American Flat Track: Running Results From Sacramento Mile II (Updated Again)

American Flat Track: Running Results From Sacramento Mile II (Updated Again)

© 2021, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. By David Swarts.

Sacramento Mile II/American Flat Track

Cal Expo

Sacramento, California

September 12, 2021

AFT Mission SuperTwins Provisional Free Practice 1 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Sammy Halbert (Ind), 38.430

2. Jared Mees (Ind), 38.583

3. Davis Fisher (Ind), 38.793

4. Brandon Robinson (Ind), 38.813

5. Jarod Vanderkooi (Ind), 38.933

6. Brandon Price (Ind), 39.045

7. Briar Bauman (Ind), 39.067

8. Robert Pearson (Ind), 39.078

9. JD Beach (Yam), 39.272

10. Kolby Carlile (Yam), 39.297

11. Bryan Smith (Ind), 39.304

12. James Rispoli (Har), 39.419

 

 

AFT Singles Provisional Free Practice 1 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Dallas Daniels (Yam), 39.885

2. Tanner Dean (Hon), 39.924

3. Michael Rush (Yam), 39.981

4. Shayna Texter-Bauman (KTM), 40.030

5. Michael Inderbitzin (Hon), 40.125

6. Trevor Brunner (Hon), 40.132

7. Ryan Wells (Hon), 40.171

8. Cole Zabala (Hon), 40.196

9. Travis Petton IV (Hon), 40.310

10. Kevin Stollings (Hon), 40.336

11. Tyler Raggio (Hon), 40.351

12. Max Whale (KTM), 40.369

13. Kody Kopp (Hon), 40.395

14. Morgen Mischler (KTM), 40.410

15. Andrew Luker (Yam), 40.414

16. Trent Lowe (Suz), 40.437

17. Grant Holmes (Suz), 40.576

18. Damon Ream (KTM), 40.626

19. Jacob Lehmann (Hon), 40.632

20. Aidan RoosEvans (Hon), 40.718

21. Jared Lowe (Hon), 40.910

22. Ezra Brusky (Hon), 40.915

23. Andre Ochs (KTM), 41.253

24. Clayton Williams (Hon), 41.256

25. Noah Miller (Hon), 41.546

26. Jacob Cascio (Yam), 41.553

27. Michael Hill (Yam), 42.162

 

 

AFT Production Twins Provisional Free Practice 1 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Cory Texter (Yam), 38.817

2. Chad Cose (Har), 38.826

3. Morgen Mischler (Har), 39.122

4. Jesse Janisch (Har), 39.176

5. Nick Armstrong (Yam), 39.234

6. Ben Lowe (Har), 39.299

7. Dan Bromley (Yam), 39.323

8. Kasey Sciscoe (Kaw), 39.381

9. Jeremiah Duffy (Kaw), 39.400

10. Patrick Buchanan (Har), 39.557

11. Michael Hill (Yam), 39.769

12. Tanner Dean (Kaw), 39.808

13. Jimmy McAllister (Kaw), 40.728

14. Gary Ketchum (Kaw), 41.662

 

 

AFT Mission SuperTwins Provisional Free Practice 2 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Jared Mees (Ind), 37.982

2. Briar Bauman (Ind), 38.306

3. Sammy Halbert (Ind), 38.312

4. Davis Fisher (Ind), 38.327

5. Brandon Robinson (Ind), 38.454

6. Bryan Smith (Ind), 38.566

7. Brandon Price (Ind), 38.657

8. Jarod Vanderkooi (Ind), 38.685

9. Kolby Carlile (Yam), 38.819

10. Robert Pearson (Ind), 38.820

11. JD Beach (Yam), 38.889

12. James Rispoli (Har), 39.020

 

 

AFT Singles Provisional Qualifying 1 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Cole Zabala (Hon), 39.036

2. Trent Lowe (Suz), 39.064

3. Trevor Brunner (Hon), 39.133

4. Dallas Daniels (Yam), 39.196

5. Max Whale (KTM), 39.206

6. Michael Rush (Yam), 39.234

7. Kevin Stollings (Hon), 39.308

8. Shayna Texter-Bauman (KTM), 39.310

9. Michael Inderbitzin (Hon), 39.315

10. Tyler Raggio (Hon), 39.353

11. Andrew Luker (Yam), 39.626

12. Ryan Wells (Hon), 39.629

13. Tanner Dean (Hon), 39.652

14. Kody Kopp (Hon), 39.666

15. Aidan RoosEvans (Hon), 39.680

16. Andre Ochs (KTM), 39.718

17. Jacob Lehmann (Hon), 39.798

18. Travis Petton IV (Hon), 39.810

19. Morgen Mischler (KTM), 39.927

20. Clayton Williams (Hon), 39.981

21. Jared Lowe (Hon), 40.029

22. Ezra Brusky (Hon), 40.046

23. Damon Ream (KTM), 40.447

24. Noah Miller (Hon), 40.776

25. Jacob Cascio (Yam), 41.030

26. Michael Hill (Yam), 56.860

27. Grant Holmes (Suz), no time recorded

 

 

AFT Production Twins Provisional Qualifying 1 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Cory Texter (Yam), 37.657

2. Ben Lowe (Har), 38.013

3. Chad Cose (Har), 38.237

4. Morgen Mischler (Har), 38.240

5. Nick Armstrong (Yam), 38.343

6. Kasey Sciscoe (Kaw), 38.485

7. Tanner Dean (Kaw), 38.542

8. Jesse Janisch (Har), 38.676

9. Patrick Buchanan (Har), 38.740

10. Dan Bromley (Yam), 38.742

11. Michael Hill (Yam), 38.962

12. Jeremiah Duffy (Kaw), 39.268

13. Gary Ketchum (Kaw), 40.185

14. Jimmy McAllister (Kaw), 40.369

 

 

AFT Mission SuperTwins Provisional Qualifying 1 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Jared Mees (Ind), 36.896

2. Briar Bauman (Ind), 36.983

3. Sammy Halbert (Ind), 37.216

4. Davis Fisher (Ind), 37.226

5. Brandon Robinson (Ind), 37.233

6. Jarod Vanderkooi (Ind), 37.402

7. Bryan Smith (Ind), 37.749

8. Brandon Price (Ind), 37.826

9. JD Beach (Yam), 37.826

10. Robert Pearson (Ind), 38.069

11. Kolby Carlile (Yam), 38.124

12. James Rispoli (Har), 38.402

 

 

AFT Singles Provisional Qualifying 2 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Cole Zabala (Hon), 37.881

2. Trent Lowe (Suz), 37.955

3. Michael Inderbitzin (Hon), 38.058

4. Tyler Raggio (Hon), 38.101

5. Max Whale (KTM), 38.117

6. Trevor Brunner (Hon), 38.122

7. Aidan RoosEvans (Hon), 38.159

8. Kody Kopp (Hon), 38.186

9. Dallas Daniels (Yam), 38.220

10. Michael Rush (Yam), 38.224

11. Morgen Mischler (KTM), 38.256

12. Tanner Dean (Hon), 38.389

13. Ryan Wells (Hon), 38.457

14. Kevin Stollings (Hon), 38.505

15. Andrew Luker (Yam), 38.845

16. Jacob Lehmann (Hon), 38.871

17. Damon Ream (KTM), 38.938

18. Shayna Texter-Bauman (KTM), 39.046

19. Travis Petton IV (Hon), 39.160

20. Ezra Brusky (Hon), 39.288

21. Jared Lowe (Hon), 39.333

22. Andre Ochs (KTM), 39.354

23. Michael Hill (Yam), 39.694

24. Jacob Cascio (Yam), 39.727

25. Clayton Williams (Hon), 39.817

26. Noah Miller (Hon), 40.095

27. Grant Holmes (Suz), no time recorded

 

 

AFT Production Twins Provisional Qualifying 2 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Chad Cose (Har), 36.935

2. Cory Texter (Yam), 36.987

3. Tanner Dean (Kaw), 37.064

4. Jesse Janisch (Har), 37.116

5. Morgen Mischler (Har), 37.301

6. Dan Bromley (Yam), 37.397

7. Nick Armstrong (Yam), 37.527

8. Ben Lowe (Har), 37.554

9. Jeremiah Duffy (Kaw), 37.669

10. Kasey Sciscoe (Kaw), 37.755

11. Patrick Buchanan (Har), 37.915

12. Michael Hill (Yam), 38.082

13. Jimmy McAllister (Kaw), 39.852

14. Gary Ketchum (Kaw), 39.864

 

 

AFT Mission SuperTwins Provisional Qualifying 2 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Jared Mees (Ind), 36.272

2. Briar Bauman (Ind), 36.398

3. Brandon Robinson (Ind), 36.601

4. Sammy Halbert (Ind), 36.627

5. Davis Fisher (Ind), 36.699

6. Bryan Smith (Ind), 36.809

7. Jarod Vanderkooi (Ind), 36.852

8. JD Beach (Yam), 36.864

9. James Rispoli (Har), 36.995

10. Brandon Price (Ind), 37.051

11. Robert Pearson (Ind), 37.522

12. Kolby Carlile (Yam), 37.634

 

 

Provisional Mission SuperTwins Semi 1 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Jared Mees (Ind), 8 laps

2. Jarod Vanderkooi (Ind), -05.385 seconds

3. Davis Fisher (Ind), -05.448

4. Brandon Robinson (Ind), -05.802

5. James Rispoli (Har), -10.679

6. Robert Pearson (Ind), -11.198

 

 

Provisional Mission SuperTwins Semi 2 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Sammy Halbert (Ind), 8 laps

2. Briar Bauman (Ind), -00.040 seconds

3. Bryan Smith (Ind), -00.899

4. Brandon Price (Ind), -03.136

5. JD Beach (Yam), -03.344

6. Kolby Carlile (Yam), -04.693

 

 

Provisional AFT Production Twins Semi 1 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Chad Cose (Har), 8 laps

2. Tanner Dean (Kaw), -02.576 seconds

3. Nick Armstrong (Yam), -02.585

4. Morgen Mischler (Har), -02.643

5. Patrick Buchanan (Har), -07.385

6. Jeremiah Duffy (Kaw), -07.411

 

 

Provisional AFT Production Twins Semi 2 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Cory Texter (Yam), 8 laps

2. Jesse Janisch (Har), -04.088 seconds

3. Ben Lowe (Har), -07.633

4. Dan Bromley (Yam), -08.984

5. Kasey Sciscoe (Kaw), -09.582

6. Michael Hill (Yam), -14.279

 

 

Provisional AFT Singles Semi 1 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Dallas Daniels (Yam), 8 laps

2. Max Whale (KTM), -00.020 seconds

3. Morgen Mischler (KTM), -00.177

4. Cole Zabala (Hon), -03.627

5. Michael Inderbitzin (Hon), -05.334

6. Aidan RoosEvans (Hon), -05.418

7. Travis Petton IV (Hon), -05.458

8. Damon Ream (KTM), -06.021

9. Andrew Luker (Yam), -07.639

10. Ryan Wells (Hon), -09.888

11. Jared Lowe (Hon), -19.557

12. Michael Hill (Yam), -19.663

13. Clayton Williams (Hon), -20.094

 

 

Provisional AFT Singles Semi 2 Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Trevor Brunner (Hon), 8 laps

2. Tanner Dean (Hon), -00.048 seconds

3. Michael Rush (Yam), -00.076

4. Trent Lowe (Suz), -00.157

5. Shayna Texter-Bauman (KTM), -00.458

6. Kevin Stollings (Hon), -01.149

7. Tyler Raggio (Hon), -01.204

8. Kody Kopp (Hon), -01.401

9. Jacob Lehmann (Hon), -05.044

10. Andre Ochs (KTM), -11.285

11. Ezra Brusky (Hon), -11.608

12. Jacob Cascio (Yam), -17.041

13. Noah Miller (Hon), -17.073

 

 

Provisional Mission SuperTwins Mission Challenge Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Jared Mees (Ind), 4 laps

2. Sammy Halbert (Ind), -02.323 seconds

3. Briar Bauman (Ind), -02.746

4. Jarod Vanderkooi (Ind), -1 lap

 

 

Provisional AFT Production Twins Main Event Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Cory Texter (Yam), 19 laps

2. Chad Cose (Har), -00.015 seconds

3. Morgen Mischler (Har), -07.847

4. Nick Armstrong (Yam), -15.206

5. Ben Lowe (Har), -15.337

6. Patrick Buchanan (Har), -29.560

7. Dan Bromley (Yam), -29.695

8. Michael Hill (Yam), -35.314

9. Kasey Sciscoe (Kaw), -1 lap, -26.500

10. Tanner Dean (Kaw), -8 laps, -**.***

11. Jesse Janisch (Har), -11 laps, -00.***

12. Jeremiah Duffy (Kaw), -17 laps

 

 

Provisional AFT Singles Main Event Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Trevor Brunner (Hon), 18 laps

2. Dallas Daniels (Yam), -00.024 seconds

3. Shayna Texter-Bauman (KTM), -00.093

4. Michael Rush (Yam), -00.186

5. Tanner Dean (Hon), -00.329

6. Morgen Mischler (KTM), -00.435

7. Max Whale (KTM), -03.370

8. Kody Kopp (Hon), -07.928

9. Cole Zabala (Hon), -07.933

10. Trent Lowe (Suz), -07.964

11. Damon Ream (KTM), -08.029

12. Kevin Stollings (Hon), -08.107

13. Aidan RoosEvans (Hon), -08.272

14. Michael Inderbitzin (Hon), -08.340

15. Tyler Raggio (Hon), -08.604

16. Jacob Lehmann (Hon), -11.518

17. Travis Petton IV (Hon), -19.314

 

 

Provisional Mission SuperTwins Main Event Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Jared Mees (Ind), 25 laps

2. Bryan Smith (Ind), -03.351 seconds

3. Briar Bauman (Ind), -03.463

4. Jarod Vanderkooi (Ind), -03.503

5. Davis Fisher (Ind), -03.541

6. Brandon Price (Ind), -03.843

7. Brandon Robinson (Ind), -05.159

8. Sammy Halbert (Ind), -05.236

9. Kolby Carlile (Yam), -12.742

10. JD Beach (Yam), -9 laps

11. Robert Pearson (Ind), -12 laps

12. James Rispoli (Har), -13 laps

 

 

More, from a press release issued by American Flat Track (AFT):

Mees Gains Upper Hand with an Assist from Smith in Sacramento Mile II

Brunner and Texter go two-for-two in AFT Production Twins and AFT Singles.

 

Jared Mees (9). Photo courtesy AFT.
Jared Mees (9). Photo courtesy AFT.

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (September 12, 2021) – The Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) domination tour continued unabated in Sunday’s hugely consequential Law Tigers Sacramento Mile II presented by Knauf Insulation at Cal Expo in Sacramento, California.

Mees’ second consecutive double victory saw the former Grand National Champion seize control of the Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle championship lead heading into next month’s Progressive American Flat Track season finale.

Mees was again in a class of his own. He blasted away from the pack almost immediately and quickly assembled a multi-second lead.  And then he did it again when forced due to a red flag and restart at mid-distance.

The win alone would have guaranteed Mees a one-point title lead, but his advantage is actually four courtesy of  #4, Bryan Smith (No. 4 Crosley/Howerton Motorsports Indian FTR750). Mees has himself to thank for that extra bit of padding as well, as he lent Smith a spare machine after the retiring legend struggled to get his primary machine working to his liking.

While he may have only wanted to send his old rival off in suitable fashion, Mees was more than repaid for his generosity when Smith dove up the inside of defending champion Briar Bauman (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) on the final lap to beat him to the line to claim second.

After earning his 60th career premier-class win, Mees said, “I feel amazing. Right after Peoria there was a 25-point gap and five races to go. If I won them all, I would gain 25 points exactly if Briar finished second. So, I figured I have to win all these things. I knew I had a really good shot on the Miles — our Mile program the past few years has been very, very strong. We’ll come to Charlotte and try to get it done. Briar will be very tough — he’s a really great Half-Mile guy.

“All said and done, I give a huge shout out to B. Smith — my buddy. That’s so awesome… To turn around and see the big #4 come across that line… I was more pumped to see Bryan get second on my bike than I was for winning it. That’s so cool.”

Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750), Davis Fisher (No. 67 BMC Racing/Dick Wall 60 Indian FTR750) and Brandon Price (No. 92 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750) finished just fractions of a second off the podium in fourth-through-sixth, respectively.

Meanwhile, Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Coolbeth-Nila Racing Indian FTR750), took a frustrating eighth behind Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750). Halbert was a race-long contender for the box before encountering a mechanical issue on the last lap, which opened the door for Smith’s strike to steal away second.

Yamaha teammates Kolby Carlile (No. 36 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) and JD Beach (No. 95 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) rounded out the top ten.

Now the stage is set. Mees sits at 292 points and Bauman 288. Should either rider win the Charlotte Half-Mile they will be the 2021 Mission SuperTwins champion, simple as that.

AFT Singles

Trevor Brunner (No. 21 American Honda/Progressive Insurance CRF450R) made clear that yesterday’s last-lap acing of AFT Singles superstars Dallas Daniels (No. 1 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F) and Shayna Texter-Bauman (No. 52 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE) was no fluke.

The youngster completed the Sacramento Mile double in almost identical fashion, leaving Turn 4 for the last time with the same two imposing figures hiding in his draft. And he again beat them both to the checkered flag, flexing the muscles of a very fleet CRF450R in the process.

The only real change that this time around was that Daniels came the closest to finding a solution to beating Brunner to the flag. He finished 0.023 behind in second, while Texter-Bauman was another 0.069 seconds back in third.

A reflective Brunner said, “I started off the season pretty rough. I just had to dig deep and focus on my training again and my racecraft. At past races, I’ve made some decisions during the race that weren’t the best, and that’s what’s put me behind the lead pack. So focusing on my endurance and my racecraft is really what’s helped me these past couple races.”

While the podium featured the same three riders, the race was very much a six-rider affair. Mikey Rush (No. 15 Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F), Tanner Dean (No. 38 1st Impressions Race Team Honda CRF450R), and Morgen Mischler (No. 13 Mission Roof Systems KTM 450 SX-F) were also a part of an amorphous pack that took a new shape in almost every corner.

In the end, Rush wound up fourth for the second consecutive day with Dean and Mischler five and sixth, respectively.

Max Whale (No. 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE) broke free from a huge second group to take seventh. That effort — combined with Daniels’ near miss of the victory — means Whale is still alive in the title fight if only just. Daniels now boasts a 20-point advantage (268-248) with just the Charlotte HM finale to go.

AFT Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines

Newly recrowned AFT Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines champion Cory Texter (No. 65 G&G Racing/Yamaha Racing MT-07) didn’t ease up any despite Saturday’s title lock.

After threatening to celebrate his triumph in a extended victory lap-style runaway, Texter was tracked down and seriously challenged by Chad Cose (No. 49 Voodoo Ranger/Roof Systems Harley-Davidson XG750R) for Sunday’s win.

“California Kid” Cose wanted this one badly, and it showed on track. He reeled Texter back in, arriving on his tail with just over two minutes remaining. He then made his (initial) move with 45 seconds remaining on the clock, and the two proceeded to measure up their respective late-race strategies. The lead was traded back and forth on four occasions over the final minute and two laps. And it was very nearly five, as Cose came up 0.015 seconds short of pulling off one final slingshot before the two stormed past the checkered flag.

Even then the drama wasn’t quite over, as Texter crashed into the Turn 1 air fence moments after earning his seventh win of the season.

Fortunately, Texter immediately jumped up to his feet unscathed. He said, “I saw Chad coming. I knew I could kinda chess-match him a bit. I wanted to lead off (Turn) 4 because that Yamaha power is strong. I love racing Chad. He’s one of my buddies, and when you can trust a guy like that, it’s a lot of fun.

“After the checkers… too much send and not enough grip. I just couldn’t stop. I was like, ‘I ain’t saving this…’ so I pitched it away and gave the guys something to do in the offseason. But seriously, the G&G Racing team stay in hotels pretty much all summer away from their homes. It’s a father and a son, and they do so much for me to allow me to chase my dreams. I’m really appreciative of them.”

Jesse Janisch (No. 96 Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XG750R) had a fourth AFT Production Twins podium in five starts in his grasp before a mechanical issue removed him from contention. His friend and fellow V&H wildcard, Morgen Mischler (No. 13 Vance & Hines/Mission Foods Harley-Davidson XG750R), inherited the position and was all too happy to cash in his second podium in four ‘21 class starts.

Nick Armstrong (No. 60 Lessley Brothers Racing Yamaha MT-07) was finally rewarded for his strong weekend form with a run to fourth, while Ben Lowe (No. 25 Mission Roof Systems Harley-Davidson XG750R) completed the top five.

The Law Tigers Sacramento Mile I & II presented by Knauf Insulation will premiere back-to-back on NBCSN on Sunday, September 26, starting at 11:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. PT, including exclusive features and cutting-edge aerial drone and onboard footage.

Next Up:

The championship contenders of Progressive American Flat Track will have a few weeks to ready themselves for what’s promising to be an epic finale: the Charlotte Half-Mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina, on  Friday, October 8. Purchase your tickets now at https://store.americanflattrack.com/ebooking/ticket/view/id/3325/#selectTickets. For those viewing from home, live coverage will be available on any device for only $1.99 a month via TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.

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More, from a press release issued by KTM Factory Racing:

RED BULL KTM’S SHAYNA TEXTER-BAUMAN GOES TWO-FOR-TWO ON PODIUM FINISHES AT SACRAMENTO MILE DOUBLE-HEADER

Rounds 15 & 16 – American Flat Track Championship

SACRAMENTO – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Shayna Texter-Bauman had an impressive showing at the Sacramento Mile double-header over the weekend as she claimed two-for-two podium finishes in the highly-competitive AFT Singles class. Serving as rounds 15 and 16 of the American Flat Track Championship, the jam-packed race weekend provided one last stop before the series culminates with its final round next month and team rider Max Whale experienced a tough go with 7-7 results at the penultimate stop, now dropping him to 20 points behind in the championship standings.

ROUND 15

Texter-Bauman, the 2019 Sacramento Mile winner, came into the weekend with high expectations and she more than delivered with a pair of strong podium finishes. On Saturday, Shayna placed her KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into a second-place qualifying position, which set a positive tone for the rest of the weekend. With a front row start in the Main Event, Shayna powered her way off the line to secure a second-place start and she battled inside the top-four early on. She maintained top-five positions for the rest of the laps, making a last-ditch effort to go for the podium late in the race. From fifth to second in the last three laps, Shayna locked in second-place, finishing only 0.024 seconds away from her third win of the season.

Her teammate and championship hopeful, Max Whale, had a more challenging start to the race weekend. Coming into the Main Event with a Row 2 start, Whale put his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into third right away but he struggled to maintain the pace of the front-runners and settled into sixth. While working his way forward, Whale got hit and was taken off the racing line late in the race, falling back to 10th as a result. Rallying back, Whale made a last-lap pass to secure seventh on the first night.

ROUND 16

With her second-best finish of the season the night before, Texter-Bauman came into day two with great momentum. It wasn’t the start she was looking for in the Main Event from the third row but the all-time winningest AFT Singles rider did what she needed to do in order to fight for a podium spot. Just after the halfway point, Shayna came on strong to overtake third and once again engage in an intense battle up front. Finishing only 0.069 seconds behind second-place, Shayna secured a third-place podium finish at the Sacramento Mile II. With two solid finishes, Shayna vaulted herself up four spots in the championship standings, where she now sits eighth with one round remaining.

 

Shayna Texter-Bauman (52). Photo courtesy KTM Factory Racing.
Shayna Texter-Bauman (52). Photo courtesy KTM Factory Racing.

 

Texter-Bauman: “Overall, it was a great weekend for me. I’m really happy to come away with two podium finishes and I moved up four spots in the championship back up to eighth place. I finally got to a racetrack that suits my style and gives me a chance to go out there and show how far we’ve come with the new settings on the bike. We finally got the motorcycle back to where I’m comfortable and I’m excited to head to Charlotte and see what we can do.”

 

Max Whale (18). Photo courtesy KTM Factory Racing.
Max Whale (18). Photo courtesy KTM Factory Racing.

 

For Whale, day two had a positive start as he battled for the lead in Semi 1 before ultimately securing a second-place transfer into the Main Event. With a sixth-place start in the main, Whale again found himself struggling for the first six laps and he settled into seventh midway through the race. Putting in consistently fast laps late in the race, the Aussie was able to maintain his position in seventh but there just wasn’t enough time to make any more passes. With 7-7 results on the weekend, Whale has now dropped 20 points back in the AFT Singles Championship.

Whale: “I struggled a lot this weekend in Sacramento and came home with a pair of P7 finishes both days. For the Main Event today, I was in the front row and just struggled early in the race with the tire. We went to a newer tire and the first 6-7 laps I couldn’t get traction, and then it finally started coming in and I started putting down some good lap-times but by then it was too late. I broke away from the pack behind me and was catching the lead group for the last five laps but it was too little, too late. I just want to thank the team for the effort.”

Next Race (finale): Charlotte Half-Mile – Charlotte, North Carolina – October 8

AFT Singles Results – Round 15

1. Trevor Brunner, Honda

2. Shayna Texter-Bauman – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

3. Dallas Daniels, Yamaha
OTHER KTM

6. Morgen Mischler, KTM

7. Max Whale – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

16. Damon Ream, KTM
AFT Singles Results – Round 16

1. Trevor Brunner, Honda

2. Dallas Daniels, Yamaha

3. Shayna Texter-Bauman – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
OTHER KTM

6. Morgen Mischler, KTM

7. Max Whale – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

11. Damon Ream, KTM

 
AFT Singles Point Standings (After Round 16 of 17)

1. Dallas Daniels, 268 points

2. Max Whale – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, 248

3. Morgen Mischler, 221
OTHER KTM

8. Shayna Texter-Bauman – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, 135

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Indian Motorcycle:

INDIAN MOTORCYCLE WRECKING CREW RIDER JARED MEES CLAIMS LEAD FOLLOWING SACRAMENTO MILE DOUBLEHEADER

With One Race Remaining, Indian Motorcycle Racing Two-Man Factory Team Set to Battle for 2021 SuperTwins Grand National Championship

 

Jared Mees (9). Photo courtesy Indian Motorcycle.
Jared Mees (9). Photo courtesy Indian Motorcycle.

 

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, and its two-man factory race team are set to battle it out for the brand’s fifth consecutive rider championship. Jared Mees, winner of the last four races, took control and secured the top spot on the SuperTwins leaderboard with just one race remaining. Wrecking Crew teammate and reigning two-time SuperTwins champion, Briar Bauman, finished the weekend with back-to-back third-place finishes.

On Saturday, Mees wasted no time getting out ahead of the Main early and fast. He came into the weekend with first place in mind, as he makes a late-season push to claim his seventh-career Grand National Championship. The race quickly became a competition for the other two podium positions, as Mees distanced himself with a comfortable lead that allowed him to cruise past the finish line while celebrating with both hands in the air. Six riders joined the battle for second and third, which led to last-lap heroics by Indian Motorcycle privateer Jarod Vanderkooi, as he secured his fourth second-place finish of the season.

During Sunday’s Main, Mees took control after a few laps and began to distance himself. Bauman again caught himself in a battle for second – exchanging passes with Indian Motorcycle privateer Sammy Halbert. Both Bauman and Halbert were followed closely by Vanderkooi and fellow Indian Motorcycle privateer Bryan Smith, who recently made his retirement announcement and was riding Mees’ back-up bike. Just as Mees finished with ease, the pack battling for second saw Smith make an incredible two-rider pass and finish his legendry 20-year career with a second-place finish.

“What an amazing weekend in Sacramento. Not only do we have our two star riders set to go head-to-head for the 2021 championship, but fans got to witness Bryan Smith finish his illustrious career with a second-place, podium finish and take one last victory lap with his good friend and long-time rival, Jared Mees,” said Gary Gray, Vice President of Racing, Service & Technology. “This is what racing is all about, and exactly the type of finale the fans want to see, as Briar strives for his third-consecutive championship and Jared his seventh.”

With 60 career wins, six championships, and multiple records, Mees has been vocal about his career goal to reach Scottie Parker’s record of nine championships. Leading Bauman by four points, Mees has finished strong, winning five of the last six races, and put himself in a position to recapture the No. 1 plate.

The 2021 AFT season will conclude with the Charlotte Half-Mile on Friday, October 8, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®

Indian Motorcycle is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Yamaha:

Daniels Expands Points Lead with Double Podium at Sacramento Mile

 

Estenson Yamaha teammates Dallas Daniels (1) and Mikey Rush (15) at the Sacramento Mile. Photo courtesy Yamaha.
Estenson Yamaha teammates Dallas Daniels (1) and Mikey Rush (15) at the Sacramento Mile. Photo courtesy Yamaha.

 

Estenson Racing’s Dallas Daniels came away with a pair of podiums in two thrilling battles on the legendary Sacramento Mile last weekend at the Progressive American Flat Track Doubleheader in Sacramento, California. With one round remaining, the defending AFT Singles Champion’s third- and second-place finish was a big boost to his 2021 title hopes. Teammate Mikey Rush scored a pair of fourth-place finishes in the multi-rider drafting war. Mission SuperTwins rider JD Beach finished fifth in Saturday’s Mile but unfortunately, the challenging conditions on Sunday resulted in 10th. Kolby Carlile also came back from adversity with an 11-9 result.

Riding the wave of his stellar sweep of Springfield, Daniels showed strength straight away at the Sacramento Mile I and topped the timesheets. When the racing got underway, it was an absolute dog fight with multiple riders in line on the grooved track fighting for victory. The defending champ was shuffled to fourth in his Semi, which gave him a less than ideal second-row spot on the grid, but he was able to get a good start and work his way to the front. On the last lap, he was second and tried to draft to victory, but came just short of a three-rider photo finish in third.

Daniels came out swinging on day two with a win in his Semi. The Sacramento Mile II Main Event was another multi-rider fight, and once again, the Illinois rider was right there for that drag race to the finish, crossing the line .023 of a second behind the race winner. In the end, it was an important points haul for the 18-year-old, giving him a 20-point lead heading into the finale.

Rush was also in the hunt for victory at his home race in Northern California. The veteran finished second and third in his Semis and got a good start in both Mains. He was right there in the mix in that wild first Main Event. He worked to position himself in a spot for the run to the checkers but came up a little short of the podium finish. In the second Main Event, he was right there as well but ultimately crossed the line fourth.

In the Mission SuperTwins class, Beach’s prowess of getting good starts paid off. He had a good start in his Semi in second but unfortunately got bumped off the groove and was shuffled back to fifth, which put him on the back row of the grid. The dirt track/road racer got another great start in the Main Event in sixth. He was bumped off the groove again to seventh but put his head down and fought his way to a top-five finish for his best result with the team on a Mile. Beach got another great start into the top five in the second Main Event, but the day race made for challenging conditions at the Cal Expo, and he was unable to finish and was credited with 10th.

Carlile had a tough first day on the Sacramento Mile but did what he could to salvage 11th with some issues that had him unable to ride to his full potential. He and the team came back for Sunday’s second round and put together a good setup to have him fighting in the Main Event. He was having a good race and was working his way forward until, unfortunately, he had a technical issue. The race was red-flagged, and he was able to restart at the back on his backup bike and rebounded to end the day ninth.

The Estenson Racing team gets a month’s break before they return to battle at the Progressive American Flat Track season finale at the Charlotte Half-Mile on October 8 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Tommy Hayden – Estenson Racing Team Manager

“The first night in Sacramento went pretty well for us. In the 450 race, both guys were looking good all day. Mile racing on the 450 is really tight, and it really comes down to getting yourself in the right position and drafting. I thought our guys had themselves in a good position and could easily win either way. The SuperTwins guys had a pretty good day as well. It seemed like the track was suiting our bike pretty well. JD showed some good speed all day and in the Main Event, was in a pretty good battle for the podium. Unfortunately, Kolby had some kind of small issue but did what he could to finish.

“It was another good points day for us on the second day at Sacramento. For Dallas on the 450, both races were really tough. Both of our guys were in the lead pack battling for the lead the whole race, but again, it really just came down to strategy and drafting. Dallas looked like he was in a good spot but just came up a little bit short. Looking at the big picture, to leave here with a twenty-point lead, we’re happy about that. We’re going to keep working and will go and try to finish things off in Charlotte.

“Mikey was just on the back end of the podium finish again. He was riding well all day and looked good. Had things been any different on the strategy on the last lap, I think he could have been a little closer to the win. With the SuperTwins, the race was going pretty decent, and I think both guys were heading towards a battle for the podium. Unfortunately, they both had a couple of issues with each of their bikes that made for a tough day.”

Dallas Daniels – Estenson Racing AFT Singles

“It was a good weekend overall with a couple of podiums, and looking at the main goal, it was really important for the championship to get some good points. After finishing third, I knew I needed to try something different, so we talked about the strategy and tried some things out. The whole race, I was testing more than racing, whereas Saturday, I was just trying to be in the lead. Coming off of the last corner, I was like, ‘alright, here we go. This is perfect timing!’ I came up just a little short, but that’s Mile racing. I had no idea that if I won, we would’ve won the title. That really doesn’t mean anything right now, but it will mean something in a few weeks when we will be looking to take this championship. It felt good to be up front all weekend.”

Mikey Rush – Estenson Racing AFT Singles

“I had a good weekend at the Sacramento Mile. The team had my bike dialed in, and I finished second in the Semi. I was fighting a close battle for the win in the Main Event, but unfortunately ended up getting fourth and then got another fourth-place finish on day two. The team made good progress with the bike setup, and the track crew did a good job with prepping the track and keeping the moisture down with the heat we had Sunday. I’m looking to finish out the year strong at the last round in Charlotte.”

JD Beach – Estenson Racing Mission SuperTwins

“This was my first time at the Sacramento Mile, so I was really excited heading into the weekend. It’s such a legendary track, so it was cool to finally get to race here. From what I’ve watched in the past, the track developed into the typical Sacramento Mile — a tiny groove that had tons of grip, but if you got off it, you were in trouble. The crew worked hard all day Saturday, and we slowly got the bike better every time out on track. I got a good start and was able to finish fifth in the first Main Event.

“Then on Sunday, man, it was just an up and down day. We had some good luck then some bad, but that’s racing. Lining up for the Main I was on the outside where I wanted to be and launched off the line from the last row up to fourth or fifth. For the staggered restart after the red flag, I got stuck on the bottom again and just spun out as I did in my Semi. Once I got going, I hit a hole going into Turn 3 and bent my front wheel, and it was race over. It’s really upsetting to end the weekend like that after the team worked so dang hard all weekend, but we’re going to put it behind us and come back at Charlotte.”

Kolby Carlile – Estenson Racing Mission SuperTwins

“Saturday was really tough for me. I felt good and was able to qualify sixth in the first session, but then we had an issue that set me back for the rest of the day. Then on Sunday, my day started off tough again. I couldn’t get a good comfortable setup for the bike that would allow me to push. My crew Brandon (Bergen) and Ken (Nelson) worked hard, and they were able to give me a really good setup for the Main Event. I felt like I had some good pace and was working my way through some guys, and then sadly, I had a technical issue down the front stretch. Thankfully, I was able to hop on my backup bike and finished the race, and got some good points. It’s good to leave the weekend on a good note; having a good setup for the bike and feeling good heading into the last round in Charlotte.”

 

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