Indian won two big races over the weekend at Daytona Bike Week, including the American Flat Track season opener, kicking the season off to an impressive start at the Volusia Half-Mile. Briar Bauman took a commanding win for Indian, but the next three finishers surprisingly weren’t on Indian’s dominating FTR750. A Harley XG750 was ridden to the runner-up spot by Briar’s brother, Bronson, with Yamaha’s JD Beach rounding out the podium.
“We worked pretty hard this offseason,” Briar Bauman said. “Honestly, last year kind of gave me a perspective that I need to appreciate this a little bit more because it can be taken away really quickly. I’m proud of Indian Motorcycle for chipping away this offseason and finding a happy medium.”
The second race at Volusia was rained out. Progressive AFT will continue its season this weekend with the Mission Texas Half-Mile presented by Roof Systems in Fort Worth, TX on Saturday, March 19 at Texas Motor Speedway. For more information on Progressive AFT visit https://www.americanflattrack.com. Read more in Indian’s press release below.
Indian Motorcycle Flat Track Wrecking Crew Rider Briar Bauman Secures 20th Career Win at Volusia Half-Mile
Minneapolis, MN. (March 14, 2022) – Indian Motorcycle Racing dominated Bike Week in Daytona Beach and kicked off its 2022 race season in dramatic fashion with a victory at the 2022 American Flat Track season opener at the Volusia Half-Mile. Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew rider Briar Bauman delivered a masterful performance on his Indian Motorcycle FTR750 to take the win at the Volusia Half-Mile.
“This weekend was a dramatic display of the incredible level of preparation, determination and skill that powers our teams and riders every time we line up on the grid,” said Gary Gray, Vice President Racing, Service & Technology for Indian Motorcycle. “Considering the stiff competition and unique challenges we’re facing in both flat track and bagger racing this season, we’re certainly happy to get off to such a positive start, but we know full well that this is merely the beginning. There’s a lot more racing ahead of us, and we expect every race weekend to be a dogfight to the finish.”
AMERICAN FLAT TRACK
After weather postponed, and ultimately canceled, round one of the 2022 American Flat Track season, riders took to the track and kicked off the season at the Volusia Half-Mile II. In spite of significant off-season rule changes that impose restrictions specifically on the Indian FTR750, flat track Wrecking Crew rider Briar Bauman put on a technical clinic to capture the win, making a bold statement regarding his intention to claim his second Grand National Championship in 2022.
Having placed second in Semi 2 and earning a spot on the front row for the Main, Bauman jumped out to an early lead and never looked back – capturing his first win of the season and his 20th of his career. Bauman’s factory teammates, including reigning champion Jared Mees and the Wrecking Crew’s newest rider Shayna Texter-Bauman finished fifth and 13th respectively.
Sponsors for Indian Motorcycle Racing’s American Flat Track efforts include Progressive Insurance, S&S, Indian Motorcycle Oil, Bell Helmets, Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited. American Flat Track continues March 19 for the Texas Half-Mile at Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX.