Indian Motorcycle has three teams racing in the 2021 King of the Baggers, each fielding the formidable Indian Challenger and with Tyler O’Hara, Frankie Garcia and Patricia Fernandez in the saddle. After a successful event in 2020 when Tyler O’Hara claimed top place riding that same bike, the series is returning with a 3-round format.
“There was a lot of skepticism when this category came up last year but pitting these big V-Twins against each other on a racetrack threw up some real surprises. The riders’ grit and determination made for a thrilling show, and the Indian Motorcycle pilots proved how the Challenger is capable of incredible speed and performance in the face of their competitors on the Road Glide. We’re excited to be a part of it again in 2021,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology and Service.
The Challenger holds a major advantage over the Road Glide, thanks to its best-in-class 122 horsepower PowerPlus engine. It grips the road superbly with its well-balanced chassis and great suspension, smoothed by inverted front fork tubes and a rear monoshock courtesy of Fox®.
Opening win in Atlanta
The King of the Baggers series kicked off in April with reigning champion Tyler O’Hara pulling off another triumphant win for his S&S Cycle team, ahead of Kyle Wyman and another Challenger ridden by Frankie Garcia of Roland Sands Design team.
Tyler qualified to start from pole position. After a lacklustre start he drew himself up to third position, before overtaking Frankie Garcia in second place, and then edging into the lead in the final seconds to set the fastest time in the race.