The following is from Kyle Wyman Racing…
The KWR team heads into round four of the MotoAmerica Championship this weekend at Road America, in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Print supplier Excelsus Solutions will title sponsor KWR as Kyle Wyman continues his assault on the 2018 Superbike series. Wyman will ride the #33 Excelsus Print Solutions/KWR Yamaha YZF-R1 and sits sixth in series standings.
Wyman missed the Road America race in 2017 due to a concussion that he suffered while riding as a fill-in rider in the European Superstock 1000 series at Donington Park. This year, Wyman is 100% ready to go and has shaken off any lingering back issues from the previous round.
“I’m happy to say that we are 100% ready to go fight it out this weekend in Wisconsin,” Wyman said. “Road America is my favorite track on the schedule, so it was a major bummer last year to have to sit on the sidelines. I’m feeling great physically and mentally for this coming weekend and it’s been good to regroup after the first three rounds were stacked on top of each other. I am also excited to bring Excelsus Solutions back on as a weekend title sponsor.”
Wyman has had much success at Road America in the past. He has won two pro nationals at the course, in 2012 and 2014 in the now-defunct AMA Pro Harley-Davidson series. When asked about his chances for a podium result at Road America, Wyman is confident he can find his way back on the box.
“This year we have battled small issues at each round,” Wyman said. “The first two rounds it was bike-related, and at round three it was my physical condition. Road America is a track that I love and have done very well at in the past, much like New Jersey Motorsports Park. We have a plan for the weekend and when we follow the plan we have good results. I believe we will find our late 2017 form and fight for the podium this weekend now that everything is ironed out.”
KWR Supersport rider Bryce Prince has battled similar adversity in the opening rounds of the championship, with small challenges tasking him as the series rolls on. Prince has been fighting for podium places at Road Atlanta and VIR, but this weekend promises to put him back on top.
“After having a very positive weekend at VIR, I am excited to head into Road America for round three of the championship,” Prince said. “We made huge progress at VIR and battled for the podium in both races. I am looking to improve even more this weekend and I can’t wait to see what’s in store.”
The following is from Yamaha…
The 2018 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship resumes this weekend with Round 4 of the series taking place at the legendary Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The 4.05-mile, 14-turn road course is a favorite stop for many Yamaha bLU cRU riders, and it sets the stage for an always-exciting weekend of racing in the Midwest.
Cameron Beaubier has faced a few challenges since the start of the series this year, but he has led many laps along the way to consistently place his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing R1 on the podium in all but one race. With Road America being one of his favorite racing venues, the Two-Time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion is ready to capture his first win of the season.
Garrett Gerloff will return to racing this weekend after being forced to withdraw from both races at Round 3 in Virginia, where injuries he sustained in a crash on the opening lap of Saturday’s Superbike Race 1 rendered him unable to ride. Gerloff will arrive at Road America fully-healed, and the Superbike class Rookie intends to place his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing R1 back on the podium again.
Cameron Beaubier – #6 YZF-R1
“The last few weeks I’ve spent a decent amount of time on my dirt bike, but I’m getting antsy to throw a leg back over my R1 at one of my favorite tracks on the calendar. I feel like we are going into this race in a good spot.”
Garrett Gerloff – #31 YZF-R1
“Everything has been really good since I got out of the hospital in Virginia. I was able to do some light cycling a few days after the accident and went from there. My body feels more than ready to fight at the front in Wisconsin! I also was able to go to the French MotoGP race and watch the epic action, thanks to HJC helmets. It was awesome to watch the best in the world up-close, and I hope to take that intensity to Road America this weekend.”
2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings – 6 of 20 Series Races Completed
Pos. Rider Points
1 Tony Elias – Suzuki 138
2 Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha 103
3 Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha 103
4 Josh Herrin – Yamaha 75
5 Jake Lewis – Suzuki 55
6 Kyle Wyman – Yamaha 52
7 Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha 48
Superbike Superpole (Qualifying) is on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. CST, Superbike Race 1 will go green on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. CST and Superbike Race 2 is on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. CST.
Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Supersport Team
Two rounds into the 2018 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship, Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha’s JD Beach has put a 30-point gap over the rest of the field as he vies for his second career title in the class. With three race wins behind him this season, Beach looks to pilot his R6 to the top step of the podium once again at Road America.
JD Beach – #95 YZF-R6
“Road America should be a great weekend. It’s a beautiful track in a great area. I’ve really enjoyed the track in the past and enjoy racing through the trees. My Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha R6 has always been real quick there, so I can’t wait to get to race day.”
2018 MotoAmerica Supersport Standings – 4 of 18 Series Races Completed
Pos. Rider Points
1 JD Beach – Yamaha 95
2 Hayden Gillim – Yamaha 65
3 Cory West – Suzuki 53
4 Braeden Ortt – Yamaha 42
Supersport Qualifying at Road America is Saturday at 10:50 a.m. CST, Supersport Race 1 is scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CST, and Supersport Race 2 will go green on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. CST.
Meet the Yamaha bLU cRU Road Racers Twice This Weekend!
All your favorite Yamaha bLU cRU road racers will be available for autographs at their Team Transporters during the Dunlop Paddock Autograph Session on Saturday from Noon to 12:45 p.m., and again on Sunday during the Dunlop Hot Pit Walk & Autograph Session on pit lane from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Cameron and Garrett from Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing, JD from Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha, and more Yamaha bLU cRU riders will be on site along with the Monster Energy and Y.E.S. Umbrella Girls.
For the complete MotoAmerica race schedule and event details, visit: http://motoamerica.com/.
The following is from Yamalube/Westby Racing…
Round 4 of the 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship gets under way this Friday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, and the 4.05-mile, 14-turn natural road course is a favorite stop for Mathew Scholtz and the Yamalube/Westby Racing team.
“It’s the very first American racetrack that I competed on when I came to the U.S. back in 2016,” Scholtz said. “And last year, we took the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Championship lead at Road America and never relinquished it. So, Road America is a special place for the team and me.”
With a Superbike race win and five podium finishes out of six races thus far in the 2018 season, Mathew and the team will be looking to continue their success this weekend at “America’s National Park of Speed.” They’re also hoping that their recent participation in a Performance Riding Experience Track Day at VIRginia International Raceway will reap dividends at Road America.
“The VIR Test was great for us, and we made a big step forward,” commented Scholtz. “So, big thanks to the folks at P.R.E. for giving us some seat time. As for Road America, it’s a fast track with hard braking zones, and I really like the layout. It’s one of my favorite tracks because it reminds me of some of the long circuits that I raced on in Europe. And, now that we’re racing in Superbike, I can really exploit the top speed of the Yamaha YZF-R1. Plus, the scenery, the grounds, and especially the fans at Road America are topnotch.”
Superbike Qualifying Practice sessions begin on Friday, and Superbike Superpole (Qualifying) is on Saturday at 11:30 PM Central Time. Superbike Race 1 will go green on Saturday at 3:30 PM Central, and Superbike Race 2 is on Sunday also at 3:30 PM Central.
Meet Mathew, Get An Autographed Poster, And More
Scholtz will be available for autographs at the Yamalube/Westby Racing transporter in the Road America paddock during the Dunlop Paddock Autograph Session on Saturday from 12 to 12:45 PM. The Dunlop Hot Pit Walk & Autograph Session, scheduled for 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Sunday on pit lane at Road America, is another great opportunity to meet Mathew. He’ll be handing out free, autographed posters and other team items, and you can also get your picture taken with him, as well as with Lacy Contreras, the Yamalube/Westby Racing brand ambassador. Also, be sure to ask Lacy to sign you up for the team’s fantastic sponsor giveaways.
Check Out The Yamalube/Westby Racing Sponsor Showcase
Fast Frank Racing, GALE SPEED, Translogic Systems Ltd., and MWR Air Filters will be the featured team sponsors on display in the Yamalube/Westby Racing paddock area, so be sure to stop by to say hello and learn about some of the companies that support the team.
For more updates about Yamalube/Westby Racing, including news, photos, and videos, visit http://www.WestbyRacing.com