2022 U.S. I-70 Half-Mile Flat Track Results
larry laurent | April 24, 2022
Mees Edges Bauman in the spectacular inaugural I-70 half-mile
Progressive American Flat Track Super star Jared Mees (#1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) added to its legend in an exciting inaugural I-70 Half-Mile presented by Indian Motorcycle of Kansas City Saturday night in Odessa, Missouri.
Kansas City-area fans who waited 17 years plus a long day of largely inclement weather to see the world’s greatest motorcycle track riders battle it out, have been rewarded for their patience with an instant classic featuring featured the Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle modern day titans of the class.
Briar Bauman (#3 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) took the lead at the start, followed closely by J.D. Beach (#95 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT). Mees wasted no time in dispatching Beach to keep Bauman from thinking about running ahead, then used that momentum to smash his way into the lead for good measure.
Bauman seemed happy enough to let Mees lead; he spent most of the race sizing up his rival and trying out a few lines before the inevitable end-of-race showdown.
And Bauman’s studies almost paid off with a victory. In the final laps of the race he attempted inside and outside maneuvers, stopping alongside Mees more than once. However, his final shot was foiled as Mees deftly placed a roder between them on the final corner of the race, providing Bauman with no realistic avenue to steal the flag victory.
As a result, I-70 Motorsports Park stands as the 32nd location conquered by Mees, linking it to the iconic Chris Carr for the most part in first-class history.
“What a day,” Mees said. “Mother Nature actually played a good role for the racetrack for us. Luckily we had the race before the next storm arrived. These fast races with only one qualifying heat and straight into a Main Event are hectic You need to be on point from the start.
“What a hectic Main Event with Briar. I felt it breathing down my neck the whole time. A track like this makes a lot of little mistakes, but everyone has their share, and we held on and are arrived first at the checkered flag.
Despite a quick start, Beach was also eventually overhauled by brandon robinson (No. 44 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750) and Dallas Daniels (#32 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) before finishing his fifth slide.
Once past, Robinson teased the potential to turn the race into a three-way affair before eventually settling into third position to secure his first podium of the 22 season.
Daniels came in fourth, meaning the heralded rookie is the only driver other than two-time champion Bauman to finish fourth or better in every race this season.
Bronson Bauman (#37 Latus Motors Racing Harley-Davidson XG750R) finished sixth, followed by Mission Production Twins Challenge entrance jesse janisch (No. 33 Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R). Together the two ensured a pair of Harley-Davidson XG750Rs would finish in the top seven alongside the three Indians and two Yamahas ahead of them.
The talented Davis Fisher (BMC Racing Indian FTR750 of Bob Lanphere #67), Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750), and Brandon Prize (No. 92 Briggsauto.com/Martin Trucking Indian FTR750) finished eighth, ninth and tenth, respectively, underscoring the depth of talent in the field this season.
Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines
jesse janisch (#33 Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R) took out their Texas frustrations on the field in the form of outright dominating the night Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines. The Vance & Hines rider stormed to the front of the line and effectively dispelled any doubts within a few laps.
While Janisch established order at the front, the rest of the positions shook behind him in a way closer to chaos.
Ben Lowe (#25 Helipower Racing/Mission Foods Harley-Davidson XG750R), which topped opening practice by nearly half a second, was taken off the podium early due to a mechanical issue. In his absence, the young and aggressive trio of Billy Ross (No. 109 Mission Foods/Kawasaki Ninja 650 Roof Systems), Kolby Carlile (No. 36 KC36 Las Vegas Harley-Davidson XG750R), and Cole Zabala (No. 51 Memphis Shades/Corbin/Vinson Yamaha MT-07) threw the reapers against each other in their scrap for second place.
Despite a smoking machine, Ross made a late escape and appeared to have second position locked… That is, until his sick bike finally expired with less than a minute remaining on the clock. To add to the end-of-race drama, Zabala and Carlile suffered massive crashes in quick succession with just over a lap to go.
This development forced an early end to the contest while redoing the podium quite significantly.
At the start of the race, Janisch looked set to make huge progress in the standings after finishing 14th in Fort Worth, with the title leaders. Nick Armstrong (No. 60 Competitive Racing Frames/Lessley Brothers Yamaha MT-07) and Cory Texter (No. 1 G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing Yamaha MT-07) mired at the end of the top ten.
It didn’t turn out that way, however, as the two kept their heads down and quietly fought their way up the ranks. And by the time the red flag concluded their charge, Armstrong and Texter found themselves second and third, respectively.
Texter only narrowly earned that spot on the box, edging out fourth place Jeremiah Duffy (No. 42 Sammy O Racing/Arai Helmets Kawasaki Ninja 650) 0.087 seconds with fifth place Jordan Harris (No. 77 Roy Built / S&J Coal Mine Kawasaki Ninja 650) another 0.319 seconds back.
Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER
Minutes before Mees achieved the same feat, it was actually Kody Kopp (#12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE) who became the first repeat Progressive AFT season winner when he took the checkered flag in the Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER Main event.
And as for Mees, the realization was not easy. The race started precisely at the end of the previous Parts Unlimited AFT Singles showdown – with Kopp draped all over Morgen Mischler (#13 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) and looking for a way to pass and take the lead.
This time, however, he managed to get away with it. Kopp showed a wheel inside several times before the two finally ran the D-shaped oval side by side. A bobble from Mischler allowed Kopp to seal the overtake and provided the rising star with a clear race to victory.
However, Kopp’s decorated teammate, Max Whale (#18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE), almost had a say in this. The Aussie gobbled up Mischler after coming from afar and then tried to do the same with his young KTM stable mate, simply running out of time as he continues to seek his first win of the year.
“I feel really good,” Kopp said. “Hats off to my entire Red Bull KTM team. We’ve put in a ton of work this offseason, and I think it shows to start the season. It was a clean race and I couldn’t be happier to win our second win.
Mischler held third while Trevor Brunner (#21 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) and James Ott (#19 MediaHT/G&G Racing KTM 450 SX-F) rounded out the top five.
the I-70 half mile will premiere on FS1 Sunday, May 1 at 10:00 a.m. ET / 7:00 a.m. PT., Includes exclusive features, state-of-the-art aerial drone and onboard footage, and expert commentary.
Next step :
Progressive AFT will fight at One Mile for the first time in 2022 and will do it twice with the Mission Red Mile presented by Indian Motorcycle of Lexington doubleheader Memorial Day weekend at the Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky, May 28-29. To visit https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3722/ to book your tickets today!
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I-70 Motorsports Park – Odessa, MO
RESULTS (April 23, 2022)
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