TUCSON, Ariz. (June 27) — This past weekend the Millennium Technologies/KWR team competed at Utah Motorsports Campus for the seventh round of the 2016 MotoAmerica series. Team owner/rider Kyle Wyman bounced back from a race one crash to win the Superbike Challenge exhibition race, and finish 6th in Superbike race two.
The event began with Thursday practice and Kyle setting the 6th overall fastest time of the day on his Lucas Oil-sponsored Yamaha YZF-R1. Friday’s practice and Superpole times would set the grid for Saturday’s doubleheader races. He qualified 9th overall after a one-shot lap on the Dunlop “Q” tire.
“I didn’t want to make the same mistake on my Q-lap as I did at Barber,” Wyman said. “We went out with the group of guys, and tried to find some space to do the time. I’m still trying to figure out the limits of the super-sticky qualifying tire. I didn’t push hard enough in the beginning of the lap, and only went three tenths quicker than I did on the race tire. Some guys are able to squeeze a full second out of the Q tire, so I still have some work to do.”
Despite his mistake, 9th on the grid would be his best qualifying result of the season. In race one, Kyle would get a good start off the line. He was running in 7th on lap one, but clipped a curb with his foot peg, sending him and his Millennium Technologies R1 tumbling into the high desert.
“I got a great start and was starting to settle into a rhythm on the first lap,” Kyle said. “I was in a tight line of riders and was heading into the ‘attitudes’ section of the track. I was trying to be as clean as possible and tight to the curbs, but when you’re that close to the back of other riders sometimes it’s hard to see ahead. I couldn’t quite place the edges of the curbs through there and I ended up clipping one. From there all I could see was gravel and dust and my bike disassembling itself in front of me.”
With only an hour break after Superbike race one, the KWR crew was forced to put together a second bike for Kyle to race in the Black Rhino Superbike Challenge, a 12-lap exhibition race held between MotoAmerica races. The second bike, which is usually reserved for rain conditions, was good enough to secure the win in the Superbike Challenge, with a margin of victory of over 19 seconds.
“Firstly I want to give a hats off to my crew for slapping the ‘B-bike’ together for me, and just in the nick of time,” Kyle added. “The handlebars were crooked, I wasn’t even sure what setup was in the bike, but those guys gave me a bike and the thing ran well. Good enough to pull out a big gap and win the Superbike Challenge race.
“It turned out to be a good shakedown for us for the second MotoAmerica race, and thanks to Black Rhino Tools, I was able to take home some purse money. I should be able to pay to fix my A-bike now!”
After the challenge race, the KWR crew fitted the larger fuel tank to the B-bike, straightened the ergonomics and sent Kyle on his way for Superbike race two. Wyman got off to another great start and ran in the top five early on, but brake fade issues would end his chase for a season-best result.
“I had another great start in race two, and was running up in fifth overall,” Kyle said. “I felt comfortable and the B-bike was doing almost everything my A-bike was throughout the weekend. We were even able to best our qualifying time during the race on it, but on lap five or six my brakes started to fade and we didn’t have a remote brake adjuster on that bike. I was stuck with a certain brake pressure and couldn’t push any harder for fear of overheating them again.”
“Overall I learned a lot this weekend and I’m proud of what my team and I are accomplishing. I can’t wait until everything finally clicks and we get the results that I know are coming.”
Another podium result for Travis Wyman at Utah Motorsports Campus
Travis Wyman battled through a tough practice and qualifying for a podium result at Utah Motorsports Campus for the seventh round of the MotoAmerica series.
After struggling early in practice Wyman was able to qualify 5th in class. In race one he battled forward to finish in 3rd, his fifth podium result of the season.
“Race one was good,” Travis said. “I felt really confident in my ability to hit my marks and run consistent laps. We were just a bit off the pace and it took me a bit longer to get into a good rhythm. I’m happy to come away with another podium finish for the team.”
In race two he found himself in the battle for third, but a gearing change before the race did not help his efforts in accomplishing another podium result.
“I found myself in a four way battle for 3rd in race two,” Travis added. “As the race wore on the pace got quicker and the gearing we were running wasn’t quite tall enough to continue running those times. I pushed hard, but came up a little short and mustered a 6th place finish.”
The next round of the MotoAmerica series is at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California July 9-11, 2016.
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