HISTORY MADE AT DAYTONA
History was made at Daytona in March, when a new look Flat Track series, run on a brand-new track layout, built within the massive Daytona race complex, provided Indian Motorcycles with an historic victory when Jared Mees won the headline American Flat Track TT main event on an Indian Scout FTR750. The Daytona TT opened the debut season for the newly rebranded American Flat Track series, with competitors greeted by a challenging 0.6-mile dirttrack course in the Daytona International Speedway tri-oval area. Mees, from Clio, Michigan, led all 25 laps of the main event, beating last year’s flat track national champion Bryan Smith, also now an Indian factory rider, by 9.174 seconds. Henry Wiles (Kawasaki Ninja 650) finished third. Mees gave the Indian Motorcycle Company its first Daytona victory since Floyd Emde won the Daytona 200 in 1948. Floyd’s son, Don, also a Daytona 200 winner, was there to watch history being made. Eighteen-year-old Dalton Gauthier of Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, riding a KTM 450 SX-F, got by Wyatt Anderson (TM 450 SX-F) on the last turn of the last lap to win the 15-lap AFT Singles main event. British young gun, Oliver Brindley, from Bawtry, a third generation member of the Brindley racing dynasty, rode to a fine fifth against stiff US competition.