Saddlemen’s Jared Mees Wins AMA Flat Track GNC Combined Championship

Pomona Half-Mile - October 13

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - October 17, 2012 - Saddlemen rider Jared Mees was crowned the 2012 GNC Combined Champion as Bryan Smith claimed the GNC Expert Twins Title at the AMA Flat Track finale this weekend. Saddlemen hosted a VIP hospitality suite at the Pomona Half-Mile and celebrated the Saddlemen sweep of Grand National Championships after a long and successful Flat Track season.

AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship
Saddlemen riders have logged strong performances all season long in the Flat Track GNC class, and Saturday’s final round at the LA County Fairplex in Pomona, CA was no different. Brad Baker led a group of 9 Saddlemen riders that placed in the top-10 with a 2nd place finish. Bryan Smith joined Baker on the podium, but this 3rd place for Smith was more meaningful than most. Fellow Saddlemen racers Rob Pearson and JD Beach rounded out the top-5.

Bryan Smith was in 3rd place in the GNC Expert Twins standings heading into the last race, but was able to make up the 4-point deficit with his sixth podium appearance of the season to claim the 2012 GNC Expert Twins Title. Sammy Halbert finished in 2nd in the class and Jared Mees finished 4th.

Mees had already taken the GNC Expert Singles title following Round 12 in Illinois. With a 12-point lead over Halbert in the GNC Combined standings following the Tucson Half-Mile, Mees’ 8th place finish in Pomona was more than enough to make him the 2012 AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship as well as the Lucas Oil No. 1 plate. Sammy Halbert finished 2nd in the Combined standings, and Bryan Smith and Brad Baker finished 4th and 5th, respectively.

Other notable accomplishments to come out of the Flat Track Awards Banquet included Briar Bauman receiving the Saddlemen Rookie of the Year award. Bauman finished in the top-10 eight times this season in the GNC class and ended the season in 12th place in the final GNC Combined standings. Jared Mees and Jake Shoemaker both finished 1st in their respective classes in total mileage, earning them each the Sunoco “Go the Distance Award.” Several other Saddlemen riders finished in the top-5 in the “Go the Distance” race for most miles accrued during the season of racing.

Saddlemen Pomona Results: 2. Brad Baker; 3. Bryan Smith; 4. Rob Pearson; 5. JD Beach; 6. Steven Bonsey; 7. Henry Wiles; 8. Jared Mees; 9. Brandon Robinson; 10. Jethro Halbert; 12. Briar Bauman; 13. Sammy Halbert; 16. Jeffrey Carver

Saddlemen GNC Expert Twins Final Standings: 1. B. Smith; 2. S. Halbert; 4. J. Mees; 6. R. Pearson; 7. B. Baker; 8. B. Robinson; 9. J. Carver; 10. H. Wiles; 11. S. Bonsey; 12. J. Halbert; 14. JD Beach; 19. B. Bauman

Saddlemen GBC Combined Final Standings: 1. J. Mees; 2. S. Halbert; 4. B. Smith; 5. B. Baker; 6. H. Wiles; 8. J. Carver; 9. R. Pearson; 11. B. Robinson; 12. B. Bauman; 13. JD Beach; 14. J. Halbert; 15. S. Bonsey

AMA Pro Pro Singles
The finish to the Pro Singles class proved to be less dramatic for Saddlemen riders as Jake Shoemaker took 4th place on the way to a solid 2nd place finish in the season standings. Fellow Saddlemen riders Cody Johncox and Dan Bromley rounded out the top-10 at the Pomona Half-Mile. Following Shoemaker in the final season standings was Saddlemen’s Shayna Texter, who made a late-season charge to the number 5 spot. Ryan Wells and Gerit Callies finished 7th and 8th, respectively, in the Pro Singles standings despite missing the last several races of the season.

Jake Shoemaker joined fellow Saddlemen rider Jared Mees as the pair won the Sunoco “Go the Distance Award” in their respective classes, rewarding the riders that accumulate the most miles completed throughout the racing season.

Saddlemen Pomona Results: 4. Jake Shoemaker; 9. Cody Johncox; 10. Dan Bromley; 12. Shayna Texter; 17. James Monaco

Saddlemen Pro Singles Final Standings: 2. J. Shoemaker; 5. S. Texter; 7. R. Wells; 8. G. Callies; 9. J. Cunningham; 13. J. Monaco; 18. D. Bromley; 23. C. Johncox

In addition to the GNC Expert Singles title and the Grand National Championship, Jared Mees was awarded the Sunoco "Go the Distance Award" in the GNC class. Credit: AMA Pro Racing Shoemaker finished 1st in the Pro Singles "Go the Distance" race, totaling the most miles raced throughout the season. Credit: AMA Pro Racing Saddlemen swept the 2012 AMA Flat Track GNC, as Bryan Smith took the GNC Expert Twins title and Jared Mees took the GNC Expert Singles as well as the overall Grand National Championship. Credit: AMA Pro Racing

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