Indian Motorcycles is getting into a flat track racing in a big way. We have already seen the American brand’s purpose-built race bike, the Indian Scout FTR750, which looks quite the business with its purpose-built 750cc v-twin race engine.

Now, we get word that Indian will have an all-star team of riders competing on the  Indian Scout FTR750, with Bryan Smith, Brad Baker, and Jared Mees lined up to be Indian’s new three-man “wrecking crew” on the race track.

The Wrecking Crew name harkens back to 1940s and 1950s, when Indian motorcycles last duked it out with Harley-Davidson and other brands in flat track racing, with a trio of riders.

Reaching back to that racing precedent, Indian hopes once again to battle with Harley-Davidson…both on, and off the track.

This news come fresh on the heels of AMA Pro Flat Track being rebranded as the American Flat Track (AFT) series, which also sees a number of changes to the racing format and class structure.

The return of Indian to flat track racing, along with the redoubled efforts of Harley-Davidson, are a boon to the sport, and it is clear with announcements like the one here that fans can look forward to some strong factory rivalries.

Indian has certainly stormed out of the gate with its effort, with the Indian Scout FTR750 looking to be a very serious racing machine, and with Indian securing some of the top talent in the flat track paddock.

With this machine and these riders, there will be big expectations from Indian when the 2017 American Flat Track season begins.

Source: Indian

  • Sam Miller

    It’d take a lot of screwing up or mechanicals to not win the championship with those three on-board. Good luck everybody else!

  • coreyvwc

    Win on Sunday, sell on Monday.
    Now only if they actually had something to sell…

  • John C

    tidy looking bike.

  • Benji

    I’m surprised Smith is going to Indian! His Kawasaki program was so successful. It will be interesting to see who rises to stand against this juggernaut of a team. Hopefully H-D can get the new bike competitive, it must be pretty embarrassing to get smoked by your own 20 year old satellite machinery.

  • imprezive

    Does this mean Brad Baker (and Mees if he goes again) will ride an Indian against Marc Marquez in the Superprestigio this year? Because I really want to see that.

  • Rick Williams

    This is confusing… Is “Wreaking Crew” spelled wrong? Wrecking and Wreaking are two different things. Are they Wrecking stuff or Wreaking havoc????

  • Tod Rafferty

    Good question. The original Wrecking Crew was marketed by Harley-Davidson just over 100 years ago, when Indian dominated professional racing. Lately some folks have taken to calling Indian riders a Wrecking Crew. Gotta wonder if H-D just went ahead and trademarked it.

  • imprezive

    It’s a typo, the Indian press release says Wrecking Crew.

  • coreyvwc

    Nope, the Superprestigio is a short track race. Everyone rides a 450cc dirt bike converted for flat track use.

  • imprezive

    Crushing my dreams. :(

  • sburns2421

    Not a huge fan of the dirt-tracker style in general, but that is an attractive motorcycle.
    It seems Indian/Victory is chipping away at H-D every chance they get. Indian may get their revenge yet, only took 75 years ;)

  • MrDefo

    That’s the thing that I don’t get about flat track. I think it’s a lot of fun to watch, but it’s not as if there’s an analogue to the bikes on the showroom floor. You want a dirtbike? We got that. You want a road racer? We got that. You can even buy a trials bike in some cases! A flat tracker is just this wholly unique beast.

  • Yup, my mistake while rushing to catch a plane. Apologies.

  • Robert Kwolek

    Indian, can you please sell a street version of that bike? Thank you.

  • coreyvwc

    It would be so easy to make something that at the least looks similar and has similar proportions, but the American companies just won’t risk making anything that’s not a cruiser. It sucks for everyone.

  • Eric

    Agreed, but I wouldn’t be too surprised if Indian were to build a street version, based on the Scout, if they do well. The Hooligan class bikes Roland Sands did weren’t bad looking, and it would be fairly easy for Indian to make a few adjustments to the rear frame assembly to actually make the bike more of a performance standard with flat track styling. Sounds like a winner to me.

  • appliance5000

    I’m pretty sure that the main rule of nicknames is that you can’t give yourself a nickname.

    Also -put some front brakes on the damned thing and sell it to the general public – What’s the problem?

  • MrDefo

    The scrambler craze captures the overall look, but it’s still definitely different than a flat track bike.

  • Alam Rahman

    Forget the Ducati Scrambler… I would want an Indian Flat Tracker for the road! Lets be serious no one is really taking their Ducati Scrambler off road apart form the odd eccentric or PR opportunities. So lets see Indian make this bike and sell it to us!! Its so bad ass!!!
    Love the look style and poise of this bike!

  • Jeff

    “Lately” isn’t quite accurate. Bill Tuman, Bobby Hill and Ernie Beckman were the Indian “Wrecking Crew” in the 40’s-50’s. Both brands have used the term.

  • Tod Rafferty

    And revived lately. Original documented usage was label for Detroit Tigers outfield circa 1912-13.

  • major tom

    The Superprestigio bikes use 17″ (roller skate wheels called by the Americans) not our 19″. Quite a handicap actually. The 19’s look better too, better proportioned.

  • Craigo142

    put some lights on it and a rear brake, and I’d love to buy one for the street

  • Craigo142

    and the Superprestigio bikes are 450’s for short track…