Jared Mees Race Report: Pomona
NEWS October 25, 2011
Photo by Dave Hoenig
After the events that transpired at Calistoga, the race for the championship became very tight , with only eight points separating the three leaders. The only thing to do was to go to Pomona with a positive attitude. This was not a type of track in which I have been dominant in the past, but have done reasonably well on this kind of surface. Qualifying did not go well though. I felt OK, but just did not have the times I wanted.
I was in the third heat with Kenny Coolbeth, Johnny Lewis, Brad Baker and Willie McCoy among several other good riders. I got the hole shot and was dicing it up left and right with Baker. He started to get ahead of me a bit until he crashed, which brought out a red flag. On the restart, I got the jump and started to dice it up with Kenny. He was coming up along side of me and then I would lead it for a straight away and then he would come back. I ended up winning the heat, but since there was a red flag in it, I did not get a time and was therefore third pick for position in the Dash for Cash and the Main Event.
We made a small gearing change for the Dash for Cash. I came off fourth, passed Matt Weidman and started dicing it up. I was able to get ahead of him, ending third in the Dash for Cash. Jake Johnson had checked out, and was riding really well.
For the Main Event we did not make any changes. I got a decent start but went too high for the first lap and a lot of riders went by me, pushing me back to seventh or eighth place Luke Gough went down, bringing out a red flag. On the restart, I got a decent jump and went low, getting by a few people and was up to fifth. I was following Henry Wiles but he went down coming off turn 2; I just barely missed hitting him. We restarted with five laps to go, which was in my favor. I got a good jump and went to the bottom. I was mixing it up with Chris Carr, Robbie Pearson and Johnny Lewis. On the last lap I was on the bubble for finishing second in the Grand National Championship combined points race. I got by Pearson and Carr on the last lap and was able to finish in fifth place. This was good enough for second place in the Championship.
Jake Johnson won the race and the championship in first class fashion. He rode a great race and, if I could not win it, I was glad that he did. He has been a long-time friend since we were little kids in the amateur classes.
For me, it was a great year .. winning 5 GNC races. In addition to coming in second for the combined points GNC championship, I won the GNC Twins Championship, plus both the singles and twins championships in the Steve Nace All Star Series. Also, let’s not forget the ICE Championship earlier in the year.
We had a lot of success on the twins this year. Brent Armbruster did a great job with the bikes .. always immaculately prepared, and much of my success was due to him. Steve Beattie was also of great help to our program, not only with his suspension systems but with his friendship and counsel.
We now know our weak points and know what we need to work on for next year. I am already excited about 2012 and feel that if Daytona Bike Week were next week, I would be as excited, and more ready than ever. I am not looking forward to the down time in the off season .. I want to get out there and compete.
I want to thank all of my sponsors and supporters, but especially to Rogers Lake Racing, Blue Springs Harley Davidson and Screamin' Eagle for my twins, to Montgomery Cycle Center for my singles, as well as, to Saddlemen, Lucas Oil, Digger Helm and Gene Cummings. Thank you for all your help in making my career possible.
I look forward to seeing everyone in Daytona 2012. Have a great winter and happy holidays to all!
Jammin’ Jared Mees - # 9
2011 Twins Series Partners:
Rogers Lake Racing, Blue Springs H-D, Screamin' Eagle, Lucas Oil, National Cycle, Twisted Beverage CompanyTM, Saddlemen, Digger Helm 57, M.E.H. Corp, Rod Lake, Goodwin Racing, Rockysonline .com, Arai Helmets, Speed Strength Leathers, KK Motorcycle Supply, A&A Racing, Steve & Cindy Vizzo, Battley Cycles, MRT Racing, Kelly's, MTA, JE Pistons, Cometic Gaskets, VP Racing Fuels,Tsubaki, Motion Pro, TCX Boots, Troy Lee Designs, K&N Filters, Millennium Technologies, Vortex, Craig Pickett, Goodridge, Works Connection, Rekluse Clutches, Gene & Gail Cummings, Eddie Mulder, NGK, Z Gallerie, Dick Winters, Oakley, WestCoast Hot Shoes, Jupiter Wheels, Supertrapp, ARC Levers, Moto Tassinari, EBC, Mikuni, Web Cam, Ancra, J&M Racing Frames, Pro Plates, Kold Kutter, Turn 1 Distributing, Crank Works Crank Shafts, EZ-up, Suburban H-D, Twenty Six Suspension, Flash, G2, Penske Racing, Chicken Hawk, Ferrea Valves, J2 Motorsports, Royal Publishing Co., Applied Diamond Coatings, M&Z Anodizing, Brent Armbruster, CV4, Bristol Core, Universal Coatings, Hammer Head , Hot Rods, TSS Graphics, Dyno Jet, DVS Shoes, Xtremely Fit, Aerodyne, Boyesen, Wrex .ca, Fluidyne, Helix, Gunk, Kicker.