Indian Motorcycle Announces 2017 Indian Wrecking Crew Team Members in Bold Bid in Return to AMA Pro Flat Track

Three World Class Racers will pilot all-new Indian Scout FTR750 race
bike in historic return to racing with one goal — winning

®, America’s First Motorcycle Company®, today announced
the all-star members of its 2017 Wrecking Crew. Named after the famed
Wrecking Crew of the 1940s and 1950s, the three riders will make history
in 2017 as Indian Motorcycle continues its bold and aggressive return to
AMA Pro Flat Track racing with its first factory racing effort since

The three riders were announced at the American Motorcyclists
Association Flat Track Awards banquet following the Ramspur Winery Santa
Rosa Mile AMA Pro Flat Track race in Santa Rosa, California. Indian
Motorcycle is committed to winning, signing three of the world’s top
riders who will live up to the legacy of the Indian Wrecking Crew of the
1940’s and 50’s that included Ernie Beckman, Bill Tuman and Bobby Hill.

Indian Motorcycle 2017 Wrecking Crew Team

Bryan Smith:
“Flyin” Bryan Smith, 33, from Flint, Michigan,
began racing BMX at age six. He then moved to Flat Track and Ice Racing
at age seven, and has been competing at the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand
National Championship level since 2001, gradually climbing the ranks
every year. In 2015, Smith competed in his first X Games, winning gold
in the Flat Track event. Smith earned his first Grand National
Championship in the 2016 season.

Brad Baker:
AMA Pro Flat Track Expert Grand National
Champion Brad “The Bullet” Baker, 23, originally hailing from Dryad,
Washington, is the third youngest Grand National Champion in the history
of the sport. Baker won his first two career victories at the Hagerstown
Maryland and Pomona California half-miles and was also the 2011 GNC
Expert Rookie of the Year. Baker took a dominating win at the Santa Rosa

Ricky Howerton is the team manager for Smith and Baker.

Jared Mees:
Multi-time AMA Grand National Champion Jared
“Jammer” Mees, 30, won the AMA Grand National Twins Championship in
2009, the AMA Grand National Singles Championship in 2012, and the
unified AMA Grand National Championship (GNC1) title in 2012, 2014 and
2015. Mees also became a Gold Medalist in the X Games in 2016, won the
Superprestigio of the Americas in 2015, and the Troy Bayliss Classic in
2014. Mees earned a second place in the 2016 season. Mees’ race bike
will be handled by legendary flat track tuner Kenny Tolbert.

“Indian Motorcycle has its DNA in motorcycle racing. We will continue
that push towards excellence on the street and in competition with the
introduction of the Indian Scout FTR750,” said Gary Gray, Product
Director for Indian Motorcycle. “AMA Pro Flat Track racing is highly
competitive and we leaned on a global team for this factory effort and
have engaged some of the best riders to exhibit our commitment to this
legendary sport. That said, we are entering the series to do one thing –

Having now successfully developed a lineup of nine award-winning models,
Indian Motorcycle has fully dedicated its resources to a successful
return to AMA Pro Flat Track racing with a purpose-built new race-only
engine, a clean sheet design race bike, and world-class racing team that
reflects the history and rich heritage of the brand. Indian Motorcycle
was born out of competition, and throughout its history has used racing
to develop and improve the product as well as expand the appeal of the

The new Indian Scout FTR750 is powered by an all-new, race-only 750cc
V-Twin that was developed in-house for professional flat track
competition. The chassis and overall design comes from the team at the
Indian Motorcycle’s Medina, Minnesota headquarters with input from
highly experienced race team personnel. The #3 Indian Scout FTR750 was
piloted in its debut by AMA flat track racing legend Joe Kopp on Sunday,
September 25 at the Ramspur Winery Santa Rosa Mile AMA Pro Flat Track
race in Santa Rosa, California. Kopp’s debut of the Indian Scout FTR750
was highly successful with strong heat races that put him on the inside
front row for the final race. After quickly locking in his position in
“the show” he attacked the Dash for Cash race and won. In the final
race, Kopp took a holeshot when the green flag flew, and led the first
lap. Over the course of the race the rough track conditions slowed the
veteran racer, yet he still earned a solid 7th place in the

“Our team worked hard and had a pretty confident feeling coming into the
weekend,” says Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian Motorcycle.
“Our goal was to make the main event, a great achievement for a 100% new
motorcycle racing a highly competitive GNC1 class. Joe was outstanding
on the motorcycle and taking a strong win in the Dash for cash was an
epic first AMA Checkered flag for Indian Motorcycle since the early
1950’s. With our performance this weekend, and the announcement of the
new riders, we are showing our commitment to both the sport and the
history and future of Indian Motorcycle.”

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