Reigning Grand National Champion Bryan Smith Captures his 7th Consecutive Victory at Sacramento Mile, Edging Out Indian ‘Wrecking Crew’ Teammates in Epic Main Event
SACRAMENTO, CA – May 22, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Indian Motorcycle Racing secured its third podium sweep of the season during an epic Sacramento Mile main event that saw 25 miles of continuous lead changes by the three Indian Wrecking Crew riders. It was reigning Grand National Champion Bryan Smith that edged out his teammates with a final pass to secure his third consecutive win of the season and his seventh in a row at the Sacramento Mile. Indian is undefeated thus far in the 2017 American Flat Track series – tallying five consecutive victories.
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Teammates Jared Mees and Brad Baker again joined Smith on the podium, placing 2-3 respectively. In what has been nothing short of a historic start through five races this season, the Wrecking Crew has dominated the field – winning every race and earning 13 of 15 podiums on the brand-new Scout FTR750.
“Brad and Jared continue to be the toughest competition,” said Smith. “And following the semi rounds, I knew it would again come down to the three Indian riders. As the ‘mile guy’ it’s important for me to capitalize on these longer tracks.”
Smith’s victory at the Sacramento Mile puts him atop the field this season with 112 points, while Mees’s second-place finish gets him to 107 points. Smith and Mees have both reached the podium on all five races this season. Baker’s third-place finish gets him up to 60 points this season, ranking fourth among the field.
“Each race Brad, Bryan and Jared are putting it all on the line, and we couldn’t be more pleased with their performance thus far, along with the performance of our Scout FTR750,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product Development for Indian Motorcycle. “We entered the season expecting to be a very competitive team, but what we’ve been able to accomplish over these first five races has been nothing short of spectacular.”
Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, will look to continue its incredible run as American Flat Track heads to the Springfield Mile on May 28.
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