Jared Mees' run for the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship is ready to hit the first of four remaining races for the season tomorrow at the Colonial Downs-hosting of the Virginia Mega Mile in New Kent, VA. Mees won the inaugural event in 2013 after outlasting this season's title rivals Bryan Smith and Jake Johnson on the 1.25 mile track that is not only the longest on the series' schedule, but also proved to be one of the toughest in terms of dust and traction.
But Mees hasn't had much problem this season with sight or traction in his quest to earn his second AMA Grand National Championship in the last three seasons. He currently is only one of five racers that has scored points in all 11 of the races that have been completed this year (Jake Johnson, Henry Wiles, Sammy Halbert and Briar Bauman being the others. Rapid City is still considered round 10 although the event was never completed due to being rained out and no points being awarded.)
The Rogers Racing rider also has scored the most top-5s on the season (10 races, Daytona II being the only missive with a 12th-place finish), the most podiums or top-3s for the year with seven, and the 2nd-most wins of the season (Lima and Hagerstown Half-Miles, and is tied with Henry Wiles in that category) behind Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. and Bryan Smith's three wins each.
Mees also leads all contenders this year in the quest for the Cortech Performance Edge Award, a $1K bonus given to the rider who runs the fastest lap at the most races during the season. At this point of the year with 3/4 of the races complete, Mees has accomplished that feat at five of those eleven races.
In the shot above, Mees' tuner Kenny Tolbert readies one of his three #9 Rogers Racing/Blue Springs H-D/Las Vegas H-D-sponsored XR750s in preparation for the day's action ahead at round 11 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship at the Indy Mile on August 8. Mees can be seen on the left side of the shot speaking with team member Sammy Sweet (behind hanging leathers) as KT gets Mees' bike ready for the day's first practice round coming up.
With two mile races (Virginia and Springfield) and two half-mile rounds (Calistoga and Pomona) left before the awarding of the 2014 AMA Grand National Championship, Mees has the upper hand heading into the stretch run of the season over Bryan Smith (204-195 points) with Jake Johnson another five points in arrears of Smith (190 points.) At this juncture of the season, it looks to be Mees not only leading the points for the grand prize but also the added bonus, which you can read more about below in AMA Pro Flat Track's press release.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 22, 2014) - The $1,000 Cortech Performance Edge Award will go to the Grand National Championship rider who records the fastest lap in the most races during the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track season.
Cortech is the presenting sponsor of AMA Pro Racing's Live Timing and Scoring for both AMA Pro Flat Track and AMA Pro Road Racing. Similar to their contributions to AMA Pro Road Racing, the industry-leading motorcycle gear company has been very gracious in granting $1,000 to the winner of the Cortech Performance Edge Award in AMA Pro Flat Track at the conclusion of the 2014 season.
With over half the season in the books, Jared Mees has turned the fastest lap in five of the 11 races so far. The 2012 Grand National Champion got off to a fast start this year, as he won two of the first seven AMA Pro Flat Track main events. Mees's ability to maintain consistency all season long is the reason why he's not only leading the Cortech Performance Edge Award chase by two races, but also holds the top spot in the overall point standings heading into Colonial Downs this weekend.
Jared Mees on the #9 Rogers Racing XR750 is shown in action earlier this season at the Hagerstown Half-Mile. Mees is leading the running for the $1K bonus sponsored by Cortech for turning the fastest lap at the most races during the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season. AMA Pro Flat Track photo by Dave Hoenig.
Kenny Coolbeth is the rider with the best shot at catching Mees for the Cortech Performance Edge Award. Coolbeth has recorded the fastest lap in three races so far this season and looks to have found his groove with Zanotti Racing. Look for the three-time champion to give Mees a run for his money this weekend at Colonial Downs, as Coolbeth is the last rider to earn a victory on a mile circuit, having claimed victory at the Indy Mile less than two weeks ago.
Tune into FansChoice.tv this Saturday, Aug. 23, to catch all of the action in live time and see who will take one step closer to becoming the recipient of this year's Cortech Performance Edge Award.
For tickets and more information regarding the Virginia Mega Mile, please visit http://www.colonialdowns.com/motorcycle-race/.
Cortech is one of the leading performance motorcycle gear brands in the United States. Having been developed not only with its parent company's product expertise in riding gear, but also with the feedback of professional racers and riders throughout the United States, Cortech offers performance motorcyclists a wide array of products in jackets, one piece leathers, pants, luggage, boots as well as snowmobile gear. Cortech is the performance brand of Helmet House, Inc. Helmet House, Inc. is one of the industry's leading powersports product and apparel distributors. Headquartered in Calabasas Hills, CA with an eastern distribution point in Southaven, MS, Helmet House was founded in 1969. Helmet House has brought over 45 years of success to the powersports industry. Helmet House currently has distribution throughout the United States, as well as Canada, Latin and South America, Australia and South Africa. Helmet House was selected as the top distributor in the 2009 Dealernews Distributor Report Card report.
About AMA Pro Flat Track:
AMA Pro Flat Track is a national motorcycle racing series in North America and is considered one of the oldest forms of motorcycle racing. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, the Series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track racing in the world. The 2014 schedule consists of 16 rounds on the country's finest flat track courses. For more information on AMA Pro Flat Track, please visit www.amaproracing.com/ft.
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.
For additional information contact:
AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014, firstname.lastname@example.org