PittRace Round Eight: What The Teams Had To Say

Valentin Debise gave Team Hammer it’s 200th podium finish and 70th victory on Saturday at PittRace.

The following is from Suzuki…

Team Hammer concluded the MotoAmerica weekend at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in mixed fashion, combining a historic win with multiple strong performances and a race that delivered stinging disappointment.

On Saturday M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Valentin Debise rode to a convincing Supersport race win aboard his GSX-R600 to earn Team Hammer’s 200th AMA Pro/MotoAmerica National podium while also claiming the team’s 70th AMA Pro/MotoAmerica National race win.

The Frenchman got off the starting grid in second place and didn’t wait long to strike. He took the lead with a nifty pass while still working the race’s opening lap. Debise controlled the race from the front from that point on and never came under serious threat of losing the lead.

“Finally!” a triumphant Debise said after the race. “Since my first win this season, I was waiting for so long to get another one. I kept my confidence and continued working hard the entire time. I changed a couple things with my riding style over the past month and today it paid off.”

In Sunday’s Supersport race, Debise was unable to repeat Saturday’s win, despite giving all that he had — and then some. Debise went wheel to wheel with his rivals, executing a number of brave and creative passes as the race took shape in its early stages, but then he crashed out spectacularly just after passing up into second position.

Debise was able to return to his feet after the terrifying, bike-destroying crash, but was then transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released. Despite the DNF, he continues to rank third in points at 150 on the strength of seven podiums and two victories.

Meanwhile, M4 medAge Suzuki’s Nick McFadden and M4 RiCK! Suzuki’s Daytona Anderson collected a pair of top-10 Supersport results on Sunday in Debise’s absence.

McFadden was in the mix for fourth before a red flag ended the race a couple laps prematurely. He was ultimately credited with seventh, less than 0.7-second behind fourth. Similarly, Anderson finished 10th despite being involved in a fight for eighth before the red flag brought the race to an early end.

M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R1000 pilot, Jake Lewis, put in a gutsy ride in Saturday’s MotoAmerica Superbike race, which featured treacherous wet-to-dry race conditions after it started to rain moments after the conclusion of the Supersport race.

Lewis charged his way forward after starting near the back of the field. In the end, he took the checkered flag in sixth after passing four riders in two late-race laps, just missing his 10th Superbike top-five result of the 2018 season.

On Sunday, Lewis delivered another stirring ride in the premier-class shootout. The former Superbike Rookie of the Year again charged his way up from 12th on the grid aboard his fire-breathing GSX-R1000 and elbowed his way into podium contention.

From there, Lewis battled with a pair of 2018 Superbike race winners as they fought over the final spot on the box. Lewis slotted up into fourth late and was looking for a way into third when the checkered flag brought the thrilling showdown to an end. The result was Lewis’ 10th top-five of the season. He currently ranks sixth in Superbike points at 166

“It was a pretty good race for us (on Sunday). Starting further back than usual made it tougher but we made some good passes and had a couple of crashes in front of us and then we were fighting for the podium again,” said Lewis. “The team worked very hard, as usual, and the bike was performing great in the race. With the rain this weekend, it left everyone looking for more grip but our bike was working well and it was up to me to make it happen for the podium. I didn’t quite get it but we got fourth and we can build on that.”

Team Hammer will be back in action in just two weeks as the 2018 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship heads to its penultimate round at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey, on September 7-9. Visit beIN SPORTS for the televised coverage schedule for the 2018 MotoAmerica race series.

JD Beach won Sunday’s Supersport race at PittRace and has a virtual lock on the series championship.

The following is from Yamaha…

Superbike points leader Cameron Beaubier continued his pursuit of a third career title at the MotoAmerica Championship of Pittsburgh, earning valuable points with a hard-fought second-place finish in Race 2 on Sunday. With two rounds remaining in the 2018 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship, Beaubier holds a 56-point lead in the championship standings.

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing Superbike Team

As the green flag waved to start Superbike Race 2, Beaubier was ready to launch his R1 from the pole-position to the front of the pack when he accidentally missed a shift after leaving the starting line. The error resulted in Beaubier rolling back to fourth place, but he quickly went to work and caught up to his third-place teammate, Garrett Gerloff. After moving into the third-place position, Beaubier set his sights on Yamaha bLU cRU rider Josh Herrin, passing him for second place on lap four.

Beaubier charged away from the rest of the field, then closed the gap on race-leader Toni Elias and pressured him for the lead position throughout the second half of the race. With one lap to go, Beaubier completed a successful pass for the lead, but Elias managed to reclaim the position. Beaubier rode smart and kept charging all the way to the final straightaway, where he narrowly missed the race victory by 0.046 of a second.

Garrett Gerloff took advantage of the power of his R1 and a front row starting position to battle at the front of the pack during the first laps of the race. Gerloff swapped positions early on with Herrin and then Beaubier, but a race-ending high-side crash on lap six brought his weekend to an early end. Luckily, Gerloff escaped uninjured and will set his sights on a podium finish at the next round of racing in New Jersey.

Cameron Beaubier – #6 YZF-R1

“I missed a shift off the starting line that hurt my first lap, but the R1 and I were able to make our way back up to Toni [Elias] in the lead. I was trying to be patient and make my move at the end of the race. We diced back and forth and came up barely short of the win. I’m glad and proud to leave here smart and safe with a firm points lead going into the last two rounds.”

Garrett Gerloff – #31 YZF-R1

“After the crazy race yesterday, it was nice to know that we were going to have a dry race today. I felt like I had a good start and some good pace on my R1 in the race, but unfortunately on the sixth lap after passing Herrin for third place, I had an off-throttle deceleration high-side going into turn 12. I’m really, really disappointed with how everything ended today. I really had high hopes for the race today, but sometimes the unpredictable happens and all you can do is look forward. On to New Jersey!”

Tom Halverson – Team Manager

“Cameron gave it his best on his R1 with a very exciting last lap battle, missing the win by just 0.046 seconds. We are happy, though, to go into the last two rounds with a very solid points lead for the championship. Garrett was also feeling great on his R1 today, so it was very frustrating for him to go down. He made another step in the right direction and knows he is close to consistently running at the front.” 

2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings – 16 of 20 Series Races Completed

Pos.                Rider                                                      Points

1                     Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha        329
2                     Toni Elias – Suzuki                              273
3                     Josh Herrin – Yamaha                      228
4                     Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha              190
5                     Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha               177
7                     Kyle Wyman – Yamaha                   130              

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

JD Beach came into Sunday’s Supersport Race 2 looking to return to the top of the podium with his R6, but fellow Yamaha bLU cRU racers Hayden Gillim and Bryce Prince were up for the challenge. At the start of Race 2, Beach immediately went to work by launching his R6 to the front of the pack on the opening lap of the race, but a red flag incident sent all of the riders back to the grid for a restart. When the green flag waved to start the race again, Beach found himself engaged in a battle with Valentin Debise, who suffered an unfortunate crash, leaving Beach in third place. Beach set his sights on Prince for second place, made his move to claim the position, and then focused on race-leader Gillim. The duo swapped the lead several times before another red flag came out with two laps to go, ultimately ending the race with Beach in first place.

JD Beach – #95 YZF-R6

“Well today for Race 2 it was a crazy one. Lots of crashes and red flags, so I hope everyone is OK. But it was good to bounce back from our race yesterday. My R6 was working awesome and let me battle hard. The group of us were throwing passes left and right, and it was a ton of fun. Pittsburgh was a great track, but NJMP [New Jersey Motorsports Park] can’t come soon enough!”

Chuck Graves – Team Owner

“JD had an exciting race today, swapping the lead position many times during the shortened race. In the end, JD and the R6 scored another victory for the history books.”

2018 MotoAmerica Supersport Standings – 13 of 17 Series Races Completed

Pos.                Rider                                                  Points

1                      JD Beach – Yamaha                      303
2                      Hayden Gillim – Yamaha             205
3                      Valentin Debise – Suzuki               150
4                      Bryce Prince – Yamaha               136 

Additional Yamaha bLU cRU Rider Notes

Attack Performance/Herrin Compound/Yamaha’s Josh Herrin put his R1 back on the podium with a third-place finish in Sunday’s Superbike Race 2 after charging hard in the final laps of the race. Fresh from winning Race 1 in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Herrin got off to a good start in Race 2, but a mistake caused him to get shuffled into a top-five position early on. Herrin held on, though, and dug deep in the middle of the race to come back and claim the final podium position.

In Supersport action, Rickdiculous Racing’s Hayden Gillim put up a great fight against race-winner JD Beach, and led the most laps of Sunday’s shortened Race 2. Following the red flag restart after a crash on the opening lap, Gillim put his R6 out front from the beginning and fought hard to hold off Beach. Despite a hard charge by Gillim after Beach moved into the lead, the race was cut short on lap nine due to another red flag, and Gillim was scored with a second-place finish. Bryce Prince completed the Yamaha bLU cRU podium sweep, piloting his Riderzlaw Racing/KWR R6 to a solid third-place finish.

The Graves/Yamaha R3 Support Program riders made big strides on Sunday by capturing second through fifth-place finishes in Race 2 of the MotoAmerica Junior Cup. MP13 Racing’s Cory Ventura was once again at the helm of the Yamaha bLU cRU pack, making his second podium appearance of the weekend with second-place finish in Race 2. Ventura was joined on the podium by RiderzLaw Racing’s Jackson Blackmon in third., while MonkeyMoto/AGVSPORT’s Kevin Olmedo and Toby K Racing’s Toby Khamsouk finished just off the podium with fourth and fifth places, respectively.

“The Graves/Yamaha R3 riders fought hard today,” said Chuck Graves, “They managed to take four of the top-five positions, and narrowly missed the win at the finish line.”

The Yamaha bLU cRU riders will head to Millville, New Jersey Sept. 7-9 for Round 9 of the 2018 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship series at New Jersey Motorsports Park. For complete schedule details, visit: https://motoamerica.com/.

Toni Elias spays the bubbly after winning the Motul Superbike race on Sunday.

The following is from Yoshimura Suzuki…

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Toni Elias scored a nail-biting victory in Sunday’s MotoAmerica Superbike race at Pittsburgh International Race Complex (PittRace). Defending series champ Elias and current series leader Cameron Beaubier passed each other several times on the final lap with Elias scratching and clawing his way to his seventh victory of the year.

His win, combined with his fourth-place on Saturday, drew Elias seven-points closer in the series standings. Elias is now 57 points back (329-273) with four races remaining in the 2018 championship.

Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Roger Hayden had a tough outing at PittRace, finishing seventh in Saturday’s race and crashing out of Sunday’s after another rider made contact with him.

In Sunday’s race Elias was able to quickly power to the front of the field on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. Elias looked strong throughout the 18-lap final, but in the closing laps Beaubier moved up to make a challenge. In a thrilling final lap the leading duo got into a heated exchange, swapping the lead several times before Elias finally wrestled away control of the race in the final few turns.

“Cameron has been so strong here this weekend I didn’t think I would be able to run this pace,” Elias said. “My team asked me to try a different setup and I agreed to do it and it worked to perfection. It was a great battle and we were both on the limit. I think it was a great race for the fans. I want to dedicate this victory to our announcer Brian Drebber. He was great man and we will miss him.”

Elias was referring to MotoAmerica track announcer Brian Drebber who tragically passed away on Thursday.

For Hayden things were setting up for a much better race for him on Sunday when the collision occurred.

“I had a good start and made some good passes,” Hayden explained. “Then at turn six another guy got up inside of me hit my elbow and down I went. It was disappointing because we had pretty good pace, I’m looking forward to New Jersey. It’s a track that I like and we’re hoping to have a good weekend there.”

Hayden is ranked eighth in the championship.

Next up for the team is the Championship of New Jersey at New Jersey Motorsports Park on September 7-9 in Millville, NJ. All the action is televised on beIN Sports.

Kyle Wyman wheelies his KWR Yamaha during racing action from PittRace.

The following is from KWR…

The KWR team brought home solid finishes this weekend at Pittsburgh International Race Complex. Kyle Wyman finished 10th/8th in Superbike races one and two on his Harv’s/KWR Yamaha, while Bryce Prince scored his first ever podium results in the Supersport class with a 3rd/3rd on the weekend on his RiderzLaw/KWR Yamaha.

For Wyman, the weekend started out with a new suspension package on his Superbike. The KWR team went to work developing and working with the Ohlins forks and shock to get Wyman comfortable on the bike, trying multiple valving settings throughout the day. In Saturday’s Superpole session, Wyman was able to put his Yamaha 6th on the grid, his best qualifying result of the season.

“Friday for me was like starting over from scratch,” Wyman said. “Working with the new parts, we had to find my comfort with the suspension as quick as possible. By the time we hit Superpole, I already had a bike that I was more comfortable on than I had been all year. The results showed, and I was able to put the thing on the second row again, like we did all of last year. It felt good to have that view again on the starting grid.”

With that good work in the books, the KWR crew prepped the bike for race one. A surprise rain shower before the sighting lap soaked half of the race track, and the race was delayed slightly. With most of the track dry, the race would start as usual and riders would hit the track on slicks, despite the wet areas. Wyman got a good start and battled in the top-5 early on, but dropped back to 10th as conditions changed.

“Race one was a tough race and I feel like I rode pretty well,” Wyman said. “In the middle of the race I was pretty solid in 5th place and working into the track as it dried out. Those conditions are really sketchy. I was able to continue going faster each lap but was overtaken by a bunch of guys who simply were willing to take more risk than me.”

The Superbike warm-up session on Sunday morning was wet as well, and riders went out in a mix of different tire choices to prepare for the unpredictable weather forecast for Sunday afternoon. Luckily the race was run under beautiful sunny skies, and Wyman got off to a great start at the beginning of race two.

Wyman found himself 5th after the turn one shuffling, and remained right in the lead group for over two laps. It was the first time all year that he’d gotten off with the leaders and stayed there for a bit, and brought confidence to the entire KWR crew.

“I finally was able to get a great start, and starting from the second row helped a lot,” Wyman said. “I got aggressive in the first few corners and it paid off, I found myself following Cam (Beaubier) for the first two laps and was latched onto him pretty good.”

Wyman stuck in the lead group until an aggressive pass from Mat Scholtz pushed him wide in turn 6, and ultimately caused another overtake by Bobby Fong. Wyman battled arm pump from lap four on, and dropped back to 8th to finish race two.

Wyman’s fatigue was likely caused by overworking and overtraining, as he spent four days at Pittsburgh before the race weekend started, conducting two-up rides and coaching riders for the likes of N2 Track Days and Yamaha Champions Riding School. Wyman rode 7 of 9 days spent at the circuit total.

“Overall I’m super happy, because we’ve found a great direction with the bike,” Wyman said. “Our pace in the beginning of the race before I got arm pump shows that the bike is capable of fighting at the front. I overworked myself this week with all the coaching and riding, but those are just things I need to do to help me keep my race program going. My plan is to rest, recover and start with this new setting we’ve found on my Superbike and be ready to fight at the front at New Jersey.”

Asked about the prospect of another podium finish at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Wyman says he’s feeling even more confident than he did last year, where we scored his first career podium with a 2nd place finish in race two.

“Moving to another suspension brand mid-season was a big decision for us, a risky move, and one that I did not take lightly,” Wyman added. “I want to thank K-Tech for all of their support over the past few years, as we’ve had a lot of success together and their product is world-class. However, in light of this strategic decision, I feel like we now have our best chance for results in New Jersey, so we had to make this change for Pittsburgh. We basically used this race weekend as a test, and now we know exactly what we have and what the bike is capable of. You’ve got to pull an arrow back to shoot it forward, and I feel like we’ve invested our time wisely at this point.”

Wyman retains 7th place in series points standings.

The New Jersey MotoAmerica round is in two week’s time, September 7-9, 2018.

Bryce Prince earns career best results in Supersport with double podium finishes!

After a long season of progression and hard work, the RiderzLaw/KWR Supersport team finally achieved podium results at Pittsburgh International Race Complex. Bryce Prince finished 3rd in both races over the weekend.

Two podiums on the weekend is like a dream come true for me,” Prince said. “A few weeks ago I called Kyle (Wyman) and told him about my budget concerns, and at the time thought I would have to miss the Pittsburgh round in order to finish off the season. Luckily, with the support of RiderzLaw, we were able to make it here and I’m glad we were able to repay them with podium finishes in both races. Hard work has paid off for me and my crew.”

Prince battled hard with points leader JD Beach nearly flag-to-flag in race one, beating out the factory rider in a last lap duel, in spectacular fashion. A well-earned first podium for Prince gave him the confidence to repeat the feat on Sunday. Prince jumped to 4th in series points standings from 7th, and now is only 14 points shy of the third place competitor and Saturday race-winner Valentin Debise. Prince also earned the fastest lap of the race in Sunday’s race two.

“A podium, and fastest lap of the race on Sunday, it feels good,” Prince added. “Louis and Chris have been great to me all year, believing in me and the whole KWR team has supported me this year. To think where I was before the season and to be having these results is confidence inspiring for New Jersey. Next round can’t come soon enough!”

The MotoAmerica series heads to New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J., September 7-9, 2018. Stay tuned for news and updates in the coming week.

Alex Dumas was a perfect two-for-two in Liqui Moly Junior Cup racing from PittRace.

The following is from KTM…

KTM Orange Brigade rider Alex Dumas is now two steps closer to claiming the inaugural MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship following a dominant 1-1 performance at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania over the weekend. With two victories at the eighth round, Dumas now has a 64-point lead in the championship standings with only two rounds remaining.

His teammate, Sean Ungvarsky, struggled through a difficult weekend. He had a good first qualifying session on Friday afternoon but transponder problems prevented his fast laps during Saturday morning’s qualifying session to be recorded. Ungvarsky consequently started both races from 19th place on the MotoAmerica Junior Cup grid.

Saturday’s Race 1 saw Dumas and Ungvarsky each capture good starts aboard the KTM RC 390 R. Dumas found himself in a three-way battle at the front before the race was red-flagged. The race was restarted with five laps to go, and Dumas got a great start and he made a move for the lead at the track’s corkscrew-like Turn 3/4 complex on the first lap of the restarted race. The battle at the front was intense, and Dumas was declared the race winner when the race ended with a second red flag. His margin of victory was 0.186 seconds. Ungvarsky had moved up four positions when the first red flag came out, and he ultimately finished inside the points in 14th place.

Dumas took the holeshot in Sunday’s Race 2. The race was red flagged, and Dumas went right back to leading the field when the race was restarted and he led six of eight laps to claim his second victory of the weekend by 0.109 seconds. Ungvarsky didn’t get off to the best start and he dropped back to 20th place before rebounding to claim 14th in Race 2.

The next round of the MotoAmerica Junior Cup takes place at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey on Sept. 7-9, 2018. Dumas won both KTM RC 390 Cup races there in 2017, and Ungvarsky scored a podium finish so the team looks forward to continuing past success at the penultimate round.

Chris Fillmore, KTM Orange Brigade Team Manager: “Obviously, it was a great showing from Alex this weekend. He’s extended his points lead to where he could wrap up the championship at New Jersey. It was a tough weekend for Sean. We know he is a talented young rider and are going to work hard at the next round to help him regain the form he showed earlier this season.”

Alex Dumas, #23 KTM Orange Brigade Rider: “Friday was good for us. I was second in practice and ended up third in qualifying. We made some suspension changes Saturday morning, and I was able to claim pole position for the weekend. I had a good battle going in Race 1 and was able score a tough victory. I didn’t go out for warm-up this morning because the track was still wet from the overnight rain. I had a one-second lead going when the red flag came out and I got another good start on the restart and was able to back off my pace a little bit toward the end. I really want to win the championship at New Jersey. I just want to get a good rhythm going there, ride smart and take home the inaugural MotoAmerica Junior Cup title.”

Sean Ungvarsky, #48 KTM Orange Brigade Rider“Last year this track was the first one I rode after blowing out my ACL. I showed up here and ended up riding better than I had at any previous MotoAmerica to that point. With my past success here, I was looking forward to a rebound in my on-track performance. I love this track. It is as smooth as a tennis court and is a lot of fun to ride. Practice and Friday’s qualifying went pretty well and I felt like I was riding well, but there was a problem with our transponder. We got the problem resolved, but I crashed on my out lap from the pits and was unable to put in another fast time. I ended up having to settle for qualifying 19th. I got caught in traffic in both races and wasn’t able to make the forward progress I wanted. I still had a great time here at Pittsburgh. The fans here are great. I am hoping for better things at the next round at New Jersey. I was on pole there last year and am aiming to be battling at the front again there.”

The following is from Yamalube/Westby Racing…

Mathew Scholtz was fourth on Sunday after finishing on the podium on Saturday at PittRace.

After reaching the podium with a third-place finish under partially wet/partially dry track conditions in Saturday’s MotoAmerica Superbike Race 1 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, Mathew Scholtz came to the track on Sunday morning and was the fastest rider in the Superbike warmup session, which gave Mathew and the Yamalube/Westby Racing team increased confidence heading into the afternoon’s Superbike Race 2. And, while Mathew didn’t emerge with another podium finish to match his Saturday result, he did finish fifth to round out a very solid weekend.

Mathew started Sunday’s race from fifth on the starting grid, and he advanced forward in the running order to as high as third at about the midway point of the race, but as the laps wound down, the “Durban Dynamo” ultimately had to settle for fifth at the checkered flag.

The two top-five finishes solidified Mathew’s fourth-place position in the championship with two rounds and four Superbike races left in the 2018 season.

Commenting on his weekend, Mathew said, “I got a terrible start, which has unfortunately become a habit for me this year. I had to make some aggressive passes in the opening laps, and I came together with Roger (Hayden), which caused him to crash. I’m very sorry that happened. The track temperature was higher today, and I was slipping and sliding everywhere. I got by (Josh) Herrin at one point, and I held a pretty decent pace. Then, I got into a dogfight with (Jake) Lewis for a couple of laps and almost high-sided on the final lap. I’m happy to be close to the podium, and we’ll keep moving forward.

Round 9 of the 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship will take place at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey, on August 14 through 26.

MotoAmerica Superbike Standings

1. Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha – 329

2. Toni Elias – Suzuki – 273

3. Josh Herrin – 228

4. Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha – 190

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

Travis Wyman crashed on the first lap, but remounted under a red flag to finish fourth in the Stock 1000 race.

The following is from Weir Everywhere Racing…

Travis Wyman’s mental toughness was on full display during Sunday’s MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Class race at Pittsburgh International Race Complex.

The Weir Everywhere Racing BMW rider recovered from an early race crash to score a fourth-place finish at the MotoAmerica Championship of Pittsburgh. Wyman’s comeback performance allowed him to maintain his second place in the championship standings, as well as kept his championship hopes alive.

The team came into the weekend with a new, untested suspension package for its BMW S 1000 RR, and used the Saturday morning practice session to get the bike set up for Wyman. Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session saw Wyman capture sixth place on the starting grid. The overnight rain soaked the track for Sunday morning’s qualifying session, and Wyman was unable to move any further up the starting grid.

Wyman got a good start in the Sunday afternoon race but made contact with another rider at Turn 3 and crashed. The race was red flagged for a separate incident shortly after Wyman crashed, and he was able to ride the damaged BMW back to pit lane. The team worked feverishly to repair the bike and Wyman was able to take the restart from the back of the grid. Wyman quickly made his way up the running order, advancing from 11th to fifth in two laps. The race ended with a second red flag and Wyman was credited with his fourth top-five finish of the 2018 season.

The next round of the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Class Championship takes place at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Sept. 7-9. The track has been a stalwart on the American professional motorcycle road racing calendar for over a decade. Hopefully Wyman will be able to use his considerable experience at the track to score his third win of the season.

Travis Wyman / #24
“It was a tough start to the weekend. We made a switch to a new suspension package and spent most of Saturday getting that dialed in for me. We used the Sunday morning qualifying session to perfect our bike’s setup. I felt pretty confident going into the race and got a good start. I went for a pass on the first lap and end up crashing hard. I thought my weekend was over, but the red flag came out and I got the bike going again and back to pit lane. They cleared me at the medical center to race again, and I had to get a new helmet and leathers because of how bad the crash was. I wasn’t sure what to expect on the restart, as I was still feeling the effects of the crash. I made my way through the field quickly but did not have time to catch up to the leading pack and had to settle for a fourth-place finish. Overall, we came back pretty strong this weekend and I am looking forward to the next round at New Jersey Motorsports Park.”

Steve Weir / Crew Chief
“We made a suspension package change for this weekend and were making a lot of changes to the bike early in the weekend. There are always some growing pains with such a big change, but we were able to find a good setup for today’s race. Travis got an okay start the first time but had a little mishap with another rider at Turn 3 and got taken out. Travis got the bike back to pit lane and the team worked hard to get the bike ready to take the restart. Travis was pretty beat up, but he manned up and put our BMW S 1000 RR inside the top five after starting from dead last. I am just so happy over how our entire team performed this weekend. We learned a lot about the new suspension and Travis seems to like it a lot. We will take what we learned here and look forward to being back at the front at the next round.”