Jared Mees wins Austin. Mees (No. 1 Harley-Davidson 750) earned a tough victory at the inaugural Harley-Davidson Lone Star Half-Mile at Circuit of The Americas Saturday night. Mees charged the pack after Brad Baker was forced to leave the track due to technical difficulties on lap seven and was challenged again when a red flag with five laps to go turned round three of the AMA Pro Flat Track season into a five-lap shootout. Sammy Halbert was third.
Brad “The Bullet” Baker, the 23-year-old 2013 AMA Pro Grand National Champion had this to say about the race, "Last night was a tough one to swallow. It always sucks to have a mechanical failure but it hurts a little extra when you are in the lead and pulling away. Nevertheless, my Harley-Davidson Vance & Hines Team did an awesome job giving me a bike that was fast and handled great. There's plenty of races left and we will be back to go for the win in Arizona, only a little under a month away."Jared Mees, the Michigan native took home the Öhlins “Fastest Lap Award,” as well and was pleased with the victory. Mees faced disappointment in last year’s Summer X Games in Austin but won the 25-lap Harley-Davidson GNC1 presented by Vance & Hines class race over No. 27 Robert Pearson (Harley-Davidson 750).
“I don’t know if I had anything for Brad,” Mees said. “I’d just settled into my groove and I don’t know if I could have run him down. At the red flag, I thought, ‘Don’t do this to me, you owe me.’ It was really good to win. I needed this for the confidence after I had a so-so Daytona. The credit goes to the team. We relate very, very well. They never let me down.”Pearson fought with Halbert for position and placed second, making it his best finish in his career and first-ever podium. No. 80 Stevie Bonsey finished 3rd, while DAYTONA Flat Track Round 2 winner, No. 5 Jake Johnson was next. No. 66 Dominic Colindres led last year’s X Games winner No. 42 Bryan Smith and No. 73 Doug Lawrence. BY THE NUMBERS Circuit of The Americas GNC1 Race (25 Laps) - GNC Expert Twins April 9, 2016 Circuit of the Americas Austin, TX Race Time: 8:20.990 Margin of Victory: 1.194 Best Race Lap: Jared Mees Wins (0:18.970) TOP TEN POSITONS
|1||1||Jared Mees||Las Vegas H-D,Rogers Racing,Harley Davidson Motor...||Harley-Davidson 750||25 Laps||WINNER||0:18.970||24|
|2||69||Sammy Halbert||BriggsAuto.com,Martin Trucking,Lucas...||Harley-Davidson 750||1.194||1.194||0:19.156||9|
|3||80||Stevie Bonsey||CR Motorsports,Alpinestars,Steeles Cycles,Motion...||Harley-Davidson 750||1.325||0.131||0:19.091||16|
|4||5||Jake Johnson||Zanotti Racing,Classic H-D,Harley-Davidson MOtor...||Harley-Davidson 750||2.325||1.000||0:19.431||15|
|5||66||Dominic Colindres||Babe DeMay,Memphis Shades,Yamaha,Bell...||Yamaha FZ07||2.813||0.487||0:19.277||14|
|6||42||Bryan Smith||Crosley Brands,T&T Construction,Howerton...||Kawasaki Ninja 650||2.884||0.071||0:19.481||13|
|7||73||Doug Lawrence||Doug Lawrence Racing,Town Moto,Parts Canada,John...||Harley-Davidson 750||3.413||0.528||0:19.635||12|
|8||17||Henry Wiles||USC Racing,Hart Racing,J&M Logging,Tim Trowbridge...||Kawasaki Ninja 650||4.207||0.794||0:19.702||11|
|9||10||Johnny Lewis||Lloyd Brothers Motorsports,Dillard Family Racing||Ducati Hypermotard 1100||4.929||0.721||0:19.712||10|
|10||98||Kayl Kolkman||Kolkman Racing,Motostation,Dreamscape...||Kawasaki Ninja 650||5.147||0.218||0:19.767||9|