Robbie “Bugs” Pearson has teamed up with former GNC Crew Chief and Tuner Rick Canode of RJ Performance and become the latest privateer to choose Indian Motorcycle Racing’s Championship-winning Scout FTR750 for the coming flat track season. The FTR750 captured everyone's attention last year after Indian Motorcycle Racing won the 2017 American Flat Track Manufacturer’s Championship and saw its factory Wrecking Crew sweep the top three positions in the standings.
Pearson has been a professional flat track racer for more than 10 years but suffered a season sidelining injury at the opener last year. He'll debut on his new bike at the opening of the flat track season in Daytona.
“Everyone in the sport got a chance to see what the Indian Scout FTR750 can do, and I can truly say I’ve never been this excited to start a season,” said Pearson. “In all my years racing professionally, never have I seen bike that’s as race-ready as the Scout FTR750. I’m excited to start the season and hoping to go out and compete with the best of them.
RJ Performance is a powersports dealership located in Ottumwa, Iowa, and was established in 1982 by Canode. He has since tuned for a number of professional racers, including his son, former National #39 Matt Burton.
“The whole team at RJ Performance is very excited that we can actually race a product that we sell,” said Canode, RJ Performance President. “We’re fortunate to get a rider with Robbie’s experience and speed on the track. We relish the underdog role and the task before us.”