TUCSON, Ariz. (Aug. 14)— The KWR team of Kyle Wyman and Bryce Prince fought hard for solid finishes this past weekend at the Cycle Gear Championship of Sonoma Raceway. Wyman posted 8th/9th place finishes in Superbike, while Prince posted up 4th/5th place spots in the Supersport class on his Let’s Ride Track Days/KWR Yamaha YZF-R6.
Wyman’s weekend was off to a rough start as the team battled mechanical troubles, one of which put him on the ground early on in morning practice. An engine failure sidelined Wyman for a large portion of the afternoon session, but the Lucas Oil/KWR crew pushed on for Saturday with the end goal in mind.
“Going into Friday I was feeling really good about our plan for the weekend,” Wyman said. “Sometimes in racing things don’t go your way, and Friday was a harsh reminder of what can go wrong. For the laps that I made, I really felt like we were on the path to progress with my R1, but to miss so much track time we really found ourselves on our heels for the rest of the weekend.”
The team’s Friday plan rolled over into Saturday and the KWR crew went to work for the 25min free practice session, where Wyman ended up 10th fastest. While battling grip issues, the team made changes for the Superpole session. A miscommunication on lap count caused Wyman to miss his second qualifying tire lap, and the first was only good enough for 11th on the grid.
Wyman got a good start in Race one from the fourth row, and fought his way from 11th up to 8th, for a finish that gave the KWR crew plenty of data that they had been desperately seeking from the missed Friday sessions. After a large change to the bike for Sunday morning warm up, Wyman found the grip he had been missing for many rounds.
“In Sunday morning warm up we really found something with a big change in swingarm pivot of the bike,” Wyman said. “We finally found some grip, even on the used tire we had on the bike, and I was really excited for the race. I think we got a little greedy and tried to improve the bike even more, and ended up going in the wrong direction for the race. All in all, we really did make some progress despite our limited laps over the weekend. It was enough to give us a good direction for the remaining three rounds on the schedule.”
Wyman finished 9th in race two after a race-long battle with Danny Eslick, the two who have been seemingly linked together in battles all year long. Wyman retains 7th place in the championship standings after 7 rounds of the series, a few places better than his career-best 10th place overall in the 2017 championship.
“I’m confident that we will have something for the boys come Pittsburgh,” Wyman added. “The last three rounds on the schedule are back on home turf for me, and tracks that I really enjoy and understand how to go fast at. I’m looking forward to sorting out our remaining issues and making the most of what’s ahead of us.”
After finding support from Let’s Ride Track Days, a California-based motorcycle track time organization, Bryce Prince scored his best finishes of the season at Sonoma Raceway for the KWR team.
Prince had a seamless weekend where he built on results from the Utah weekend, and finished 4th and 5th in Supersport races one and two respectively. Prince was closer to the leaders than he’s been all season in both races.
“After finding a really good base setup at the last round, I knew our chances were good to fight for the podium at Sonoma,” Prince said. “We had such a good bike that I could really focus on my riding all weekend and the results showed. I felt really comfortable on my Let’s Ride Track Days R6 and I can’t wait to finish the season with our team’s confidence at an all time high. While we have found our best results of the season as of late, our goal is to be on the podium and I’m looking forward to the opportunity at Pittsburgh.”
Prince sits 7th in the Supersport championship, only 6 points out of 4th. He’ll be looking to fight forward at Pittsburgh in two week’s time.
The next round of the MotoAmerica championship is at Pittsburgh International Race Complex August 24-26, 2018. Stay tuned on the @kylewymanand @kwr_sbkInstagram pages to check in on the team’s progress.
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