AUSTIN, Texas (Mar. 31) — The KWR Superbike team is back at it for 2017 and testing for competition in the MotoAmerica Superbike series this season. Kyle Wyman and the team completed a successful test at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas this past Tuesday and Wednesday.
Wyman ended the test 6th overall, lapping the 3.43-mile circuit in 2:10.521, over a second and a half faster than the team’s best time from the 2016 race event of 2:12.071. Kyle was the fastest Superbike rider not competing on a factory team – the early results showing good promise for a 2017 championship campaign.
“Heading into the COTA test I was really excited to ride my new Superbike,” Wyman said. “My Dad and I have been spending a lot of time this winter preparing this bike for battle against the factory teams, and so far we are happy to see that hard work paying off. We have been adding parts to the bike for this season that seem to be making a difference.”
For 2017 MotoAmerica has opened up the rules for Superbike compared to 2016, allowing complete aftermarket front forks and complete swingarm assemblies. KWR has been able to take advantage of the new fork allowances and run the new K-Tech KTR-3 full fork designed specifically for Superbike competition.
“The new forks from K-Tech are definitely a luxury,” Kyle said. “Over last year we had wear issues with the stock fork tubes, so the complete forks have helped us from a rigidity standpoint, but also from a feel standpoint. Evol Technology made some one-off Pro-Flex triple clamps for those forks, as well as our axle setup. We have also gone with a modified swingarm to add more wheelbase, a kit that’s offered by Superbike Unlimited. Add a full-blown Superbike motor from Livengood Motorsports, and those our some of our bigger upgrades over 2016.”
Despite the upgrades, the KWR team will be running with Superstock-legal electronics and swingarms, due to budget restrictions. KWR will utilize a Flash-Tune ECU that is capable of many adjustments, though not as sophisticated as the more expensive electronic systems run by the factory teams. Wyman and the team spent the majority of day one on harder compound tires from Dunlop, testing new tire constructions and working with chassis setup.
“Compared to last year, the test was a wild success,” Kyle said. “We didn’t have bugs and big issues plaguing us for two days, and we were really able to make the most of the track time that was available. It’s a testament to our preparation for this season. I’m looking forward to a couple more weeks of preparation before we come back here to COTA for the first race of the season.”
The KWR/Lucas Oil/Millennium Technologies Superbike will debut at Circuit of the Americas alongside MotoGP during the Red Bull United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas April 20-23, 2017.
Every race in 2017 will be broadcasted LIVE on BeIN Sports Network
For the complete series schedule, visit www.motoamerica.com
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