Congratulations, Jared Mees – 2017 Cycle News Rider Of The Year

| 20 December 2017 3:53 pm

Rider Update: Jared Mees

Courtesy of Cycle News and American Flat Track

It doesn’t happen often – Cycle News choosing a dirt-track racer as its Rider Of The Year. It’s only occurred twice in the last 24 years: legendary Scotty Parker back in 1996, and the late, great Ricky Graham in 1993, when RG won a dramatic Grand National title on a Johnny Goad-tuned Honda after being written off as a has-been.

Like Parker and Graham, this year’s winner very definitely earned his stripes, all of which turned out to be as blue, rubbery, melted and gritty as the streaks left behind by his Indian FTR’s rear Dunlop as it tore into the blue groove at Sacramento or Springfield.

Jared Mees, the 2017 Cycle News Rider of the Year.

Jared Mees, the 2017 Cycle News Rider of the Year.

Yep, Jared Mees tore things up in 2017. He tore into the competition, tore into the racetracks of AFT’s 2017 season, and tore into the record books, posting a number of firsts: he won the very first Daytona TT; he won 10 of the season’s 18 races; he was the first rider to win on the new Indian, and the first to capture a championship for them. Mees became one of the few to win a Grand Slam – winning a TT, a short track, a half mile and a mile in one season. And Mees recorded the most podiums in a season – 17 out of the 18 of 2017.

Epic stuff.

And then there’s Mees’ tuner Kenny Tolbert, Chris Carr’s longtime tuner, owner of 11 Grand National Championship titles. Talk about a tough team!

“I wanted to go out and be the first guy to win the Daytona TT,” Mees said. “I wanted to be the first guy to win the first race on an Indian, to win the first Indian championship – be the first guy to win the all-twins Grand National Championship, like it once was back in the day. A lot of first things happened this year, and I wanted to accomplish as many as I could.”

Well done, Jared, and congratulations once again!

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Next up for the stars of American Flat Track is the “Bigger, Better and Faster” Daytona TT on March 15, 2018, at Daytona International Speedway. Tickets start at just $29 and are on sale now via Daytona International Speedway’s website at or by calling 800/PITSHOP.

How to Watch
NBCSN and are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track. All 18 rounds will air in one-hour telecasts on NBCSN, while remains a cornerstone of AFT’s digital strategy and provides live-streaming coverage of every event.

About American Flat Track
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt-track motorcycle-racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Florida, the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt-track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check us out on Instagram, live-stream the events at and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.


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