Things have been going pretty great for Monster Energy rider Jared Mees. The reigning American Flat Track Champion enjoyed a near-flawless 2017 season en route to the title, and somehow he’s managed to amass an even better title defense thus far in 2018. If there was one blip on the Indian Motorcycle Racing rider’s radar during this stretch, it has undoubtedly been the Lima Half-Mile. Fortunately for Mees, the 10th round of the season was a moment of redemption as he prevailed for his eighth official win of the season and erased the demons that haunted him one year prior.
The technical track on the Allen County Fairgrounds is near and dear to Mees, as it not only sits just a 3-hour drive from his home in Clio, Michigan but is also the event that he and his wife, Nicole, promote themselves. Fittingly enough, Indian Motorcycle serves as the title sponsor of the event, which adds even more pressure to an event that already has Mees on edge. Case in point, last season in Lima Mees failed to even qualify for the AFT Twins Main Event after he accumulated numerous penalties for jumping the start of his semi multiple times. That memory has simmered in Mees’ mind for a full year, and he was determined to make things right this time around. There was absolutely nothing that was going to stop Mees from fulfilling his destiny at his home race.