Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

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.

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