The Spaniard wins a heat race and finishes barely 7 seconds behind the Main Event winner in the Singles class
Fifth crown for Jared Mees. Brad Baker, third. Next stop for all three aces will be… Barcelona!
The AFT Finals in Perris, California was the last major US flat-track event in the 2017 season. One of the riders in the spotlight was Spaniard Toni Elias, a full-time roadracer and 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike champion. Elias was Moto2 world champion in 2010. The Yoshimura Suzuki rider, with Suzuki RMZ-450, finished 12th in the Singles class Main race, only 7 seconds behind race winner Brandon Price (Honda CRF 450R). It was quite a good experience for Elías, who will fight for his first win in Barcelona Superprestigio Dirt Track invitational event in December. In 2016 he was second to 3-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez. Elías is also eager to face again the 2017 AFT Twins champion, Jared Mees, and Brad “The Bullet” Baker, third, in Palau Sant Jordi olympic arena.
It will be quite interesting to check Jared Mees’s and Brad Baker’s “top versions” in Barcelona. Mees missed 2016 Superprestigio due to injury, but will land in Spain next 16th of December full of confidence after clinching his fifth US flat track title to add to his four Grand National crowns in 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2015. Hats off to a great season by Mees with a new season podium record: 17 out of 18 races. The rider on the Indian 750 has won 10 races this season. Now he will try to turn disappointment into success in the Superprestigio. The Michigan ace has not been able to beat either Brad “The Bullet” Baker or Marc Marquez in Barcelona race so far.
Brad Baker, double Superprestigio winner (2014 and 2015), finished third in 2017 American Flat Track even though injuries sidelined him in the last two rounds of the season. “The Bullet” is looking forward to the event in Barcelona next December. Finishing third to both Marquez and Elias in 2016 Superfinal was hard to cope by the 2013 Flat Track Grand National champion.
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TONI ELÍAS, 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike champion and 2016 Superprestigio runner-up
“It’s been two hard weeks of flat track racing. Different tracks, different sensations…and varied results. Taking part in the American Flat Track Finals was great. Sharing the oval with the best flattrackers in the world and winning a heat race was simply unbelievable. I love flat-track racing and I do want to continue improving, but it’s a long way to go. The way all these aces ride is not easy at all! I will try to repeat the experience next year, but now it’s time to prepare the Superprestigio challenge. I am looking forward to meeting again Baker, Mees, Brindley and so many top-class riders…but in my homeland this time!”