BRIAR BAUMAN WINS 2017 LIMA HALF-MILE
Briar Bauman delivered a virtuoso performance to reign supreme at the Lima Half-Mile. The 2012 GNC Rookie of the Year crushed the competition in both his Heat and Semi, storming around the pea-gravel on the high line with apparent ease.
Bauman then set about doing the same right from the start of the Main Event. After he had worked up an advantage of more than three seconds, a red flag gave his battered foes a shot at redemption.
Undeterred, Bauman promptly tore open a near-identical advantage following the restart, eventually backing down to a 2.793-second margin of victory after tangling with a lapper on the final lap.
The victory was the third of Bauman's premier-class career and his first taken aboard a fire-breathing twin. In a touching display of sportsmanship, practically the entire field came by to offer their heartfelt congratulations to the winner.
Photo: Ken Kerr
In front of a full house on Saturday night at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima, Ohio, Brandon Robinson piloted his Harley-Davidson XR750 to his first win since 2013 in the GNC1 class. The Lima Half-Mile, a longstanding staple on the AMA Pro Flat Track calendar now promoted by Jared and Nichole Mees, was another successful 2016 event for the sport.
Mees bolted from the start to take the holeshot for the GNC1 Main Event, but quickly encountered a number of challenges from the rest of the field. "Mile Specialist" Bryan Smith and Factory Harley-Davidson rider Brad Baker each took the lead before the field completed the first lap, with Smith officially taking the point. Robinson showed that he wanted the win, however, and began to pull away from the pack after taking the lead on Lap 2.
Despite two red-flag periods, Robinson refused to surrender the lead. The Pennsylvania-native made the Kennedy Racing team proud as he led the GNC1 class for 24 of the evening's 25-lap Main Event, finishing ahead of reigning GNC1 champion, Mees, by a margin of 0.403 of a second.
BRANDON ROBINSON WINS 2016 LIMA HALF-MILE
Photo: Tim Handrich
33rd LIMA HALF-MILE TO RUN LAST SATURDAY IN JUNE, 2016
The 2016 Lima Half-Mile will take place at the Allen County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 25.
Factory Harley-Davidson rider Brad Baker dominated Lima in 2015, as he not only won the Main but was flawless throughout the entire day, qualifying fastest, winning his Heat and the 4 lap Dash.
"It was an amazing race," said Baker about the 25 lap Main. "From the get go, I put the hammer down. Henry Wiles was doing really well and keeping me on my toes the entire race. I was pretty nervous at the beginning. I switched to the awesome factory suspension and since then, everything has been working really well."
At 2016 Lima Half-Mile, Baker will be going for his 2nd straight win on the Lima pea gravel cushion, with stiff competition from a slew of fast racers including former Lima winners Henry Wiles, Jared Mees, Bryan Smith and Sammy Halbert.
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Photo: Dave Hoenig