Wednesday, April 6, 2011

AMA Flat Track: Jammin Jared Mees Continues On Winning Path Into 2011 Season

Jared Mees cools off during a break in the on-track action at the Gas City/I-69 Speedway Short Track round of the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Series in June of 2010, while his #21 Honda CRF450 is attended to by his crew.  After several rain-outs over the previous few years and just weeks before the event actually did run, the event finally took place on June 16.  However, for what was a very nice little facility, the crowds didn't return and the event wasn't included on the 2011 schedule. 
Mees had a great event and put on a great show for those that did turn out to watch, and came home second to event winner Henry Wiles, finishing just .624 seconds behind the Singles Series Champ.  Gas City was just one of eight podium finishes in the '10 season (out of 16 events) for Mees and his versatility in both the Twins and Singles Series events, along with his Blue Springs H-D/Rogers Lake Racing team's knack for setting up great equipment, propelled him to 3rd in the year-end overall point standings. 
The AMA Horizon Award winner and former Rookie of the Year has switched National numbers for the 2011 season, and will be carrying the #9 in both the Singles and Twins Series (where he won the '09 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Twins Championship) for the upcoming season.  He debuted his new National # at the season opening rounds at Daytona last month, where he tallied 9th/7th-place finishes to start off the year 7th in the overall championship for the 2011 season.  Some may see that as a slow start for this young charger, I see that as reason for the rest of the field to be even more worried.
The Jammer was one of many racers competing in the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Series that didn't have much time off during the normal off-season, as he competed in (and won, again) the ICE Speedway Championship Series and in several other events, including the Digger Helm National in Bakersfield, CA. (part of the Eddie Mulder Series) and the San Jose Indoor several weeks ago.  He won both of those events competing against National-level talent.  With DuQuoin just 10 days away, it may be time for the competition to start worrying, as this man's indoor racing pedigree is pretty strong and he should be considered a major threat at the Southern Illinois Center and throughout the 2011 season.

'09 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Twins Champion Jared Mees has been staying busy on the track since the last AMA Flat Track event in Arizona back in October.  Competing in and winning the championship (again) in the ICE Speedway Championship Series, The Jammer has also gotten in some short track racing indoors and out.  Two weekends ago, he competed in the San Jose Indoor put on by one of his sponsors, Rod Lake, and again pulled off the win on the concrete short track.  Along the way he made various stops (and several more wins) at some Eddie Mulder events, the Stockton Mile, and several of the Steve Nace Racing events in Southeast Georgia and in Florida on the way to the '11 AMA Flat Track season openers in Daytona in March.

Although going winless in the '10 AMA Pro Flat Track K&N Filters presented by Motorcycle Grand National Championship Series, Mees still ended up ranked the third rider in the nation in the year-end standings.  Garnering eight podiums on the year in both the Twins and Singles Series events, the Rogers Lake/Blue Springs H-D/ rider was in the fight in for the top spot in most of those races only to come up just short of the win at the checkers.  And it wasn't for lack of trying!

With the 2011 GNC season underway, and round three at the Southern Illinois Center in DuQuoin just shy of 10 days off on April 16, Jared Mees is one of the riders to watch out for during the upcoming year.  Off to a slow start at Daytona, look for Jared to make a big move in the next several events on the schedule before the series hits it's stride at Springfield over Memorial Day Weekend.  Carrying his new National #9 now, look for The Jammer to put the hammer down and add to the winning ways of it's former wearers, Gary Nixon and Jay Springsteen.  And I can guarantee it will be fun to watch, if you can keep the #9 in your line of sight!

Jared released this press release at the end of March where he talks about running the San Jose indoor event.  Thanks to the great folks at for carrying on Wayne Hosaka's legacy and posting this release from this great rider:

Larry Lawrence's The Rider has this update from early March on The Jammer's online updates that are now available:

Digger Helm is a former National-ranked rider (he wore #57 back in the day) who is now one of Jared's personal sponsors.  He puts on the Digger Helm National in Bakersfield, CA. of which Mees is a former winner.  This great vido is a nice look at this great National-caliber event:

Thanks to for this link to keep up with Jared's racing endeavors.  Most recently posted as of this writing is Jared's review of the Daytona action and has some great shots of both his Twins and Singles Series bikes with his new National #9 on them:

Jared reviews the 2010 AMA Pro Flat Track K&N Filters presented by Motorcycle Grand National Championship Series season in this video:

And a BIG thanks goes out to Miriam Deitcher, who along with her Flat Track Live Facebook page got this great little video on the San Jose event over the last weekend in March.  This is another great site to bookmark for 'Live' coverage this year of the AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship Series, and Mir has you covered if you can't make the races:

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