Bauman wins Lima Half-Mile

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Jun. 27—LIMA — The defending Grand National Champion showed a packed crowd for motorcycle racing at the Allen County Fairgrounds how he earned that American Flat Track title.

Briar Bauman, the points leader so far in Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle, held off an overtake attempt by Brandon Robinson on the final turn of the main event. Bauman cut back underneath to earn the win at Johnny K's Indian Motorcycle Lima Half-Mile powered by Drag Specialties, his second victory of the season.

"It was an incredible event," Bauman said in a press release. "I'm so happy we were able to do that for this big of a crowd. There are so many people all the way around this facility. Lima is probably the best track on the circuit. And to actually have a battle and not let Brandon just check out like we kinda planned on him doing, it means a lot to me and a lot to my team."

The Lima Half-Mile is scheduled to air on NBCSN at 5 p.m. Saturday. The next race in the series is the DuQuoin Mile at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Illinois, on July 17.

Bauman, riding an Indian Motorcycle FTR750, wasn't too optimistic heading into the main event. Robinson, atop an Indian FTR750, looked like the favorite going in, after soundly defeating Bauman in their semifinal and recording the best lap of the night at 25.752 seconds. Robinson also took the lead in the opening lap after overtaking teammate Jarod Vanderkooi, aboard an Indian FTR750. Bauman eventually pulled ahead.

"What a battle," Bauman said. "This was an incredible event... I didn't really think we had anything for Brandon there today — he was so fast all day. He smoked us in the heat race and smoked us in the dash. But Dave (Zanotti) got dialed in for the Main Event, so I'm really, really happy with that one."

While Robinson finished second, Vanderkooi beat Brandon Price for third place, with Price finishing fourth. Kolby Carlile finished fifth.

Jared Mees, a multi-time Lima Half-Mile winner and the race promoter, finished eighth after dealing with problems with his still-mending knee.

In the AFT Singles, Henry Wiles won despite legendary racer Max Whale's KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-FFE pulling within a half-second. Wiles, riding an American Honda, held off the threat.

"I think I've used about every line at this track besides the low line that I was running today," Wiles said in a press release. "... My suspension guy, Tim (Bennet) at TCD racing, made a phenomenal call, and we actually changed shocks for the Main Event. It was a pretty ballsy move. We were just so confident in it, and I'm glad we made the choice."

In the AFT Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines, Johnny Lewis took the win in the main, holding off Ben Lowe and title leader Cory Texter for his first podium finish of thee year.

"Going into the first race this year, we had a pretty slow motorcycle. Every weekend it's more work, more work," Lewis said. "David (Lloyd) and Woody (Kyle) just do not stop. It's amazing to have these guys on my team. I cannot thank them enough. It was a fun Lima."

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