Indian motorcycles ended a successful Daytona week with a pair of wins in the King of the Baggers and an American Flat Track victory to open its 2022 racing season.
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Indian Motorcycle dominates Daytona and kicks off the 2022 racing season in spectacular fashion with wins at King Of The Baggers and American Flat Track season openers
Indian challengers go unchallenged in Round 2 of King of Baggers with a podium sweep led by Jeremy McWilliams, while Tyler O’Hara goes from last to first for a dramatic victory in Round 1 –
Finishes the weekend with the first points lead for the series
Indian Motorcycle Flat Track Wrecking Crew Rider Briar Bauman Claims 20th Career Victory at Volusia Half-Mile
Indian Motorcycle Racing dominated Bike Week at Daytona Beach and kicked off its 2022 racing season in a big way. With factory teams competing on flat track and bagger racing, Indian Motorcycle took two wins and four of six podium finishes in the King of the Baggers opening double-header at Daytona International Speedway, as well as a win at the 2022 American Flat Track season opener at the Volusia Half Mile.
Aiming to reclaim the King of the Baggers title for his Indian Challenger, Round 2 saw an all Challenger podium led by new works rider, Jeremy McWilliams, with Tyler O’Hara and Bobby Fong taking the 2nd and 3rd places. In the first round, it was inaugural King of the Baggers champion O’Hara who put the Indian Challenger on top of the box with a dramatic last-to-first victory. O’Hara finished 1st and 2nd in the opening laps to quickly take the lead in the 2022 Series points race. Meanwhile, the 2022 American Flat Track season-opening round saw Briar Bauman, Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew rider, delivering a masterful performance on his Indian Motorcycle FTR750 to claim victory at the Volusia Half-Mile.
“This weekend has been a spectacular demonstration of the incredible level of preparation, determination and skill that fuels our teams and drivers every time we line up on the grid,” said Gary Gray, VP Racing, Service. & Technology for Indian Motorcycle. “Given the fierce competition and unique challenges we face on both flat and track this season, we are certainly happy to be off to such a positive start, but we know full well that this is only the There are still plenty of races ahead of us, and we expect every race weekend to be a dogfight to the finish.
KING OF BAGERS
MotoAmerica’s King of the Baggers opening weekend was nothing short of exhilarating.
In his third year piloting the Mission® Foods S&S® Indian Challenger, O’Hare overcame considerable odds on the opening run to earn his third bagger race win. Thanks to a penalty imposed during post-qualifying inspections, O’Hara was forced to start the race from the back of the grid in 13th position. Seemingly out of phase with misfortune, O’Hara literally catapulted the start, blasting his way past more than half the field before entering the first corner. From there he worked his way to third place, where he raced for most of the race until perfectly timing an incredible move on the final lap, coming out of the chicane to power his Indian Challenger in first place and take the checkered flag.
“We took a lot of motivation from the disappointing 2021 result and invested it in intensive off-season testing and preparation to ensure we came back strong in 2022, and this weekend showed the dedication, expertise and the commitment of our entire team. “, said O’Hara. “We are convinced that we have the best bike in the paddock, and we intend to prove it again in 2022. We are off to a good start, but our competition is fierce and our work is just getting started.
Building on their victory in Round 1, Indian Motorcycle Racing took their success to an even higher level in Round 2 with a complete sweep of the Indian Challenger podium. After narrowly missing out on the podium on his Round 1 bagger racing debut, road racing veteran and new Indian Motorcycle works rider Jeremy McWilliams battled it out one-on-one with teammate Mission ® Foods S&S® Indian Challenger, O’Hara, eventually edging him out by just 0.025 seconds to claim his first King of the Baggers win and his first career win at Daytona.
But O’Hara wasn’t the only threat in this race, as he led on the final lap McWilliams rode high, leaving the door open for Indian Motorcycle privateer Bobby Fong, riding the RSD Indian Challenger built by Steve Delorenzi. Fong took full advantage and led most of the final lap, and it wasn’t until the final sprint that McWilliams, along with O’Hara, picked up Fong and made a last-minute pass. While McWilliams and O’Hara managed to pass Fong, it was McWilliams who managed to hold off O’Hara and cross the finish line by just under a bike length.
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