NJMP Wrap-Up: What The Teams Say

Kyle Wyman had an up-and-down weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

The following is from KWR…

The KWR team brought home a quartet of top-10 finishes this past weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park, in Millville, N.J.. Kyle Wyman scored 6th and 7th place finishes aboard his Cambr/Stonecastle/KWR Yamaha in Superbike while Bryce Prince finished up 8th and 10th on his RiderzLaw/KWR YZF-R6.

Mother nature offered up a variety of conditions throughout the weekend, with Friday practice hot and humid, but dry. Wyman finished the day 8th fastest on the Superbike while working on race setup, but with the forecast for rain for the balance of the weekend the hard work would prove to not make much of a difference, as Superpole and both races were ran in cold, wet conditions.

“Friday was a good day for us and we made a lot of progress with our dry setup,” Wyman said. “I’m still glad we had that time on the bike, to continue working on our new setup and we’ve become really happy. For Saturday morning it looked like we would have to start from scratch in the wet and we had to get up to speed quickly.”

The balance of the weekend was soaked with rain, remnants of a lingering tropical storm that swept the northeast. In the first practice session, Wyman posted the 9th fastest time on the slippery track before crashing, in what would be his third crash of the entire season. The KWR team repaired the bike in time for Superpole, where Wyman qualified 8th on the grid.

With high hopes for race one, the KWR team changed some settings on the bike to get Wyman more comfortable on the rain tires, but a costly miscalculation in the rear suspension setup put Wyman on track with a rear shock that was entirely too stiff for wet conditions. The lack in rear grip cost him dearly in lap times, but with the attrition in the race he was able to bring home is Cambr-sponsored Yamaha in 6th place.

“Race one was really tough for me,” Wyman said. “I felt like the rear tire was losing grip throughout the race, and I wondered at times whether I had a leak in the rear tire or the pressure was off. It turns out I wasn’t crazy and after looking at the data from the race we noticed that the rear suspension was barely moving. We realized quickly the mistake we made and felt fortunate in that moment that I was able to finish the race in those conditions.”

The KWR team went back to work, correcting the suspension miscue and making further adjustments to the forks. Wyman posted the 9th fastest time in Sunday morning warm up, but even with much wetter conditions he felt more comfortable on the bike.

In race two Wyman got off to a fast start, picking up two positions in the opening lap to sit in 6th spot. In turn 10 on the first lap a rare mistake from Wyman sent him sliding down the track for the first time all year during a race.

“I felt really comfortable on the bike during the warm up lap and felt like I could make a push to the front early,” Wyman said. “In turn 10 I was carrying some good entry speed, and Roger (Hayden) who was in front of me slowed up a ton, I had to chop the throttle a little quicker than I would have liked, and the bike pitched forward really quick and I was on the ground before I knew it. Luckily the bike was in good shape and I could continue on.”

Wyman continued on from last place, and found the pace to be the third fastest rider on track, fighting his way up to 8th. With the battle for 5th in sight, and gaining time on them with each lap, Wyman made the same costly mistake in the same corner only to find himself picking up the bike from the same spot in the grass. Again, the bike was in rideable condition, and Wyman got back in the race without losing position. He would fight his way to 7th place to finish on the lead lap.

“When I was sliding down the track for the second time, I couldn’t believe it,” Wyman added. “I felt like I didn’t do anything wrong, I just suddenly lost the front the same way I had the first time. My only thought was to get back on the bike if I could, and I got back in the race just ahead of Cam Beaubier, who was leading and coming around to lap me. I was able to pull away from him to stay on the lead lap. It was frustrating to know I had the pace to run up front but threw it away, twice. Either way, I’m happy with the way I rode when I kept it up and have even more confidence in the rain now.”

]The shortened Superbike race, which ran only 18 laps compared to Saturday’s 23-lap main, would close out the weekend as Wyman fought to the very end. His last lap of the race was 4 seconds faster than anyone else on track.

“I can’t thank the Cambr/Stonecastle guys and Josh Siegel specifically for stepping up to support the team this weekend,” added Wyman, who dropped to 8th place in series points standings after Sunday. “If I had more positive camber in turn 10, it would have helped me stay on the bike and ride to a podium, the way that Cambr offers financial solutions to support local communities and help businesses grow.”

“We had high hopes for the NJMP race, after our podium in 2017. I would have loved nothing more than to have a dry race again in Jersey this year, but it wasn’t to be. I can’t wait for our final round at Barber Motorsports Park in two weeks.”

To learn more about Cambr, backed by Stonecastle Financial, visit their website at www.cambr.com

The season finale at Barber Motorsports Park takes place, September 21-23, 2018 in Leeds, Alabama.

Bryce Prince posts top-10 finishes, moves to 3rd in Championship Standings

Coming off a hot streak of two podium finishes, the RiderzLaw/KWR rider Bryce Prince battled through the rain to score two top-10 finishes in New Jersey. The Californian climbed up to tie for 3rd in the Supersport championship as the series heads in to the final round.

“New Jersey was a very high and low weekend for us,” Prince said. “After putting the bike on the front row Friday I knew I had a good pace in the dry. However, it poured rain the next two days and I struggled to get a good feeling with the track surface. I was able to bring home two top-10 finishes for my team. These aren’t the results I know I was capable of, but we sit tied for 3rd in the championship now and I’m looking forward to fighting strong at Barber!”

The following is from Yoshimura Suzuki…

Roger Hayden finished on the podium in race two at NJMP.

New Jersey Motorsports Park was drenched under the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon, yet in spite of soaking conditions Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Roger Hayden and Toni Elias both earned rostrum finishes in Sunday’s MotoAmerica Superbike race two.

Hayden ran a steady race two on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike and finished runner up, earning his best result of the season. Elias made a come-from-behind charge running fifth in the early going before rallying to finish third. It was a strong turnaround after Saturday’s rain race in New Jersey that saw Hayden finishing fourth and Elias crashing while trying to move up from third.

The 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship was clinched by Cameron Beaubier after winning Sunday’s race. Both Elias and Hayden congratulated Beaubier for he and his team’s excellent season. Going into the final round Elias remains second in the standings, while Hayden’s solid weekend moved him up to seventh.

“For me it was a great weekend,” said Hayden, who also qualified second in Superpole. ”I took fourth yesterday, but didn’t really feel that comfortable on the bike. The team made some changes overnight and today my bike was a lot better. The track was slicker and more treacherous today, but we managed to finish second. I’m pretty excited because I haven’t been on the podium in awhile and it’s great, especially for my guys.

“I’m looking forward to Barber. It’s my last race and tons of people from home are coming so I can’t wait.”

For Elias, his last hope of trying to chase down Beaubier in this year’s championship came to an end, but the 2017 MotoAmerica Champion is optimistic about winning back the No. 1 plate next season.

“I want to congratulate Cameron for a great season,” Elias said. “We had some great battles this year and he and his team really stepped up their level. I gave it my best to try to keep the championship alive yesterday. I was trying to gain another position to earn back more points on Cameron when I pushed too hard and crashed. Today we came back to the podium and it was great to be up there with Roger.

“Now we will try to finish strong in the final race at Barber and then prepare to come back stronger than ever next season. I have a great team behind me and we will all be very motivated to try to win back this championship next year.”

The 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship wraps up with the final event in two weeks at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 21-23. You can catch MotoAmerica racing action televised on beIN Sports.

The following is from Yamalube/Westby Racing…

Mathew Scholtz finished on the podium in Saturday’s Superbike race but crashed out on Sunday.

Sunday was Mathew Scholtz’s 26th birthday, and he was excited to spend it at one his favorite places—in the saddle of his #11 Yamalube/Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike. He started from the pole in the afternoon’s rain-shortened 18-lap feature event, with track conditions that usually favor Mathew’s smooth riding style.

After having a slight bauble off the line, Mathew settled in and put himself in second-place behind eventual race winner Cameron Beaubier. And then, suddenly, the storybook scenario had a cruel twist of fate as Mathew crashed out of the race, unhurt but unable to get his bike back in the race. Unfortunately, there would be no race win, or even a race finish, for the “Durban Dynamo” on his birthday.

“Well, that didn’t go the way we’d hoped,” Mathew commented.” “We had a good setup for the race, and I was feeling comfortable after having a little slip at the start. I settled in, and started working on closing the gap to Cam (Beaubier in first place). But, when you’re racing in the rain, it only takes a small mistake to ruin your day. I’m sorry to our team that I crashed out because we had a strong bike today, and I was in a good position for a solid result. It was definitely not the birthday present I wanted.”

The final round of the 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship will take place at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 21 through 23.

For more updates about Yamalube/Westby Racing, including news, photos, and videos, visit http://www.WestbyRacing.com

The following is from Yamaha…

Cameron Beaubier wrapped up the 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship on Sunday at NJMP.

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Cameron Beaubier became a three-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion on Sunday after wrapping up the 2018 title with a confident victory amid a rainy, wet and slick Race 2 at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

The battle for the 2018 Superbike Championship was all about momentum, and Beaubier found his groove at just the right time. After working through some challenges to earn a consistent string of podium finishes in the first three rounds of the series, he dropped the hammer at Round 4 to earn a pair of significant victories that ignited his successful run for the 2018 title. Moving on to tally a four-race winning-streak, Beaubier built a points lead and gained confidence to ride at a level that proved hard to beat in the second half of the season.

Overall, Beaubier captured eight wins, eight podium-finishes and five Superpoles to earn the prestigious title of 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion while bringing home a ninth Superbike title for Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA.

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing Superbike Team

Severe weather conditions called for some changes to Sunday’s race schedule, including earlier start times and shortened race lengths. Nonetheless, Cameron Beaubier remained focused, starting the day calm and collected. When the green flag waved to start Superbike Race 2, he launched his R1 from the grid and settled into the second-place position before assessing the extreme track conditions and making his move to the front of the pack. From there, Beaubier confidently set the pace on his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing R1 as rain continued to pour down over New Jersey Motorsports Park. After leading all 18 laps of Race 2, Beaubier brought home the 2018 Superbike Championship title to cap a very memorable weekend of racing in New Jersey.

Meanwhile, his teammate, Garrett Gerloff, was hard at work battling for a podium position. Gerloff got a great start and positioned himself inside the top five early on. Despite the wet and challenging track conditions, the Superbike rookie fought to keep himself within striking distance of a podium position. After increasing his pace in the final laps, Gerloff finished in fourth place, only a few seconds away from a podium position.

Cameron Beaubier – #6 YZF-R1

“To wrap up the Championship with a win on my R1 is the cherry on top. I wasn’t too confident going into the race with this weather, but it turned out good. I’m over the moon! I can’t thank everyone enough who helped us accomplish this. Like I said yesterday, we never quit even when we were struggling. Feels great to bring that number one plate home for Yamaha!”

Garrett Gerloff – #31 YZF-R1

“I was happy with my R1 and my start, but between practice this morning and the race, a lot of things seemed to change and we lost the good feeling that we had. I rode the best I could, but a fourth-place [finish] was all we had. I’m ready to come back for the last round at Barber.”

Tom Halverson – Team Manager

“It felt incredibly good to bring home Yamaha’s ninth Superbike Championship today, and we are so proud of Cam! This season he had incredible focus and speed, as well as the ability to make the best of a rough day. Congratulations to our entire team, including our YMUS [Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA] team members who are not at the race track but provide us with critical support that we need to win. Thanks, and congratulations to all our sponsors, especially Monster Energy, Yamalube, Yamaha Financial Services and Graves Motorsports!”

2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings – 18 of 20 Series Races Completed

Pos.                Rider                                                      Points

1                     Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha        370
2                     Toni Elias – Suzuki                              289
3                     Josh Herrin – Yamaha                      253
4                     Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha              210
5                     Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha               199              

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

After clinching the 2018 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship on Saturday, JD Beach was ready for another win. Beach quickly maneuvered his Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha R6 into the second-place position at the start of Race 2, but the newly crowned Supersport Champion rode cautiously through the opening laps due to rainy and slick track conditions. On lap four, he capitalized on a mistake by race leader Hayden Gillim and moved to the front of the pack. From there, Beach maintained a solid pace in the unpredictable conditions to ride his R6 to victory for the eleventh time this season.

JD Beach – #95 YZF-R6

“Today was another tricky race. The conditions were tougher than yesterday with more rain and colder temps. We got another rocket start with my R6 and I felt pretty good. Hayden passed me quick and I knew he was going to want to try and break away. I wanted to try and pressure him as much as possible. He made just a small mistake and tipped over, but I knew he would get going again. From there I just tried to be smooth for the last 12 laps. Any wrong move could catch you out. At the end of the day, I was able to bring the Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha R6 home with another win and no mud on it. Now the crew and I have our heads down looking forward to Barber.”

Chuck Graves – Team Owner

“JD rode a smart race today, managing the difficult conditions. I am proud of him for his patience and accuracy throughout the 16-lap wet race, ultimately taking the win for the Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Team.”

2018 MotoAmerica Supersport Standings – 15 of 17 Series Races Completed

Pos.                Rider                                                  Points

1                      JD Beach – Yamaha                      348
2                      Hayden Gillim – Yamaha             250
3                      Valentin Debise – Suzuki               150
4                      Bryce Prince – Yamaha               150 

Additional Yamaha bLU cRU Rider Notes

In Supersport action, pole-sitter and Race 1 winner Hayden Gillim propelled his Rickdiculous Racing R6 into the lead from the start of Sunday’s Race 2. Gillim led the first three laps before going down, but the slick conditions allowed his bike to slide across the ground without major damage, enabling him to quickly remount and continue charging. Gillim then fought his way through the field to finish with an impressive second-place. YCRS/Motorcycle Mall’s Anthony Mazziotto III rounded out an all-Yamaha bLU cRU podium with a standout performance on his R6, earning his first Supersport podium of the season in his home state of New Jersey.

Yamaha bLU cRU rider Tawfik Khalil prevailed through the tough conditions on Sunday to pilot his Khalil Racing International R1 to a season-first victory in the Stock 1000 class. Ohare Motorsports’ Ricky O’Hare also raced his R1 to a season-first podium, finishing with an impressive third in New Jersey.

The Graves/Yamaha R3 Support Program riders proved to be on top of their game this weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Following a podium sweep for the R3 in Saturday’s Junior Cup Race 1, MonkeyMoto/AGVSPORT’s Jay Newton was victorious while leading another Yamaha bLU cRU sweep in Sunday’s Race 2. Yamaha R3 riders claimed the top four positions in the class, with MP13 Racing’s Cory Ventura in second, Tuned Racing’s Joseph Blasius with his first podium appearance of the season in third, and Riderzlaw Racing’s Jackson Blackmon securing fourth-place in the toughest of conditions in New Jersey.

“The Junior Cup race was very exciting today,” commented Chuck Graves. “The Yamaha R3 was dominate in the tricky weather conditions, sweeping the podium again. A big congratulations to Jay Newton, Cory Ventura, and Joseph Blasius for the one-two-three punch!”

The Yamaha bLU cRU riders will head to Birmingham, Alabama Sept. 21-23 for the final round of the 2018 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship series at Barber Motorsports Park. For complete schedule details, visit https://motoamerica.com/.

The following is from KTM…

KTM’s Alex Dumas won the Liqui Moly Junior Cup Championship on Sunday.

Alex Dumas and the KTM Orange Brigade Road Racing Team wrapped up the inaugural MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship on Sunday in difficult conditions at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Dumas rode a conservative, championship-winning race on a rain-soaked track on the RC 390 R, equipped with the new SS300 Race Kit, to mark the first-ever U.S. National Road Racing Championship for the KTM brand and further extends this significant accomplishment from the young Canadian native.

Through the first 15 races Dumas has earned eight victories and two podium finishes, making him the most winningest rider in MotoAmerica’s young Junior Cup history. The 2018 Champion will continue to battle for race wins as the series heads into its final two races of the season at the end of the month.

Dumas endured a tough day on Saturday. He got a good start from third on the grid and was running inside the top five when he made a mistake in the difficult, wet conditions and crashed out with four laps to go. Sunday’s race saw Dumas get another good start and intelligently slow his pace as his championship rivals struggled to come to terms with the rain-soaked track. His seventh-place finish was enough to secure the Junior Cup Championship with two races to go in the series.

In addition to a $15,000 championship bonus check from KTM North America, Inc., Dumas has been presented with a wild card opportunity to represent North America under the canopy of the German KTM-Supported Team Freudenberg in the WorldSSP300 class for Round 11 of the FIM Superbike World Championship in Magny-Cours, France. Dumas will be racing a KTM RC 390 R with the competitive Customer Racing SSP300 kit, just like the one he pilots in the U.S. MotoAmerica Championship.

Dumas’ teammate, Sean Ungvarsky, showed a return-to-form after struggling at the previous round. He got a good start in Saturday’s Race 1 and quickly worked his way up the running order to a seventh-place finish. In Sunday’s Race 2, Ungvarsky struggled with the more difficult conditions and finished in eighteenth-place.

Chris Fillmore, KTM Orange Brigade Team Manager: “I am extremely proud of Alex for all of the hard work, focus and determination he has displayed this season at such a young age and he looks to have a very bright future. Due to Alex’s dominance in the MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship, KTM was able to secure one seat for him as a wildcard entry at Magny-Cours. It’s the perfect opportunity for him to present his abilities on the world stage and is aligned perfectly with KTM’s continued vision for growing and pushing youth road racing. We are very happy and grateful to the team at KTM Customer Racing and Team Freudenberg for facilitating this opportunity. On behalf of KTM, the Orange Brigade Team and Crew Chief Uli Toporsch, we want to congratulate and thank Alex for earning the first U.S. National Road Race Championship for KTM!”

Alex Dumas, #23 KTM Orange Brigade Rider: “I felt good in qualifying this weekend and got a good start in Saturday’s race. My KTM RC 390 R was feeling good and I had good pace despite the difficult conditions. I made a small mistake late in the race and crashed out. My team worked really hard last night to get the bike back together, and the bike felt good during the morning warm-up session. The conditions today were even more difficult than yesterday, but I got another good start and rode a smart race to claim my first MotoAmerica championship! I never thought I’d win a National Championship, but we had a great start to the season and I had really good pace in every round this season. I cannot thank KTM, my team and my family enough for the support they have given me this season.”

Sean Ungvarsky, #48 KTM Orange Brigade Rider“This weekend was definitely a learning experience for me. I do not have a lot of experience racing in wet conditions, and I was learning something new every lap. We had a great race on Saturday, and I am aiming to take the strides we’ve made with our KTM RC 390 R’s set-up this weekend into the next round at Barber Motorsports Park.”