The Buffalo Chip TT during Sturgis bike week has become one of the most exciting and anticipated races of the year, and this year proved no different. Finally someone was able to knock Indian’s Jared Mees of the top step of the podium. That man was Jake Johnson, and Mees was forced to settle for second. In the AFT Singles class, off-road champion Ryan Sipes came out of nowhere to lead from wire to wire and win the Singles race in incredible fashion. His off-road and motocross skills helped him get over the track’s jump in an unconventional way, faster than any other rider.
STURGIS, SD – August 6, 2018 – Jake Johnson delivered a virtuoso performance to reign supreme in front of a wildly enthusiastic crowd of Sturgis Rallygoers who packed the house for Sunday evening’s Buffalo Chip TT presented by Indian Motorcycle, Round 12 of 18 of the 2018 American Flat Track championship.
But in order to do so, Johnson (No. 5 Estenson Racing/McCandless Truck Center Indian Scout FTR750) was forced to do the impossible – namely, track down and overtake reigning AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines champion Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing SDI Scout FTR750).
Mees inherited the lead after last year’s Buffalo Chip winner Briar Bauman (No. 14 Zanotti Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650) crashed and collected second-placed Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team XG750R). Mees appeared to have a clear path to his 10th victory of the season, but Johnson chased him down and overhauled him with relative ease at about the halfway point in the 25-lap Main.
From there J.J. controlled the contest en route to his fifth career TT victory. Mees narrowly held second, being forced to defend the position from Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track …read more