Flat Track: Round #9 - Virginia Mega Mile Report

Jared Mees race action shot

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) took home his first victory in 2013 to close out Saturday's Virginia Mega Mile, Round 9 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track.

The inaugural event on Colonial Downs' supersized 1.25-mile circuit in New Kent, Va. proved to be a wild one. For the first half of the race, Bryan Smith (Kawasaki) looked to be well on his way to a third 2013 victory until he suffered a bike malfunction on lap eight, opening up the flood gates for his competitors.

Defending Grand National Champion Mees took full advantage of Smith's mishap, taking the lead and never relinquishing it for the remainder of the 18-lap main event.

"I got a decent start and thought I would just dice it out with Henry (Wiles) and Brad (Baker) for second after seeing Bryan (Smith) get out to such a commanding lead early on," said Mees. "As soon as Bryan's bike broke and Brad dropped out, I kept making my marks and just brought her home. I've been up and down all season and to get this win here is huge. This track is really big and my Harley-Davidson brought me home. I know 90% percent of the fans here are Harley-Davidson fanatics, so rock on!"

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Jared Mees Podium shot