The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is currently going on this week if you haven’t noticed yet by now, and that means all things motorcycle. There were two American Flat Track races: the Buffalo Chip TT and the Black Hills Half-Mile, which is the fastest half-mile on the AFT circuit. The TT wrapped up with less than ideal results for some, but proved to be surprisingly awesome for others. Jared Mees and Shayna Texter fell into the former category, but sought out redemption at the Black Hills Half-Mile, and got it.
RAPID CITY, SD – August 8, 2018 – It certainly didn’t take long. Reigning Grand National Champion Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing SDI Scout FTR750) only had to stew on a rare defeat for two days before reasserting his position atop the American Flat Track pecking order with Tuesday night’s triumph at the Harley-Davidson Black Hills Half-Mile presented by Law Tigers Motorcycle Lawyers in Rapid City, S.D.
The AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines victory didn’t come easily, however, ranking as perhaps Mees’ most hard-fought and hard-earned of the season. It was ultimately taken by a scant 0.032 seconds following an epic heavyweight battle with Jeffrey Carver Jr. (No. 23 Roof-Systems of Dallas/Indian of Metro Milwaukee Scout FTR750), one of just two riders to have beaten Mees straight up in 2018.
The pair threw everything they had at one another over the course of 25 laps, utilizing multiple lines, creative overtakes and an abundance of aggression. Mees established control of the lead over the final handful of laps and managed to just hold Carver at bay despite one final strike that fell a half-a-bike-length short at the checkered flag.
The win was Mees’ 10th in 13 races this season. With five races remaining on the season slate, he’s already equaled …read more