Indian Goes Super Hooligan in the UK


Indian Motorcycle returned to flat track racing in 2017 after a 60-plus year absence, and they've won the first seven pro flat track races they've competed in. Their Scout-based Hooligan racers show every sign of continuing that pace.

While Indian has a specially designed engine in their flat track Scout FTR750 that competes in the American Flat Track series, bikes with the 999cc Scout Sixty and 1133cc Scout engines are competing in Hooligan racing.

Spanish champion, Ferran Mas Saenz, evidently loved the Scout so much he decided to compete in the Dirt Track Riders’ Association’s (DTRA) Hooligan class for the 2017 season. The DTRA is the UK's version of American Flat Track. Saenz missed the first round, then competed in the next two, the first being the MCN Festival of Motorcycling at the Peterborough arena on a Krazy Horse prepared Scout Sixty. He took second place and earned 16 points.

Saenz won his third race which put him into first place in the championship, seven points clear of second place rider, Martin Mills, who had scored well earlier in the season, making him the possible winner of the five-race series.

All Saenz had to do was finish in the top eight in the fourth meeting of the year, which was held on the eve of the increasingly popular DirtQuake (UK). He finished in second to become the first Indian-borne championship winner since the Indian Wrecking Crew’s back-to-back wins in the early 1950s.