The following is from Yoshimura Suzuki…

Two races, two wins for Yoshimura Suzuki’s Toni Elias in MotoAmerica Motul Superbike action from VIR.

Toni Elias, riding his Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing GSX-R1000, swept the doubleheader race weekend of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship at the scenic Virginia International Raceway. It marked the second clean sweep of the season for Elias, who also took the double win at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, last month.

Elias reached his milestone 20th MotoAmerica victory in Saturday’s Race One. He earned the distinction of reaching 20 wins faster than any other rider in series history. He then continued adding to his tally with Sunday’s 21st-career victory. That also marked Suzuki’s 199th win in MotoAmerica/AMA Superbike history, putting them just one away from an historic 200th win.

Suzuki is the all-time wins leader among manufacturers in the 42-year history of the MotoAmerica/AMA Superbike Championship.

Elias found two different paths to victory at VIR. In Saturday’s race he trailed most of the way before making his move with two laps to go. In Sunday’s race Elias controlled the pace from the front, officially leading all 23 laps. Both races were epic battles with Elias defeating rival Cameron Beaubier by just 0.114 seconds on Saturday and 0.546 on Sunday.

With five wins in six races, Elias has stretched his championship points lead to 35.

Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Roger Hayden had a tough-luck weekend. He got caught up in a chain-reaction crash in Saturday’s race ending in a spectacular endo at speed. Hayden attempted to race Sunday. He ran as high as fourth in the early going, but began experiencing dizziness and decided the best action was to pull out of the race.

For Elias, the VIR sweep came as somewhat of a surprise.

“VIR has not always been the best track for me,” Elias explained. “In yesterday’s race I just tried to stay close to Cameron [Beaubier] and in the end I was able to find a way to pass. Today I was leading all the way. It was a different strategy, but it worked and we were able to win again and most importantly build on our points lead. This was again credit to my Yoshimura Suzuki crew. Everyone worked so hard to improve our performance at this track and it worked perfectly.

“It is Mom’s Day in Spain and I want to dedicate my victories this weekend to her.”

With a three-week break until the next round at Road America, Hayden hopes to be fully recovered and ready to race by then.

“In the first race a rider in front of us crashed and a couple of us went off track to avoid him,” Hayden said. “I ended up having a pretty big crash and hit my head pretty hard. I tried to ride today, but I was still feeling the effects of yesterday’s hit to the head. I got pretty dizzy on the bike, so I just brought it in to be safe. We’ve got three weeks to Road America. I plan on coming out strong there. It’s a good track for our bike.”

The next event on the MotoAmerica schedule takes place at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, on June 1-3, round four of the 10-event series. Suzuki is hoping to reach and perhaps even eclipse the 200-win plateau that weekend.

The following is from Yamalube/Westby Racing…

Two third-place finishes in Motul Superbike at VIR for Mathew Scholtz.

Climbing the podium and hoisting a trophy have become a regular occurrence for Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz. The South African phenom was on the MotoAmerica Superbike rostrum again on Sunday at VIRginia International Raceway with a third-place finish that matched his third-place result from Saturday.

Sunday’s race finish had Mathew and his #11 Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike a little bit closer to the front of the field, where he took the checkers less than four seconds behind race winner Toni Elias at the end of the 23-lap feature event. It was a solid weekend for Mathew and the Yamalube/Westby Racing team as they maintained their second-place position in the Championship

“At first, I kind of thought that the second race was going to pan out like the first race did,” Mathew said. “(Josh) Herrin and I kind of got caught up in battling each other again, and Toni and Cameron were able to stretch out a gap on us. Today’s race, overall, was really positive for us. We made some changes to the bike overnight, and it was a pretty big step forward. So, overall, I’m very happy with the pair of third-place finishes this weekend, especially since we were able to hang onto our second-place position in the Championship.”

After a short break in the schedule, Round 4 of the 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship will take place at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, on June 1 through 3.

The following is from KTM…

Alex Dumas won both Liqui Moly Junior Cup races at VIR.

KTM Orange Brigade road racer Alex Dumas made KTM the only winning brand to emerge from the second round of the 2018 MotoAmerica Liqui Moly Junior Cup, which was held over the weekend at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia. The French-Canadian rider has won every MotoAmerica Junior Cup race he’s started thus far and with his two wins on the weekend, Dumas now assumes the championship lead by 22 points.

Prior to the event at VIR, MotoAmerica made a competitive balance adjustment to the KTM RC 390 R, reducing its engine’s rev limit by 1,000 RPM. Despite the decreased engine performance, Dumas powered his RC 390 R to a nearly-flawless weekend, claiming pole position and a pair of commanding race-wins at the Championship of Virginia.

Dumas’ KTM Orange Brigade teammate, Sean Ungvarsky, had an up-and-down weekend at VIR. Ungvarsky looked strong in practice and qualifying, earning a second-place position behind his teammate Dumas. In Race 1, Ungvarsky was locked in a fierce battle for second-place before crashing out on lap 6. Ungvarsky bounced back for Sunday’s Race 2 as he grabbed a good start and found himself locked in another tight battle for a podium position. Despite struggling with the hotter conditions that Sunday presented, Ungvarsky ultimately brought his KTM RC 390 R home to a fifth-place finish.

Alex Dumas, #23 KTM Orange Brigade Rider:“I had a really good qualifying time and I was able to put my KTM RC 390 R on pole. In Saturday’s race, I put my head down and was able to pull a gap on the rest of the field. I kept my focus and maintained that gap to the end of the race. On Sunday, I felt really good in morning warm up. During Sunday’s race, I was locked in a battle at the front for the first half of the race. I was able to pull another gap from most of the field with another rider. Fortunately for us, the other rider made a mistake and I was able to win the race convincingly. The bike was different to ride with the lower rev limit, and Sunday’s hotter conditions made it difficult to get good drive out of corners. I was able to win both races even with the competitive balance changes, and am very happy with the performance of my KTM RC 390 R. It is the bike to be on in this class and I am looking forward to being back on it at Road America.”

Sean Ungvarsky, #48 KTM Orange Brigade Rider: “On Saturday, the bike felt great in morning qualifying. My team had a great set-up for my KTM RC 390 R and we were able to qualify right behind Alex in second-place for this weekend’s races. I learned a lot from following Alex in qualifying and had great pace in Race 1. Unfortunately, I tucked the front heading into turn 1 after only five laps. I was disappointed but it was a gentle crash and my team had my bike ready to go for Sunday morning’s warm-up session. In Sunday’s race, I felt really good at the start. The intense battle for the podium and hotter conditions began to take their toll on me but I maintained my focus and was able to score a top-five finish for our team. I definitely had to make an adjustment in my riding style with the new lower rev limit and we will be trying some tweaks to make the bike even more competitive at Road America.”

Chris Fillmore, KTM Orange Brigade Team Manager:“Before the weekend began, MotoAmerica decided to take away 1,000 RPM from the KTM RC 390 R’s rev limit. Our riders did not have an opportunity to do any testing with the changed rev limit but they did a great job adapting to the change quickly. Overall, we are very happy with the performance of both of our riders. Sean and Alex work extremely well together and we will be looking for more of the same success we’ve seen from them already at the upcoming rounds.”

Next up on the MotoAmerica Liqui Moly Junior Cup schedule is Road America, taking place June 1-3 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Both KTM riders will be looking to maintain their record of on-track success and continue demonstrating that the KTM RC 390 R is the bike to have in the MotoAmerica Liqui Moly Junior Cup.

The following is from Yamaha…

Cameron Beaubier and Mathew Scholtz were on the podium in both MotoAmerica Motul Superbike races at VIR. Photo by Brian J. Nelson

Following a hard-fought second-place finish in Saturday’s Superbike Race 1 at VIRginia International Raceway, Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Cameron Beaubier duplicated his efforts in Race 2 on Sunday, adding valuable points to his 2018 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship chase.

Led by JD Beach, who swept the competition aboard his Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha R6 with dual Supersport victories, Yamaha bLU cRU riders topped off the Championship of Virginia weekend with a total of six podium finishes on Sunday.

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing Superbike Team

When the green flag waved for the start of Superbike Race 2, Beaubier found himself in second place and began applying early pressure on race leader Tony Elias. Beaubier had company, though, in the form of Yamaha bLU cRU riders Mathew Scholtz and Josh Herrin, who swapped positions with the two-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion several times throughout the middle of the race. Beaubier emerged from the battle with the second-place position, and began his quest to reel in race leader Elias. Riding with enough intensity to make the last lap of the race his fastest, Beaubier positioned himself within striking distance of the win. Charging hard and giving it his all in the final moments of the race, he crossed the finish line in second place, a scant 0.546 seconds from the top spot of the podium.

Unfortunately, Sunday’s racing action was devoid of Garrett Gerloff, who was involved in a crash on the opening lap of Saturday’s Superbike Race 1 that ultimately sidelined him for the entire weekend in Virginia. Gerloff made a trip to the hospital on Saturday for evaluation, and it was later determined that he would not be on the grid for Sunday’s Race 2.

Cameron Beaubier – #6 YZF-R1

“I’m happy that I at least stayed on the track there in the last few laps. Yesterday, I was struggling pretty bad with grip at the end of the race, I felt like I pretty much used up the tire on the right side as much as I could and I was spinning pretty bad, so we went into today with a little different tactic. We made a couple changes to the bike, mainly on the electronics side, and I just tried to ride a little more patient race at the beginning. I felt pretty good with ten laps to go and I started trying to make my way forward. I did everything I could on the last lap to make a charge and win the race but I was struggling really hard getting by Tony. I’m happy to come away with two second-place finishes this weekend and we’re going to some tracks that are good for our bike and tracks that I love, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Garrett Gerloff – #31 YZF-R1

“It was definitely not the way that I wanted to end my weekend, and I’m really sorry to the team and everyone supporting me. I felt great all weekend and really felt connected to my R1. But unfortunately, I didn’t have the rear end grip on lap 1 and ended upon my head. When I first hit the gorund, I was hurting pretty bad but no more than any other high side I’ve ever had. Luckily, nothing felt broken and my head felt fine thanks to the top of the line gear I wear. I was coughing up blood and couldn’t breathe well on the side of the track, so I had a CT scan at the hospital that showed that I had some blood building up around my lungs, and that I had a pulmonary contusion.

I feel really good today, I’m breathing really well, and honestly feel like I could have been on the bike for Race 2 if I didn’t have the lung stuff going on. The good news is I will be 100 percent and ready to go for Road America in a few weeks’ time!”

Tom Halverson – Team Manager

“We missed Garrett today, but we are glad he is OK and looking forward to the next round at Road America. Cameron rode a great race with a strategy that was a bit different from yesterday, but he came up short after running wide in a turn late in the race and took another close second-place finish. It’s frustrating because we know Cameron has what it takes to win, but we’ll have to wait until Road America to prove it.”

Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Supersport Team

JD Beach went two-for-two in the Supersport class, riding his Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha R6 to back-to-back victories in Virginia. Beach got off to a great start in Race 2 on Sunday, and immediately put a gap between himself and the rest of the field. The two-time MotoAmerica Supersport Champion rode impeccably to finish 28 seconds ahead of Tuned Racing’s Braeden Ortt, who also placed his Yamaha R6 on the podium with a second-place finish.

JD Beach – #95 YZF-R6

“My Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Team gave me a great bike today. I think, for me, the race was won in the first five laps or so because I was able to get a little bit of a gap on Hayden. Once I got that gap, he was doing the same so I was really having to push and then he went down on lap 12 or so. It sucks to see that because he’s riding so well and for sure it’s made me a better rider because of it. My mission this year is to win as much as I can and I want to go faster than we did last year at all the tracks. I want a Superbike ride bad and I’m just working toward the future to make that happen.”

Chuck Graves – Team Owner

“In Race 2 on Sunday, JD continued right where he left off on Saturday, getting the hole shot and laying down a string of laps to gap the competition for another convincing win and increasing his point gap in the championship. I’m very proud of him and the team for their performance this weekend.”

 Additional Yamaha bLU cRU Rider Notes

Mathew Scholtz once again placed his Yamalube/Westby Racing R1 on the Superbike podium in Race 2 with perhaps his best performance yet in the series. Scholtz grabbed a top-five start and worked his way into the battle for second, where he settled in behind Beaubier on the way to claiming his fifth podium finish of the season.

Josh Herrin was the first rider to challenge Beaubier early in the second race as he vaulted his Attack Performance/Herrin Compound/Yamaha R1 into second-place by lap three. Herrin held off the hard-charging duo of Beaubier and Scholtz for eight laps before ultimately finding himself in the fourth-place position at the end of Superbike Race 2.

With Rickdiculous Racing’s Hayden Gillim crashing out of second-place on lap 12, it was Yamaha bLU cRU rider Braden Ortt who stepped up to battle for the runner-up position in Supersport Race 2. After swapping the second-place position several times throughout the race, Ortt finally made it stick and put his Tuned Racing R6 on the Supersport podium for the first time in his career.

Although MotoAmerica provided new technical guidelines for the Junior Cup class only seven days prior to the race weekend, the Graves Motorsports crew developed and delivered a new spec package for the Graves/Yamaha R3 Support Program riders and teams. Chuck Graves and bLU cRU Rider Coach Josh Hayes were also on site to provide assistance and guidance to the riders and their teams, and the results proved to be impressive.

Attack Performance/Herrin Compound’s Gavin Anthony had a consistent weekend as he rode his R3 to a second-straight podium appearance in the Junior Cup class with a second-place finish in Race 2. AGVSPORT America/MonkeyMoto R3-mounted Kevin Olmedo earned his first podium of the season with third, while his teammate, Jay Newton, finished fourth on his R3.

When asked about his thoughts regarding the action in the Junior Cup, Chuck Graves commented, “The Graves/Yamaha Supported R3 riders rode hard-fought races all weekend, and I’m really proud of how this program is progressing.”

The Yamaha bLU cRU riders will return to action June 1-3 for Round 4 of the 2018 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship series at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. For complete schedule details, visit: https://motoamerica.com/.

The following is from Hudson Motorcycles…

Richie Escalante put his Hudgson Motorcycles Yamaha on the podium on Saturday at VIR. Photo by Brock Imaging.

It was a tale of two weekends for the Quicksilver/Lexin Moto/Hudson Motorcycle riders at MotoAmerica’s second standalone event of the 2018 season. For Supersport rider Richie Escalante, the class’ two races at VIRginia International Raceway featured tough battles, close finishes, and positive results. For Superbike rider Bobby Fong, it was a weekend of overcoming bad luck and injuries to secure valuable championship points and continue developing the team’s Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike.

Escalante showed good pace from the start of the weekend and was able to secure a top-five qualifying position. For Saturday afternoon’s Supersport race, Escalante found himself locked in a tight battle with several over riders for the last podium position. In the end, Escalante triumphed over his competitors to secure his first podium of the 2018 season. In Sunday’s Supersport race, Escalante found himself in an even tighter, more intense battle. Although he did not make the podium, Escalante rode his Yamaha to a top-five finish and was able to move himself up from 10th-place to seventh-place in the class’ championship standings.

For Fong, the weekend at VIR was one to forget. Fong qualified on the second row in Saturday’s Superpole session and got a good start in race 1. Unfortunately, a rider ahead of Fong suffered a severe crash, and Fong was forced to take evasive action. Fong then went down on the grass outside turn 4 and sustained an injury to his ribs. Fong returned to action on Sunday and was fourth-fastest in Sunday morning’s 15-minute warm-up session. In Sunday’s race 2, Fong started from fifth on the grid but faded in the race due to discomfort from Saturday’s injuries. Fong regrouped near the end of the race and was able to bring his R1 home in eighth-place.

MotoAmerica’s next event will be at the Road America circuit June 1-3. The team will be looking to continue working with Escalante to make him a regular on the Supersport class podium, while the team will take the valuable data they gleaned from Fong’s race Sunday and continue working to improve their R1 on the Wisconsin track’s long straights and iconic corners.

Bobby Fong / #50, Superbike
“We had great pace in our R1 right from the start of the weekend. We had good qualifying sessions, and I was able to finish Superpole in sixth-place. I got a great start, but one of the riders ahead of me on track had a big crash and I went down in the grass while trying to avoid it. I smacked my ribs pretty good, which hindered my performance for the rest of the weekend. I got back on the bike Sunday to salvage some points from this weekend, and we were able to do that. I want to give a big shout out to my crew for getting my bike back together and having me ready to go Sunday morning. We made big steps with the bike this weekend. Road America is not a favorite track of mine, but I think it will be valuable for developing our R1 package, and I am looking forward to being back to full fitness by then.”

Richie Escalante / #54, Supersport
“It was a challenging weekend for us. We did a lot of work on our R6 on Friday. Saturday’s race was a lot of fun. It’s always great getting to battle out on track, and I was able to win the battle and make it onto the podium Saturday. For Sunday’s race, I got into an even more intense battle, and it was not possible to make a move for the podium at the end. I was still able to get my team good points, and I was happy to reward my team for the hard work they put in this weekend. I like VIR, but Road America is my favorite track on the MotoAmerica schedule. We go there next and I am really looking forward to doing well there.”

 

The following is from KWR…

Kyle Wyman fought through back pain for a solid weekend at VIR.

6D Helmets/KWR riders Kyle Wyman and Bryce Prince fought hard in their respective classes at Virginia International Raceway this past weekend for the third round of the MotoAmerica Championship. Wyman finished 7th/6th in Superbike races, while Prince brought home 10th/8th place finishes in Supersport races one and two, respectively.

Wyman’s weekend started off on a rough note when rogue back pain issues arose on Thursday during set-up day for the teams. Wyman spent three hours at a nearby chiropractic clinic in Danville, Va. while the KWR team set up the paddock area and prepped motorcycles.

“Thursday at the track I was in so much pain that I was using one of our Motion Pro paddock chairs as a walker around our pit area,” Wyman said. “If I had to ride in that condition, I don’t think I would have been able to safely. I decided to find a chiropractor nearby to help sort my back out. He said it would get worse before it got better, and he was right. Thursday night was miserable but at least I was on the right path.”

Wyman pushed through Friday practice, posting the 9th fastest combined time of the day, but not without seeing the MotoAmerica track doctors in between sessions for ultrasound and massage treatment to mend the back pain.

Saturday morning, with his back in relatively better shape, Wyman qualified 11th overall on his 6D Helmets/KWR Yamaha Superbike, his worst qualifying result of the year. In race one, an early red flag situation cut the race distance for Superbike and Wyman was gifted 3 laps, to make the race a 20-lap shortened event. He finished 7th after an initial three-way battle with fellow racers Cameron Peterson and Jake Lewis.

“Saturday’s race was mostly like a test for my body,” Wyman said. “I had only done 4 or 5 laps in a row for all of the practice and qualifying sessions, so I wasn’t sure how my back would react to 23 laps race distance. Luckily it got shortened a little bit. Honesty it was tougher to walk than to ride, but maybe that’s the adrenaline. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t relieved to see the checkered flag.”

For the Sunday morning warm up, Gary Dean and the KWR crew made some changes to the chassis to get Wyman more comfortable on the bike, and they were able to post Wyman’s best ever time around the VIR circuit: 1:24.977. The lower back must have been feeling better.

A horrible start in race two made things tougher for Wyman, who was buried in 12th place into the first corner. He made quick work of Peterson, Bobby Fong and Danny Eslick, the third of which would follow Wyman all the way to the checkered flag.

“My back felt pretty good and I was moving forward in the beginning from my bad start,” Wyman said. “From then on I saw plus-zero on my pit board every lap, and I took a look over my shoulder half way through the race to see Danny right on my ass. He was pushing me hard and I was riding with everything I had. Fortunately I was able to remain mistake-free and kept the pace really consistent, and he wasn’t able to show me a wheel.”

Despite the physical challenges, Wyman is content with his results and the consequential overall championship points standings leaving Virginia, where he sits 6th overall in the series, just three points out of Jake lewis in 5th.

“This is by far my best start to the season from a points perspective, despite the issues we have faced the last few weeks,” Wyman added. “Race two for me was an amazing feeling, only because I had such a good battle with Danny where we were pushing ourselves to the absolute limit. When I crossed the line I was fully exerted, and I could see that he was too. It’s what this sport is all about and I can’t wait until I’m exerting myself at the front instead of over 6th place. The KWR team belongs up front.”

Bryce Prince shows his form in MotoAmerica Supersport

KWR Supersport rider Bryce Prince finished 10th and 8th in Virginia aboard his 6D Helmets-sponsored Yamaha YZF-R6 this past weekend, but the results don’t tell the story. Prince was in the podium fight in each of the Supersport races Saturday and Sunday.

“VIR was a very positive weekend for us,” Prince said. “After qualifying 4th overall I knew we had found the comfort I had been looking for. I was off to a great start in race one battling for the podium, and unfortunately hit the kill switch on my bike when I went to pull a tear off on my 6D Helmet. I lost a bunch of time and worked hard to catch up but I burned my tire up in the process.”

“For race two I had another great start and held 3rd place for the first ten laps or so,” Prince added. “My tire slowly degraded and I struggled to maintain the same pace throughout the race, there was a large pack of us and I fell to 8th to finish. Overall I am extremely happy with the progress we’ve made since Atlanta, and now that we have a month off to regroup before Road America I look forward to coming into our third round more prepared than ever. I know when we get our setup dialed in we will be fighting up front!”

The MotoAmerica series heads next to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin June 1-3, 2018. In the mean time, stay tuned for news and announcements in the coming weeks.

The following is from Weir Everywhere Racing…

Travis Wyman kept his perfect season intact with another victory on his BMW at VIR. Photo by Brock Imaging

Riders are often the focal point of motorcycle road racing. However, motorcycle road racing is a team sport. Riders are born with a very unique set of skills that allow them to ride powerful motorcycles to their limit. A rider’s team, however, is integral to allowing a rider to push their machine as hard as possible and demonstrate the true extent of their talent. Travis Wyman’s commanding win at the second round of the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 class championship at VIRginia International Raceway was not simply a result of Wyman’s already-proven talent. It was also a product of Wyman surrounding himself with a team that has allowed him to finally show the MotoAmerica paddock just how talented he is.

Wyman’s pace was evident throughout the weekend. After posting the fastest time in the class’ only practice session Saturday morning, Wyman rode a blistering lap in Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session that was over a second faster than the next fastest time. Wyman again set the pace in the Sunday morning’s qualifying session, leading the field by just under a second. Wyman was the only rider to post a lap time below 1:27 in the Stock 1000 class all weekend. In Sunday afternoon’s race, Wyman got a good start on his BMW S 1000 RR, got the holeshot, and quickly built an impressive gap. Wyman took the checkered flag over 9 seconds ahead of second-place to remain a perfect two-for-two in wins for the 2018 Stock 1000 class season. With his win at VIR, Wyman extends his championship points lead to 10. After the race, Wyman credited his team for giving him a great bike set-up at a track he really likes and has had previous success at.

The next round for the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 class will be at the Road America circuit June 1-3. Wyman has one of his now-five career American professional motorcycle road racing victories at the Elkhart Lake, Wis. circuit, and the team believes the circuit’s layout will suit its BMW package.

Travis Wyman / #24, Stock 1000
“The weekend started off kind of slow for us. I didn’t feel fully comfortable on the bike in practice. I worked with my team, and my crew chief Steve Weir and my suspension specialist Lenny Albin from K-Tech made some set-up changes that gave me a great motorcycle for Saturday’s qualifying session. I instantly felt comfortable on the bike and was able to set the pace in both qualifying sessions. I finally got a good start in Sunday’s race and just put my head down for the first few laps. I didn’t even look at my pit board for the first six laps and just pushed hard that whole time. I wasn’t sure what the rest of the field would have for me in the race, but when I saw I was building a gap I was able to back off a little and bring the Weir Everywhere Racing BMW S 1000 RR home for the win. I really want to thank my team for giving me such a great bike this weekend. We are continuing to grow as a team and I could not be happier with how well we all have been working together this year. This is the best team I have been a part of in my 10 year professional motorcycle road racing career, and I am looking forward to getting this BMW out on track at Road America. My three favorite tracks on the MotoAmerica calendar are the first three tracks we visit this season, and I will be looking for more of the same success and pace I showed here VIR at the next round.”

Steve Weir / Crew Chief
“Our perfect storm keeps raging, as the team really came together even more this weekend. I said at the beginning of the weekend we have been learning how to give Travis the bike and set-up he needs to be successful, and this weekend was a great example our ability to do just that. This BMW package in stock form at this track is so good, and this is a track that Travis really likes and has a lot of experience at. We knew coming into the weekend that we had a really good chance at being at the front all weekend. I continue to be impressed with Travis. His pace, work ethic, and ability to communicate with the team has been a huge part of us getting such great performance of our BMW S 1000 RR package. Road America is another track that should really suit the BMW, and I am looking forward to seeing what Travis can do with it there.”