MINNEAPOLIS – Indian Motorcycle Racing has announced that brothers Briar and Bronson Bauman will join American Flat Track champion Jared Mees on Indian’s Wrecking Crew roster.
Additionally, former Wrecking Crew rider Brad Baker will return to the team as technical advisor and rider coach.
After back-to-back American Flat Track championships in 2017 and 2018, Mees returns to the Indian Wrecking Crew with Crew Chief Kenny Tolbert, Mechanic Bubba Bently and Jimmy Wood on suspension. Dick Tibbits also returns and will aid all three Wrecking Crew riders with nutrition, fitness and mental preparation.
Team operations for Briar and Bronson Bauman will be conducted by Paul Langley and S&S, while Dave Zanotti will serve as crew chief. Michelle DiSalvo has signed on as Briar’s mechanic, while Bronson’s mechanic will be named at a later date. Dean Young will return and serve as the Wrecking Crew team manager.
“We’re excited to bring back Jared, and his championship pedigree, as we embark on the next chapter for Indian Motorcycle Racing. We welcome Briar and Bronson and are proud to have them represent our brand on and off the track,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “When it comes to racing, we’ve assembled some of the most talented professionals in the sport, and we’re looking forward to the upcoming season.”
One of the key team members who will assume a leading role as a technical advisor and rider coach is Baker. Baker will closely support and mentor Briar and Bronson throughout the season by analyzing their on-track performance, help with race-day strategy and bike setup. Baker brings a championship-winning perspective and a wealth of knowledge and experience on the Indian Scout FTR750.
Over the last two seasons aboard the Indian Scout FTR750, Mees has recorded back-to-back AFT Twins championships and has tallied 20 wins. Through nine races aboard the Indian Scout FTR750 as a privateer, Briar secured six top-five finishes, including a second-place finish at the Peoria TT and a win at the Williams Grove Half-Mile. Following Baker’s injury at X Games, Bronson filled in and ran his factory Indian Scout FTR750 in the final seven races. During that time, Bronson garnered his first top-five finish of the season and his first career AFT Twins podium with a second-place finish at the Williams Grove Half-Mile.