Editor’s note: Saturday’s races ended after deadline. Look for a report in Monday’s edition of The Lima News.
LIMA — Echoes could be heard from miles away. The motorcycles were running in full force for the 2018 Indian Motorcycle Lima Half-Mile at the Allen County fairgrounds.
Last year’s Lima Half-Mile winner, Briar Bauman, hoped to pick up right where he left off last year at the fairgrounds. It was Bauman’s first career win in the American Flat Track Twins division.
“The win was really big, it was my first one and it was at one of the best racetracks we go to all year,” Bauman said. “It’s kind of the one they make stand out as far as like who is the man that day. Luckily I was able to get a win here. All my friends and family were here that day which made it even more special.”
The track at the fairgrounds is known for its cushion, pea-gravel surface. It is one of the most unique tracks on the American Flat Track series circuit.
“We don’t see dirt like this all year long and when you get out there it’s steep, heavy, thick dirt,” Bauman said. “You have to really ride it. You have to be on the gas and be ready for it to get a little wild on you. If you ask most of the guys here they’re going to say it’s one of their favorite racetracks. It’s great to be here. It’s such a long running race. It’s so much fun to be here.”
Heading into Saturday’s race, Bauman was sitting in seventh place in the AFT Twins division standings. He had a second-place finish at the Texas Motor Speedway and two other fourth-place finishes. One was at Dayton International Speedway and the other was at Turf Paradise.
“It’s been a tough year,” Bauman said. “We started off really good and then we’ve blown up the last couple of weekends. It’s been a downer on us but I think we have a shot to turn things around.”
Bauman switched from a Kawasaki to an Indian motorcycle for the Lima Half-Mile.
“We’re on an Indian and no longer on a Kawasaki,” Bauman said. “This is our first race on an Indian and it’s at a racetrack that I really like. It’s a purpose built engine. It’s meant for American Flat Track. It’s a pretty big deal. They did a really good job on building this thing and it’s meant to do what we do.”
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