Indian Motorcycle triumphant in its return to racing after winning the 2017 Daytona TT at the American Flat Track season opener.
Indian riders Jared Mees and Bryan Smith finished 1-2 at the inaugural Daytona TT scrambles. “You don’t know how special it is to win the first Daytona TT on the Indian,” said Mees. “I’m so excited just for the entire team and the hard work that everybody put in. It’s unbelievable what we all went through. Indian Motorcycle did an outstanding job.”
Reigning champion Bryan Smith was naturally pleased as well. “There was a lot of pressure and like Jared has said, we’ve now gotta race next weekend too. There has been so much focus on us, especially from having a new bike and a new team, so second place at a TT in Daytona I’m happy.” Joining the Indian Motorcycle duo on the podium in third place was Henry Wiles on the DPW Racing Kawasaki Ninja 650.
All eyes have been on Indian after assembling a team featuring three of the sport’s most decorated riders and armed with Indian’s state-of-the-art Scout FTR750. This season-opener brought dramatic validation to Indian’s bold re-entry into the sport it had once dominated, reigniting the Indian Motorcycle versus Harley-Davidson rivalry during the sport’s glory days.
“Carrying the torch for the return of one of motorcycle racing’s most iconic and historic brands, makes this win truly special for me,” said Mees. “We knew we had a special bike this year that would give us a real shot at every race this season and to start off on top is huge. But this win isn’t mine alone. The entire team was critical and I couldn’t be more optimistic about our prospects for the remainder of the season.”
After such an impressive showing by the new Indian ‘Wrecking Crew’ in Daytona, it’s clear that Indian Motorcycle Racing will be a force to be reckoned with in 2017. “With such a storied history of success in flat track racing, it was imperative that Indian brought every possible resource to be successful. To be atop the podium in Daytona is the ultimate validation for us,” said Gary Gray, Product Director for Indian Motorcycle. “This season is more a marathon than a sprint and this is merely the beginning. While we’re proud to get off to such a great start, our eyes are fixed on a championship.”
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