Indian returns to US Flat Track racing

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  1. WERA689

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    INDIAN MOTORCYCLE RACING ANNOUNCES HISTORIC RETURN TO AMA PRO FLAT TRACK


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    MINNEAPOLIS (June 14, 2016) — Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, is proud to announce its re-entry into the AMA Pro Flat Track series with its first full-factory racing effort since the 1950s.

    AMA Pro Flat Track is highly competitive and has evolved into a demanding, technical and specialized event that typically sees bar-to-bar action and sublime motorcycle control at high speeds on varied dirt surfaces. The Indian Motorcycle Racing Team will contest the series with an all new and proprietary liquid-cooled 750cc four-valve V-Twin competition engine specifically designed for flat track and engineered into a specially built chassis.

    Indian Motorcycle has a significant history in flat track, at one time dominating the sport with legendary riders and motorcycles. Perhaps best-known was the Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew, consisting of Bill Tuman, Bobby Hill and Ernie Beckman, who won race after race and carried the message of power, balance and quality that lives on in today’s Indian® Scout®.

    Multi-time AMA Grand National Champion Jared Mees will join the Indian Motorcycle Racing Team as a test rider in 2016. Mees, 30, won the AMA Grand National Twins Championship in 2009, AMA Grand National Singles Championship in 2012, and the unified AMA Grand National Championship (GNC1) title in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

    “We are very excited to return to the AMA Circuit,” says Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “We have established the new Indian Chief and Scout series as the cornerstones of our production line-up, and now is the time for us to return to racing in a big way. We know that fans of Indian Motorcycle have been anticipating this announcement and can’t wait to see Indian Racing back in action.”

    indian motorcycle racing announces historic return to ama pro flat track | Indian Motorcycle
     
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    This is great news! Thanks for the post.
     
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    Here is a video preview. I can't wait to see the full bike. Everything I've seen and read stresses this is race-only, but it would be cool to see a Ducati Scrambler competitor based on this. It is also going to be awesome to watch them kick that new water cooled 750 cc Harley's ass in flat track.

    EXCLUSIVE TECHNICAL PREVIEW: Indian’s New FTR750 Dirt-Track Race Engine
     
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    Yeeeee Hawwww!
     
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    Let the Indian wrecking crew commence to kicking a$$ and taking names. Let's pick up right where we left off !!!
     
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    Good Lord this is exciting. Proud to be a part owner of Indian. See you in the winner's circle.
     
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    But...but...but I thought Polaris was abandoning Indian because they just weren't selling enough... :)

    This is seriously cool news!


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    Great News, let the war continue.

    Thanks for the lead on the engine Geromino, sounds like Indian is really putting the right engineering into the new race engine and I'm sure it will really pay off competing against a 40+ year old band aided design of the competition.
     
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    Well if Indian is on the track in September as stated, I may get a chance to see them in person. HOPE HOPE HOPE!
     
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    so can we expect a 750cc Indian on the showroom floor somtime next year?
     
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    Springfield il. would be a great place to start it off it is the Daytona of flat track racing and Mees always runs good there there is great racing on labor day weekend there and is close to me
     
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    Springfield would be great, although it is a mile course and a real test of any motor, let alone a brand new one. I'm sure Polaris fully tested the motor...but under race conditions, well we will just have to wait and see.
     
  13. MasterBlaster

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    This would sure beat those silly Hooligan barrel races.
    HD and Indian competing in real flat track is good for motorcycles. I grew up watching flat track/TT and I miss it.
     
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    They had an indian at the spring race it was some sort of scout 60 model it was not in the expert class did not do so well but it was ridden by an inexperienced rider i think it finished about ninth you can watch it on fans choice.tv
     
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    Good luck to the race team and to this project . But I wonder if it will help sell more bikes ?
     

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