DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 27, 2018) – This Saturday, June 30, American Flat Track marches into the Allen County Fairgrounds for the Indian Motorcycle Lima Half-Mile, round 10 of the 2018 season.
With its loose and loamy racing surface, multiple fast lines, big crowds, county fair vibe, flat track history and always-close racing, Lima is a can’t miss event. The venue’s deep-cushion racing surface stands unique among flat track venues, which means there’s bound to be a surprise or three.
Last year’s Lima Half-Mile was chock full of ’em. Just ask AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines series points leader Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing SDI Scout FTR750), who had podiumed eight times in eight races and won four of those eight but who failed to qualify for the Main due to penalties incurred from jumping the start.
Or ask Briar Bauman (No. 14 Zanotti Racing Kawasaki Western Powersports Ninja 650), who was having an up and down year but who blew everyone away at Lima, winning his first-ever AFT Twins Main Event by exploiting the high line of the circuit’s cushion surface in spectacular fashion.
What can fans expect this weekend? The Lima venue features one of the most unique and challenging racetracks on the AFT circuit, and the loose surface is bound to mix things up and very possibly balance the field in both classes. So it could be anyone’s race.
In AFT Twins, you can’t discount current series-leader Mees, who’s won all but two races this year. 2017 winner Bauman has struggled with inconsistent finishes again this year but could well be a factor this weekend.
“I’m gonna try like heck to repeat,” Bauman told us. “I’ve been watching video and trying to remember the feeling of winning last year. I need to not question whether things are right or not; just ride fast and loose.”
Last year’s AFT Singles winner Parker Norris has moved to AFT Twins for 2018 (and remains hospitalized from a local-race crash last weekend … everyone’s pulling for you, Parker!). But Dan Bromley (No. 62 KTM North America/Bromley Motorsports 450 SX-F) is keen to extend his points lead over series runner-up Ryan Wells (No. 94 RMR/Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda CRF450R), third-in-points Kolby Carlile (No. 1 Estenson Racing/McCandless Truck Center Yamaha YZ450F) and fourth-in-points Shayna Texter (No. 52 Husqvarna Motorcycles JCS Racing FC 450).
“I like tracks that force the rider be physical,” Bromley told us, “and really ride the bike. Lima does that, and I’m hoping to do well there.”
This year’s Lima Half-Mile will also feature the last-ever George Roeder Dash-For-Cash, a five-lap sprint race featuring the top six qualifiers going after $5000 of prize money. This year’s event will split a separate $5000 with six lucky ticket holders, picked randomly, each of whom will make the same amount of money their chosen Dash rider. “We wanted to give back to the fans who’ve made this race possible over the years,” said George Roeder Jr.
Gates open at 1:00 pm ET, with practice and qualifying beginning at 2:30. A Fan Walk and Autograph Session happens at 4:45. Racing is scheduled to start at 6:30, right after the 6:00 Opening Ceremonies and 6:15 Dash-For-Cash. Main events are scheduled to begin at 9:15, with racing concluding at approximately 10:00.
Tickets for the Indian Motorcycle Lima Half-Mile are available now at Lima Half Mile Tix. Fans that can’t make the race can watch everything from practice to the Main Events live on FansChoice.tv starting at 2:30 pm ET. For more information, click here: AFT Events.
For a thoroughly in-depth AFT experience with flag-to-flag coverage of both Main Events enhanced by drone and onboard footage, be sure to catch the feature broadcast of the Lima Half-Mile when it debuts on NBCSN on Saturday, July 7 at 2:00 pm ET.