead he kept it.
It’s going to be a very different season this year, with Scouts in the hands of privateers challenging the dominance of the factory team – five of the top ten finishers in the main were riding FTR750 Scouts.
“It was incredible to return to Daytona after only one year and see so many Scout FTR750s on the track,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Service & Technology for Indian Motorcycle. “The entire night was filled with great racing, as we even had some tight battles in the semi-finals where a few Indian privateers just missed the main. In the end, though, just as we saw many times last year, Jared hit a rhythm and took over. Congrats to Jared and his team on the repeat.”
“It’s awesome to come back here to Daytona and repeat. My team had the Indian Scout FTR750 dialed in,” added Mees. “It’s a long season, so to start out with a win and get an early lead is huge. With the number one plate this year, we know we have a target on our back. But we embrace the competition and can’t wait for Atlanta Short Track.”