After taking home all the spoils in the 2022 racing season, Indian Motorcycles are gearing up for another great season both on and off the track…or so they intend to at least.
“2022 was a historic year for Indian Motorcycle Racing, capturing an unprecedented triple crown with championships across three different racing classes, including MotoAmerica Mission King of the Baggers (KOTB), Super Hooligan National Championship (SHNC) and Progressive Insurance American Flat Track SuperTwins classes. Now America’s First Motorcycle Company enters the 2023 racing season intent on defending its triple crown and raising the bar yet again with its factory racing program.
Running three No. 1 plates, Indian Motorcycle Racing welcomes back reigning champions Tyler O’Hara and Jared Mees, along with KOTB and SHNC factory rider Jeremy McWilliams. The company has also announced more than $405,000 in combined privateer contingency for KOTB, SHNC and AFT.”
So Indian mean business this season once again and will be pushed hard by bitter rivals Harley-Davidson in the King of the Baggers series whilst more broad competition in the other series.
“Racing and an overriding spirit of competition has been a driving force for Indian Motorcycle for more than a century, and that competitive fire continues to drive us forward to this day,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology and Service for Indian Motorcycle. “We’re incredibly proud of the success we had in 2022 with three different championships, but it’s only going to get tougher in 2023, with our competition gunning for us more than ever. But that challenge is what motivates us and pushes us to get better every day, and we’re chomping at the bit to go racing in 2023.”
The particulars for each series entry as follows:
“For 2023, Indian Motorcycle and S&S will pit a two-man factory race team that will take on double duty across the King of the Baggers and Super Hooligan classes. Proudly running the No. 1 plate in both classes, dual-threat champion Tyler O’Hara enters his fourth year aboard the Indian Challenger and his second year piloting an Indian FTR. Pitting alongside O’Hara in both classes is veteran Moto GP racer Jeremy McWilliams, whose technical knowledge and extensive experience at racing’s highest levels proved invaluable to the team’s success in 2022”
“In addition to its factory efforts, Indian Motorcycle is offering up to $83,000 in KOTB privateer contingency and up to $41,000 in SHNC Contingency”
For the remaining series Indian Motorcycles are supporting as follows:
“Piloting the Indian FTR750 for his seventh-consecutive year, reigning Progressive Insurance AFT SuperTwins Champion Jared Mees enters 2023 with eight AFT Grand National Championships to his name – just one shy of the historic record of nine held by Scottie Parker. A record that many have assumed would never be matched or broken, Mees is looking to do just that as he chases his ninth.
As Mees chases history, he’ll rely on his trusted team led by Crew Chief Kenny Tolbert, Assistant Mechanic Bubba Bently and Suspension Technician Jimmy Wood. Mees will also receive support from Rogers Racing, SDI Racing, Drag Specialties, Twigg Cycles, Mission Foods, Monster Energy, Bell Helmets, Service Pro, Öhlins Suspension, Klotz Oil, Klock Werkssm, RK Chain, Corbin, Seats, Engine Ice, RMR Construction, Motion Pro, VP Racing, Vertex Pistons, Pro Plates and DBI Motorsports.
In addition to its AFT factory efforts around Mees, Indian Motorcycle is offering the sport’s most robust privateer contingency, equating to more than $280,000″
“Indian Motorcycle factory race efforts are presented by Progressive Insurance, Mission Foods and Medallia, with additional support from Indian Motorcycle Motor Oil, S&S, Parts Unlimited, Drag Specialties, Performance Finance, and J&P Cycles.
KOTB, SHNC and AFT seasons begin March 9 at the Daytona International Speedway. For more information on the 2023 AFT season, visit AmericanFlatTrack.com, for KOTB and SHNC, visit MotoAmerica.com”