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TWO IN A ROW FOR RED BULL KTM’S KODY KOPP AT LIMA HALF MILE
Red Bull KTM Factory Race – Lima Half-Mile
LIMA, Ohio – For the second round in a row, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Kody Kopp dominated the AFT Singles competition, sweeping everything from pole position to Main Event victory, with an impressive performance at Saturday’s Lima Half-Mile in Ohio.
After a triumphant short track win at Laconia, Kopp didn’t lose momentum as he raced into round seven of the USA Flat Track Championship. The young rider was comfortable from the start, taking first place in the AFT singles qualifier. With a great start from pole position in Semi 1, Kopp immediately charged up front and led from start to finish on the wide-open cushion track.
In the Main Event, Kopp fired off the line to capture the holeshot and the early race lead. Keeping his KTM 450 SX-F wide open for all 21 laps, the 17-year-old series points leader maintained his position for all eight minutes plus two laps, taking his fourth win of the 2022 season.
Kody Kopp: “Two in a row! We had another great day of riding, and the bike was dialed in pretty well right off the bat. It got pretty gnarly, the trail conditions were deep and I just used my ability to ride rough trails to my advantage. We had a good battle in the scoreboard with Australian Tom Drane and he actually got ahead of us, and that got me pretty motivated for the Main Event, so we put our heads down and got to work. We’re on our fourth win of the season, which is pretty crazy if you ask me. It’s an unreal feeling. This team works so well together and the bikes are perfect every weekend. We still have a long way to go, but we will keep charging and pushing because we can’t let go!
Kopp’s closest competitor all day was 16-year-old Australian rider Tom Drane, who put in a standout performance in his first AFT round of the season. After beating Kopp in the dash, Drane kept his KTM 450 SX-F within a second of the race leader for most of the Main Event, eventually finishing four seconds behind for a respectable second result.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Max Whale is still recovering from a knee injury suffered earlier this season. Whale’s recovery time is daily at this point and the Aussie native will be hoping to get back to racing in the next two rounds.
Next race: New York Short Track – Weedsport, New York – July 2, 2022
Round 7 Results – Lima Half-Mile
AFT Singles Main Event
1. Kody Kopp, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2. Tom Drane, KTM
3. Chase Saathoff, Honda
5. James Ott, KTM
9. Hunter Bauer, KTM
14. Travis Petton IV, KTM
AFT Singles Points Rankings (After Round 7)
1. Kody Kopp, 155 points
2. Morgen Mischler, 124
3. Dalton Gauthier, 102
5. Max Whale, 89
8. James Ott, 58
13. Hunter Bauer, 41
14. Travis Petton IV, 34
20. Ryan Wells, 18
More, according to a press release issued by Indian Motorcycle:
INDIAN MOTORCYCLE PRIVATEER BRANDON ROBINSON TAKES FIRST VICTORY OF 2022 AFTER INCREASED BATTLE AT LIMA HALF-MILE
Win Marks Robinson’s first in Lima since 2016
Defending champion and Indian Wrecking Crew rider Jared Mees finished third,
Maintains its top position in the SuperTwins ranking
Minneapolis, Minnesota. (June 27, 2022) – Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, continued its 2022 American Flat Track (AFT) season Saturday night under the lights of Allen County Fairground for the Lima Half-Mile, where Indian Motorcycle privateer Brandon Robinson won his first win of the season after a bar-to-bar battle aboard his #44 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750. Joining Robinson on the podium was Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew rider and defending champion Jared Mees, who finished the evening’s main event in third place.
At the start of the race, Robinson launched close to the front of the field, changing position several times during the opening laps before dropping into second. Near the 8-minute mark, Robinson snuck inside JD Beach to take the lead, setting the pace for the runners behind him. He continued to ride unchallenged up front, opening a small gap to the rest of the field. With three minutes and two laps remaining, Dallas Daniels pulled one back as the two engaged in a bar-to-bar battle. Daniels momentarily took the lead sliding into the inside corner, but Robinson quickly fired back to regain the lead. As the riders entered the final two laps, Robinson continued to hold on, maintaining his speed and position to extend his lead over Daniels. He eventually won the checkered flag, claiming victory by a margin of victory of 2.766 seconds.
“It’s a huge win for the whole team, because everyone worked hard to get the FTR750 connected. Getting on the podium after an intense battle is pretty awesome,” Robinson said. “We knew there would be strong competition when we lined up tonight. Coming out on top after a close, action-packed race really gives us some positive momentum heading into the second half of the season.
Mees, who started on the second row, struggled to find his rhythm throughout the 25-lap race. At one point, the defending champion dropped back to fifth place, but he was able to bounce back and make several passes to finish third and maintain his position atop the SuperTwins standings with 136 points.
Robinson’s first win of the season puts him fifth in the championship standings with 103 points. Indian Wrecking Crew rider Briar Bauman finished the night fourth and currently sits third in the season standings with 115 points.
The 2022 AFT season will continue on Saturday July 2 at the New York Short Track.
Sponsors of Indian Motorcycle Racing’s American Flat Track efforts include Progressive Insurance, S&S®, Indian Motorcycle Oil, Mission Foods, Bell Helmets, Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited.
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