Indian Motorcycles returns to racing after six-decade absence

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AMA Grand National flat track champion, Jared Mees, will pilot a purpose built Indian (not pictured) in the company's re-entry into racing this year

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The last time Indian Motorcycles raced any kind of bike was in the 1950s with its infamous flat track wrecking crew. That will change with the announcement of a purpose built flat tracker that will begin racing in the AMA Pro Flat Track series this year.

Details are thin at this stage, with Indian saying only that the bike will be powered by a proprietary liquid-cooled 750 cc V-twin built mounted in a specially built chassis.

Indian also announced that Jared Mees, multi-time AMA Grand National Champion, will be the test rider for the Indian Motorcycle Racing Team. He'll begin piloting the new bike in races this year in preparation for a full race schedule in 2017. There are eight AMA Pro Flat Track races left for this season, but the company declined to say which races it would participate in this year.

In the 1940s and 50s, Indian Motorcycles dominated the sport with legendary riders like Bill Tuman, Bobby Hill and Ernie Beckman. The company's re-entry into flat track racing will also reignite the racing rivalry it had with Harley-Davidson at the time.

Since purchasing Indian Motorcycles in 2011, Polaris continues to pay homage to the brand's rich history with its model names and lineup like the Springfield and Scout, and now Indian's re-entry into flat track racing.

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