Scout Jamboree

May 21, 2017

Daytona TT

1. Mees - Indian 

2. Smith - Indian

3. Wiles - Kawasaki

 

Atlanta Short Track

1. Mees - Indian

2. Baker - Indian

3. Smith - Indian

 

Charlotte Half-Mile

1. Smith - Indian

2. Mees - Indian

3. Halbert - H-D

 

Arizona Mile

1. Smith - Indian

2. Baker - Indian

3. Mees - Indian

 

Sacramento Mile

1. Smith - Indian

2. Mees - Indian

3. Baker - Indian

 

Looks like one prototype engine has taken over from another, with a sweet spot in the middle when bikes with cheap, readily available production bike engines could compete at the highest level.

 

I don't blame Indian for winning, they asked for permission to build a prototype race engine and were given it and they're in it to win it. (By prototype I mean, not production bike based. MotoGP is prototype racing, Superbike racing is production bike based). They've built a hell of a bike and put the current best riders on it. In the two occasions they haven't filled the podium this year Baker was in hospital (Daytona) and suffered a mechanical DNF while in third place at Charlotte. I knew the bike would be very good, but I thought it might have a few more teething troubles to allow the other riders to get a look in, but, as you the results show, it hasn't. Mission accomplished for the Indian team, but I'm beginning to wonder at what cost to the pro sport's long-term health? Discuss...

 

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