Earlier this month I posted HERE that Indian Motorcycles® would be racing their new Scout FTR750 flat track bike in Santa Rosa, California. The bike, piloted by Joe Kopp, took 7th in the 25 lap GNC1 race and won the AMA Ramspur Winery Santa Rosa Mile Pro “Dash for Cash”. Kopp took the checkered flag in the Dash with a time of 164.1 seconds, finishing just ahead of Brandon Robinson, riding a Harley-Davidson XR750. Kopp’s best lap came in at 40.161 seconds. Robinson finished .244 seconds behind, followed by Jake Johnson also riding a Harley-Davidson 750, in third place.
Brad Baker decisively won the GNC1 final riding a Harley-Davidson® XR750 followed by Bryan Smith on a Kawasaki Ninja. The second place finish earned Smith the 2016 Grand National Series Championship. Jared Mees rounded out the top 3 on another Harley-Davidson 750 earning him 2nd Place in the season long Championship chase behind Smith.
Indian® believes the FTR750 will prove they can build a bike that will challenge the historically dominate Kawasaki® and Harley-Davidson® built bikes. Race fans are hoping the new Indian will make this series entertaining and competitive and with some luck bring excitement back to the sport in the same way the Indian-Harley Race Wars did decades ago.