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Jared Mees Takes Gold at X Games 2018
Monster Energy congratulates team rider Jared “Jammer” Mees on winning gold in the Harley-Davidson Flat Track event at X Games Minneapolis 2018 today. In front of a high-energy crowd, the 32-year-old from Clio, Minnesota won his second career gold in a field of 24 elite flat track racers.
The high-octane Flat Track race marked the final motorized event at the world’s premier action sports spectacle – supported by Monster Energy as the official drink sponsor for the fifth consecutive year – at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
For the first time in event history, the Harley-Davidson Flat Track race was brought indoors at U.S. Bank Stadium today. The construction crew had worked all night to transform yesterday’s motocross freestyle course into a flat track at one-eighth of a mile length. The relatively short track with its tight turns presented a challenge to even the most seasoned riders, plus the dry and slick surface punished even the slightest mishaps.
No stranger to tight courses, Mees coasted through the quarter- and semi-final that eliminated a few podium favorites to secure a spot in the final eight. Facing the short and difficult course, the winning strategy was to secure an early lead – and never look back until the finish line. At least that was the theory…
But straight out the starting gate, Mees found himself trailing behind Jeffery Carver Jr., the only racer to beat him on the Flat Track circuit this year. Looking for an inroad to make a pass, Mees finally found one on the fifth lap, when Carver’s mistake created a loophole.
From there, Mees clinched the top position and defended it on his Indian Motorcycle Racing bike until the end, trailed by Briar Bauman on his heels. By the time the field hit the 17th lap, Mees had cemented his lead into over three seconds. When the checkered flag came down, the decorated racer ended the 20-lap race with an impressive 4:00.747 overall time to claim his second career Flat Track gold medal.
“This kind of indoor short track is what I grew up on,” said Mees. "My bike was running flawless, I felt really good, and it is awesome to get a gold medal today. This is such a unique race and it is a great honor to keep getting invited back,” continued Mees on winning gold today.
Unfortunately, Jared’s Monster Energy teammate and last year’s bronze medalist Brad “The Bullet” Baker had to pull out of the competition today.
Today’s gold medal brings Mees’ X Games medal count to three (two gold, one silver). Having won silver at last year’s X Games Minneapolis, Mees is a dominant force on the American Flat Track series, where he won nine out of 11 races this season. Married to pro Flat Track racer Nicole Mees, the multiple AMA Pro Flat-Track Grand Champion started racing at the tender age of six and ranges among the most successful athletes in the sport today.