ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 5) — The KWR team of Kyle Wyman and Bryce Prince scored top ten and top five results this past weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Wyman battled bike setup troubles to finish 8th and 10th in Superbike while Prince finished 5th and 7th on his Excelsus Solutions/KWR Yamaha YZF-R6.
Wyman was off to a quick start in Friday practice, posting the 8th fastest time overall on the day. The team was determined to adjust to a newly released rear tire from spec-tire supplier Dunlop, who brought a new profile to Road America that would be mandated from that point on.
“The theme of our weekend was based on a fixation on the new tire, not only by me but by my crew as well,” Wyman said. “Admittedly we spent too much time changing the bike and not enough time riding it. In hindsight I can see where we went wrong.”
Wyman posted his personal best ever time around the Road America circuit that Friday, at a 2:13.558 – a full second faster than he’d ever been at the 4-mile Wisconsin circuit. Where things went wrong however, was the fact that Wyman would never match that time again throughout the weekend, other than his Saturday morning Superpole time of a 2:13.452. That time would put him 10th on the grid.
“Even though we had gone faster than I ever have at Road America, I just wasn’t comfortable yet on the bike,” Wyman said. “Because of that we started making big changes to find a setup that probably doesn’t exist. I needed to just ride the bike and make small changes – we did not do that.”
In race one Wyman got off to a blistering start and found himself in 5th place into turn one. As quickly as he made that headway, he dropped like a rock back to 9th spot, struggling with rear grip and front end feel. His fastest lap of the race was a 2:14.717. He finished 8th.
“I was frustrated that whole first race, obviously,” Wyman said. “We had just gone completely backwards from Friday. I blame nobody but myself for getting sucked into the bike setup so deeply. On top of it all, you’d like to think we would have gone back to Friday’s setup after race one, but we didn’t and that’s where things really went from bad to worse.”
Without reverting to Friday’s bike setup, the KWR team put together another attempt at a balanced bike for race two. Wyman got two more great starts during the red-flagged race, but again could not hold the pace and dropped back as low as 9th. Some sputtering from a lack of fuel put him 10th at the stripe. The fastest lap of Wyman’s race was a 2:14.643, still over a full second slower than his Friday practice time.
“We learned a lot this weekend,” Wyman added. “We learned what not to do, and how easily you can get sidetracked when the bike doesn’t feel quite right. Typically you will see a steady progression of lap time throughout the weekend, so the fact that I was over a second slower in both races from practice tells a terribly accurate story of how things went. Luckily I didn’t get too frustrated and force the issue with the bike, and we kept it on two wheels. I’m looking forward to taking these lessons forward to our test at Sonoma next week, and on to Laguna Seca for round five.”
The KWR team heads to Sonoma Raceway for a private test on June 11th, the track that Wyman considers his worst on the circuit from a familiarity standpoint. Wyman sits 7th in series points standings after four rounds.
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KWR Supersport rider Bryce Prince found his way to the top-five at Road America on his Excelsus Solutions/KWR Yamaha. The Californian found the right setup on his K-Tech suspension to put him in the fight for the front, and another step closer to a podium result.
“Road America was a very up and down weekend for us,” Prince said. “After having some small issues with the bike, we scored our worst qualifying of the year. We worked hard to get everything sorted and in race 1 on Saturday and I had a hard fought battle to get 5th! This was our best result of the season so I am happy.”
“For the race Sunday we knew some changes needed to be made. I am very pleased to have made positive changes for Sunday’s race and we finished the closest to the lead that we have all season! Road America is not my favorite track but I leave there with very positive feelings with the bike. I cannot wait for Laguna!!”
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