“It’s a heck of a day for our team,” said Mees. “I knew Bryan would be racing hard today, and he took off and I started racing with Brad in those early laps, but then I thought I’d rather be alone out there and backed off and just raced smart to get the title. It really hasn’t sunk in yet. This team is great and has put me on a fast Harley-Davidson motorcycle all season.”
Smith gave everything he had in pursuit of the title, having faced a major set-back after being black-flagged in the previous race for a smoking engine. The Kawasaki ace ran to the front off the start and never looked back, leading all 25 laps of the Main Event.
“Jared’s one (heck) of a competitor,” Smith said. “He’s been a thorn in my side the last half of my career. He’s a good friend of mine, he did what he had to do. And I did what I had to do tonight, he did what he had to do this year, don’t want to take anything away from him. It was a hard-fought year. I know I did everything I could all season long and we came up a little bit short. But everybody knows I’ll be back strong next year.”
Mees paced in second during the initial rotations, but dropped back as Baker and Johnson pushed up into podium position. Baker held steady in the runner-up spot until lap 12, when Johnson made a move up the ranks. The two went back and forth a few times after that until Johnson made a pass stick, taking second by Lap 14 and holding there to the finish.
Don’s Kawasaki’s Henry Wiles finished in fifth ahead of South East H-D’s Sammy Halbert in sixth. Rod Lakes Racing’s Mike Rush took seventh followed by Lombardis HD’s Jeffrey Carver Jr. in eighth. Lawrence Racing’s Doug Lawrence and KTM’s Robert Pearson finished ninth and 10th, respectively.
Mees finishes the season three points ahead of Smith for the title. Johnson is 15 points adrift of the leader in third overall followed by Kenny Coolbeth Jr. in fourth and last year’s champion, Baker, in fifth.
AMA Pro Flat Track Expert Twins Pomona Results 2014
1. Bryan Smith (Kawasaki)
2. Jake Johnson (Harley-Davidson)
3. Brad Baker (Harley-Davidson)
4. Jared Mees (Harley-Davidson)
5. Henry Wiles (Kawasaki)
6. Sammy Halbert (Harley-Davidson)
7. Mike Rush (Suzuki)
8. Jeffrey Carver Jr. (Harley-Davidson)
9. Doug Lawrence (Harley-Davidson)
10. Robert Pearson (KTM)
11. Cody Johncox (Harley-Davidson)
12. Jake Shoemaker (Kawasaki)
13. Kayl Kolkman (Kawasaki)
14. Mikey Martin (Triumph)
15. Scott Baker (Harley-Davidson)
16. Dustin Crow (Harley-Davidson)
17. Wyatt Maguire (Kawasaki)
18. Briar Bauman (Kawasaki)
19. Brandon Robinson (Kawasaki)
TJ Burnett Farms’ Davis Fisher took the AMA Pro Singles win at the Pomona Half-Mile, but Parkinson Brothers Racing’s Kyle Johnson crossed the line in second, giving himself enough points to stay at the top of the overall classification and take home this year’s Pro Singles title. Johnny’s Vintage Motorcycle’s Jarod Vanderkooi rounded out the podium.
Johnson had a disastrous time in the previous round at Calistoga, crashing early on and taking a 17th-place result, allowing Fisher to come within six points of the top-spot in the points standings. This time around, Johnson got a good start, slotting into second behind Fisher on the opening lap. Vanderkooi gave Johnson a challenge through the initial laps, but Johnson rallied back to take the runner-up spot by Lap 4, where he’d hold to the checkers.
“It feels great,” said Johnson. “Two weeks ago (at Calistoga) definitely didn’t go as planned, didn’t get the points we wanted, lost a lot to Davis. Coming in here, we knew Davis was going to be fast, he’s been fast all season, just like we were. I knew we had to stay close, we didn’t have to beat him. I got up to second place and I had a little bit of breathing room, I wasn’t going to push, I knew we had the championship, and that’s what our goal was.”
KTM’s Ryan Wells took fourth followed by Thresher Communications’ Ryan Foster in fifth. Jeffery Lowery of Englehart Racing took sixth trailed by Southland Racing’s Nick Armstrong in seventh.
Johnson maintained a single point advantage over Fisher in the final tally. Wells ends the season in third followed by Vanderkooi in fourth and Bronson Bauman in fifth.
AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles Pomona Results 2014
1. Davis Fisher (Honda)
2. Kyle Johnson (Honda)
3. Jarod Vanderkooi (Honda)
4. Ryan Wells (KTM)
5. Ryan Foster (Honda)
6. Jeffery Lowery (Honda)
7. Nick Armstrong (Honda)
8. Rodney Spencer Jr. (Honda)
9. Dan Bromley (KTM)
10. James Monaco (Honda)
11. Cole Fredrickson (Honda)
12. J.R. Addison (Honda)
13. Justin Jones (Honda)
14. Ryan Kearns (Honda)
15. Jacob Lehman (Honda)
16. Kolby Carlile (KTM)
17. Andrew Luker (Honda)
18. Bronson Bauman (Honda)