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Harley Davidson on Dirt and Honda CRF 450 on Ice - Jared Mees Knows Year Round Racing

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Rider Jared Mees makes his living motorcycle racing year round. The 2009 AMA Grand National Dirt Track Racing Champion was still celebrating his victory from Pomona, California when he went to Round 1 of the 34th Annual World Championship Ice Racing Series at the Roanoke Civic Center in Virginia.

World Champion Ice Racer Jared Mees wins the opening round in the 34th Annual World Championship Ice Racing Series in Roanoke, Virginia
World Champion Ice Racer Jared Mees wins the opening round in the 34th Annual World Championship Ice Racing Series in Roanoke, Virginia
“We arrived in Roanoke on Saturday afternoon,” said Mees. “There is no practice for these events, you just go in there and pull the trigger racing.”
AMA Grand National Dirt Track Racing Champion Jared Mees on the podium at Pomona, California
AMA Grand National Dirt Track Racing Champion Jared Mees on the podium at Pomona, California

Harley Davidson XR750 Dirt Tracker and rider Jared Mees
Harley Davidson XR750 Dirt Tracker and rider Jared Mees

During the first round the riders worked to secure points and good starting positions for the finals. “I won one of the heats and was on the outside of the front row,” said Mees. “I got a good start but was running third when someone sent me up to the wall. I dropped back to sixth and had a lot of work to do.”

Mees was aggressive and started to knock down some fast laps. Mees, the Ice 2007 World Champion, finished the run with some force and took JR Schnabel to the ground. Mees won the event. “That’s racing,” he said. “JR and I shook hands and said wait until we're on the ice next weekend. We both can dish it out and we both can take a beating, no hard feelings.”

During the Ice Racing Series, Mees rides a 2008 Honda CRF 450 with K&N air and oil filters, part numbers HA-4503XD and KN-116. “We also run special tires that have sharp studded screws in them for traction,” he said. “We use K&N products because we get a great throttle response and it’s just a win - win situation.”

Mees has a full ice motorcycle racing schedule planned on indoor ice rinks and on lakes. “We make sure the ice is 4 or 5 inches thick before we get out there for competiton,” said the 23-year-old. “I started racing at 6 and turned pro at 16. I also prefer dirt racing to ice because dirt racing pays the bills a little better.”

When the Clio, Michigan resident is off the ice he rides a Harley Davidson XR750 Dirt Tracker with K&N products RU-1240, RU-1240PK, 62-1370 and 81-0151. “I want to give my heartfelt thanks to all of my sponsors including K&N who made the AMA National Dirt Track Championship possible. I also want to thank Craig Rogers from Rogers Lake Racing for giving me the opportunity. Craig picked me up this year after I finished 9th in points in 2008. It’s been a huge thing to have his support and giving him his first Grand National Championship.”

Mees wants to keep riding motorcycles year round for as long as he can. “I have no immediate plans to trade in my bikes for off-road truck racing,” he said. “Four wheels are for getting you to the race, two wheels are for racing.”

Mees next ice events will take place in the West, starting in Bakersfield, California, to Fresno and the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.

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