The following is from KWR…
Kyle Wyman and Bryce Prince bested and matched their top finishes from this season at Utah Motorsports Campus during the 6th round of the MotoAmerica championship. Wyman finished 7th/6th in his races while Prince finished 6th in race one and a season-best 4th in race two.
The KWR team, which was title sponsored by SC Project Exhaust for the Utah round, entered the weekend with momentum from the previous round at Laguna Seca and a recent test at Buttonwillow Raceway.
“We tried a new setup at Buttonwillow that immediately felt like a better motorcycle,” Wyman said. “There’s just been a point in this development curve where you have to go through growing pains, and I think we are finally back on an upward trend. In the two qualifying practice sessions at Utah it was all about learning the new setup and how it reacted in different parts of the track.”
Wyman’s SC Project/KWR R1 reacted well, and he posted his personal best time around the Utah Motorsports Campus circuit, a 1:50.869. The lap time was good enough for 10th fastest, and only a half second improvement out of 4th place. In Saturday morning’s Superpole session, Wyman was only able to improve to a 1:50.378, which put him 8th on the grid for the weekend.
Wyman got a good start in Race One and found himself in another battle with Danny Eslick. The two of them have been fighting all year long. Wyman was able to pull away from Eslick in the second half of the race, and bring home a 7th place finish.
“The bike felt better than it did all of Laguna Seca and Road America, probably the best it has felt since the new 200/60 rear tire was brought in,” Wyman said. “We are slowly but surely climbing our way back to the front, and understanding this new motorcycle. We’ve added a lot of new parts, like an adjustable swingarm pivot, different steering offsets, there’s just so much that you can adjust on a superbike that we are doing our best to find our way with limited testing time.”
With not much to lose, the SC Project/KWR team made a big change to the bike for race two, something that was closer to what Wyman has run in the past. The goal was to make sure they hadn’t overshot the chassis “sweet spot,” and to simply find something that would stick and put the team back in top-5 contention. Wyman got a better start and was 6th into turn one. After dropping to 8th, Wyman fought his way through for a 6th place finish while riding a bike that he thought was actually tuned into the wrong direction once again.
“Sixth place matches our best dry race finish of the season, and that’s a good thing,” Wyman said. “But it’s frustrating to know that we haven’t been in the hunt for the podium in some time. My crew chief Gary Dean and the entire SC Project/KWR team is committed to doing whatever it takes for us to be successful. I believe in them and as a unit we are all working together to reach our common goal, which is to win. I believe it is possible for us to win Superbike races once our small issues are sorted. That is our mission.”
Bryce Prince breaks through in Utah
Bryce Prince found himself in the podium battle once again in the MotoAmerica Supersport category at Utah Motorsports Campus.
Prince fought for 3rd place the entire second race on Sunday with fellow competitors Braeden Ortt and Nick McFadden, and held that podium spot for much of the race. In the end Prince came up just a hair short and missed out on his first podium result of the season.
“We’ve been working really hard lately to get the bike setup, and it’s really good now,” Prince said. “After Laguna we really had a good idea of what the bike needed and our test at Buttonwillow verified everything we were thinking. I felt fast all weekend in Utah and I’m really happy to be back in the podium fight. I’m looking forward to another one of my strong tracks at Sonoma in a few weeks and hopefully standing on the podium.”
The next round of the MotoAmerica Championship is at Sonoma Raceway in Napa Valley, California August 10-12, 2018. Stay tuned on the @kylewyman and @kwr_sbk Instagram pages to check in on the team’s progress.
The following is from Omega Moto…
The Omega Moto team had a constructive weekend at the MotoAmerica Championship of Utah. The event, held at Utah Motorsports Campus July 20-22, marked the team’s first on-track collaboration with professional road racing veteran Geoff May. The team’s primary goal entering the weekend was to have May push hard in the race and collect valuable race data from its Yamaha YZF-R1 package. May established a great working relationship with the team early in the weekend and provided leadership and insight as the weekend progressed.
In May’s first race on the Omega Moto bike on Saturday, he was able to score a top-10 finish from a 12th-place start. In Sunday’s Race 2, May was making steady progress through the field and was running in ninth place when a mechanical failure slowed the bike’s pace. After a short pit stop to make repairs, May continued racing the team’s Yamaha R1 and finished in 12th place. Most importantly, the team was able to gather the data it needs to improve the bike’s set-up for May’s riding style.
The team will continue its collaboration with May at the series’ next round at Sonoma Raceway.
Geoff May / #99
“The whole weekend was a learning experience for me and the team. I feel it was a very positive weekend overall. We improved the bike a lot and our lap times were coming down every time we went out on the track. The team now has a very clear picture of what direction we will go with the bike’s set up at Sonoma. It’s unfortunate that we had a part failure in the second race. We made the most of that misfortune by making changes during the pit stop and then returning to the race. I am excited for the next round and Sonoma Raceway and am expecting stronger results and continued progress there.”
Ken Chewey / Team Principal
“Our first weekend working with Geoff was a very positive one and I feel we really grew a lot as a team. Our biggest priority coming into the weekend was to get the experience and information we need to get our bike optimized for Geoff. We were able to accomplish that. I think our team is now in a great position to finish the 2018 MotoAmerica season strong. I believe Geoff’s wealth of experience, leadership and approach to racing will prove invaluable to the continued development of the team. The part failure in Sunday’s race was unfortunate but the team worked together to make the most of it and we are looking forward to continuing our progress at the next round at Sonoma Raceway.”
The following is from Yamaha…
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing teammates Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff claimed the top two positions in Sunday’s Superbike Race 2 for a successful close to Round 6 of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship in Tooele, Utah.
In Supersport racing, Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha’s JD Beach kept his winning streak alive on Sunday as he clinched his fourth consecutive victory with a 1-1 sweep on the weekend at Utah Motorsports Campus (UMC).
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing Superbike Team
When the green flag waved for Superbike Race 2, Cameron Beaubier launched from the pole position on the starting grid and tucked in behind hard-charging Toni Elias as the pair entered turn 1. Beaubier quickly made his move for the lead and successfully defended his position before pulling away from Elias. As the two riders continued to push the pace, Elias crashed on lap six, creating a comfortable gap over the rest of the field for race leader Beaubier. From there, the two-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion remained smooth and collected on his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing R1 to ultimately finish 4.2 seconds ahead of his teammate, Garrett Gerloff, earning his fifth Superbike victory of the season while gaining a 49-point lead in the championship standings. With this victory, Beaubier also scored his 29th career Superbike win, which places him fourth on the list of all-time winningest AMA Superbike riders.
Superbike rookie Garrett Gerloff got off to a great start in Race 2 and quickly found his pace as he piloted his R1 into fifth place behind Roger Hayden. Using the race craft and strategy gained from the experience of earning two MotoAmerica Supersport Championships, Gerloff patiently waited for his opportunity to attack. On lap 13, Gerloff found his opportunity in turn five and made his move to overtake Hayden for third-place. Demonstrating the ability to ride a much faster pace, Gerloff continued to charge and passed Jake Lewis for second-place as the two made their way into turn one with four laps to go in the 17-lap race. When the checkered flag waived, Gerloff scored a career-best second-place finish in the Superbike class on his Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing R1.
Cameron Beaubier – #6 YZF-R1
“We made a couple changes from Saturday’s race to Sunday morning. I felt so good on my R1 all day and I knew if I put my head down I might be able to run away. When I saw Toni was out of the race, I was able to back it down and get to the checkered without too much risk. I’m really happy after this weekend. We struggled bad here last year so to come out of this round with a first and second feels so good, and an increased points lead is the cherry on top.”
Garrett Gerloff – #31 YZF-R1
“I’m so happy with how we ended the weekend! The team and I worked so hard all weekend to get the setup dialed in and we did it. We threw a bunch of changes at the bike for Race 2, so it took me until about half race to feel comfortable with everything, but then my R1 was perfect. I felt like I could put the bike wherever I wanted and I knew I had something for those guys. It felt great to feel like myself and feel loose on the bike again after starting the weekend off slow. I can’t wait to take my setup and confidence to Sonoma Raceway next month!
Tom Halverson – Team Manager
“Congrats to our entire team for a fantastic 1-2 finish! Both Cameron and Garrett’s crews made improvements in the settings for Race 2 that helped Cam set an amazing pace early in the race, and gave Garrett what he needed to have a great race from start to finish. We will carry this momentum into Sonoma, which traditionally is a great track for us.”
2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings – 12 of 20 Series Races Completed
Pos. Rider Points
1 Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha 248
2 Toni Elias – Suzuki 199
3 Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha 152
4 Josh Herrin – Yamaha 151
5 Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha 131
7 Kyle Wyman – Yamaha 101
Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Supersport Team
In an exciting Supersport Race 2, JD Beach clinched his seventh victory of the season to give his Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Team a 1-1 sweep at Utah Motorsports Campus. It didn’t come easy for Beach, who continuously battled closely with Valentin Debise before setting a faster pace late in the race. With four laps to go, Beach launched himself into the lead and maintained a small gap through the finish to edge out Debise by half a second for the win. The victory also earned Beach an 82-point lead in the championship standings.
JD Beach – #95 YZF-R6
“Today was another amazing race and a hard-fought battle with [Valentin] Debise. Between him and [Hayden] Gillim, they have been making me push my limits this year. My whole crew gave me an awesome bike today and made my job a lot easier. I love this track in Utah but I can’t wait until Sonoma!”
Chuck Graves – Team Owner
“JD Beach had an exciting race with Valentin Debise, swapping the lead multiple times each lap. With four laps to go, JD put the hammer down and powered his R6 to his seventh win of the season and increased his point lead in the championship.”
2018 MotoAmerica Supersport Standings – 9 of 18 Series Races Completed
Pos. Rider Points
1 JD Beach – Yamaha 215
2 Hayden Gillim – Yamaha 133
3 Cory West – Yamaha 95
5 Braeden Ortt – Yamaha 87
Additional Yamaha bLU cRU Rider Notes
It was a great day for Fastline Performance/Tuned Racing’s Braeden Ortt, who battled his way from outside the top-ten to ultimately land his R6 on the Supersport podium with an impressive third-place finish in Race 2. Ortt currently holds fifth overall in the Supersport standings with two podium finishes under his belt.
With Yamaha bLU cRU Rider Coach Josh Hayes on-hand to provide mentorship, and with tuning insight from Graves Motorsports owner Chuck Graves, the Graves/Yamaha R3 Support Program riders were ready to go on Sunday for the start of Junior Cup Race 2 action. AGVSPORT America MonkeyMoto’s Jay Newton put forth an impressive ride aboard his R3 to finish less than one second away from victory.
In regards to Junior Cup racing, Graves added, “Jay Newton, on his R3, made multiple passes on the last lap to take the lead; however, he was passed at the finish line to take second place honors. All of the R3 racers fought hard today and are looking forward to the next race.”
The Yamaha bLU cRU riders will head to Sonoma, California Aug. 10-12 for Round 7 of the 2018 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship series at Sonoma Raceway. For complete schedule details, visit:.
The following is from KTM…
It was a constructive weekend in Utah for the KTM Orange Brigade Road Racing Team, who emerged from Round 5 of the MotoAmerica Junior Cup with a pair of podium finishes and solid points toward the championship chase. With a Race 1 victory and a podium finish in Race 2, series points leader Alex Dumas extended his lead to 48 after a pair of consistent rides at Utah Motorsports Camp. His teammate, Sean Ungvarsky, battled back from a Race 1 crash to collect valuable points in Sunday’s Race 2.
Dumas started the weekend off strong by claiming provisional pole on Friday afternoon and finalized his claim to the pole position on Saturday morning. He got a good start in Saturday’s Race 1 and found himself in a four-way battle for the lead. Showing great poise, Dumas maintained a consistent pace to assume the lead on lap five and he held his lead for the remainder of the race to claim his sixth win of the season. Meanwhile, Ungvarsky got off to a good start and was making steady progress before he encountered a race-ending crash on lap four.
In Race 2, Dumas got another good start and engaged in a multi-rider battle for the lead once again. He led the pack early on but was unable to maintain the lead as the race wore on, dropping two positions to ultimately finish third in Race 2. Ungvarsky started outside the top-ten and worked his way up to eighth on lap seven. Unfortunately, Sean mistakenly thought he saw a red flag come out on lap eight and he slowed down before realizing his misjudgment. He regathered himself and brought his KTM RC 390 R home in 12th place. Despite the tough weekend, Ungvarsky maintains third in the championship standings.
Alex Dumas / #23
“This weekend went really well. My KTM RC 390 R was working well from the start of the weekend. Practice went well and I was almost a second faster than the next rider. We made some changes before Race 1 and I was able to win my sixth race of the season. I had the same strong pace in the Sunday morning warm-up session, but I was a second off my warm-up pace during Race 2. I was still able to score a podium and finish the weekend strong. I am looking forward to the next race at Sonoma. I raced there last year and I like that track.”
Sean Ungvarsky / #48
“Well, I’d like to be more inspirational but this was probably my toughest weekend of the season. We kept grinding through the weekend’s struggles and were able to salvage some important points in Race 2. I am looking forward to the next round at Sonoma Raceway. I have never raced there but the hilly layout of the track looks to be a great fit with my riding style.”
Chris Fillmore / Team Manager
“It was a good weekend for the Orange Brigade Team at Utah Motorsports Campus. We’re proud of both riders for pushing through the challenges and coming away with solid points toward the overall championship. Alex was a little under the weather at the start of the weekend but persevered through it. He rode smart, showed maturity on-track and extended his championship points lead. Sean had a tough weekend but he’s a strong competitor and will move on from this weekend’s setbacks. We’re looking forward to the next round at Sonoma Raceway.”
The MotoAmerica Junior Cup will next compete at the Championship of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway Aug. 10-12.
The following is from Yamalube/Westby Racing…
With two Superbike races in every MotoAmerica round, being able to race on both Saturday and Sunday is one of the things that riders and teams like best about the series. It gives those riders and teams a chance to take what they learned in the first race, make adjustments to the bikes, alter the race strategies, and prepare mentally for another opportunity.
The aim is always to improve on Saturday’s result, and for Mathew Scholtz and the Yamalube/Westby Racing team, they definitely hit the mark with a fourth-place finish that was two positions better than Saturday’s sixth-place result. And, an even bigger improvement was that Mathew moved back into third place in the Superbike Championship behind two factory riders who have won all the Superbike Championships thus far in the three-year history of MotoAmerica.
Starting from fourth position on the grid in Sunday’s race, Mathew recovered from a so-so launch off the line and proceeded to move forward and into a race-long battle for the podium. Ultimately, the “Durban Dynamo” crossed the finish line in the same position as he started the race, but he was just over half a second behind the third-place finisher.
“Saturday’s race didn’t pan out the way we wanted it to,” commented Mathew. “But, we knew where we needed to make the bike better. Overnight, my crew worked really hard, and they came up with a good setup. The Sunday morning warmup went really great, and we ended up second-fastest. We knew we had good pace, and we were confident for the second race. My start was (laughs) absolutely shocking, but I made a few passes on the first lap, and I got into the group that was fighting for third. We had a race-long battle, and there weren’t too many passes because the pace was so high, and everyone was part of the train. Garrett (Gerloff) and (Jake) Lewis managed to gap Roger Hayden, and I managed to pass Roger with two laps to go. I kind of did close the gap to Lewis and Gerloff, but we ran out of laps. Overall, I’m very happy with the progress we made and the fact that we moved back into third place in the Championship. Obviously, we would have liked to be on the podium. Our pace was really good, and my team deserved a podium for all their hard work. We are heading to some tracks that suit our bike better, starting with Sonoma in a couple of weeks, so I’m looking forward to that and to bringing the podium back to this Westby team.”
Round 7 of the 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship will take place on August 10 through 12 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA.
The following is from Suzuki…
After an exhilarating victory for Toni Elias and Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing on Saturday – Suzuki’s record-setting 200th in AMA Superbike – Elias suffered a crash while closing in on the lead in MotoAmerica Superbike race two on Sunday. Meanwhile, Roger Hayden came back to collect a fifth-place finish after he tumbled out of Saturday’s race. Such was the topsy turvy weekend for the team at Utah Motorsports Campus.
Elias was running second and just beginning to close in on leader Cameron Beaubier, when he suddenly crashed while entering turn 15 on lap six of the 17-lap race.
“Cameron got a very strong start and put a gap on me in the first few laps,” Elias said. “Then I equalized and then for two laps I began to catch him. My bike was even better today, so I think we were looking good for another win. Then unfortunately I lost the front end and crashed. Sometimes it goes like this. The season is still long. I am going to remain positive and keep doing what I can to try to come back in this championship.”
Factory teammate Roger Hayden enjoyed a race-long battle with a group of three other riders almost the entire race on Sunday. He crossed the finish line in fifth.
“It was a fun battle, but unfortunately I came up on the short end of the stick this time,” Hayden explained. “It was good to get a finish though and I’m looking forward to the next race in Sonoma.”
After six of the 10 rounds in this 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike season, Elias is second in the standings, 49 points out of first. Hayden is ranked ninth.
Next up for Yoshimura Suzuki is the Cycle Gear Championship of Sonoma on Aug. 10-12 in the scenic wine country of Sonoma, California. You can catch all the MotoAmerica racing action on beIN Sports.