MILLVILLE, N.J. (Sept. 10) — The KWR team brought home a quartet of top-10 finishes this past weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park, in Millville, N.J.. Kyle Wyman scored 6th and 7th place finishes aboard his Cambr/Stonecastle/KWR Yamaha in Superbike while Bryce Prince finished up 8th and 10th on his RiderzLaw/KWR YZF-R6.
Mother nature offered up a variety of conditions throughout the weekend, with Friday practice hot and humid, but dry. Wyman finished the day 8th fastest on the Superbike while working on race setup, but with the forecast for rain for the balance of the weekend the hard work would prove to not make much of a difference, as Superpole and both races were ran in cold, wet conditions.
“Friday was a good day for us and we made a lot of progress with our dry setup,” Wyman said. “I’m still glad we had that time on the bike, to continue working on our new setup and we’ve become really happy. For Saturday morning it looked like we would have to start from scratch in the wet and we had to get up to speed quickly.”
The balance of the weekend was soaked with rain, remnants of a lingering tropical storm that swept the northeast. In the first practice session, Wyman posted the 9th fastest time on the slippery track before crashing, in what would be his third crash of the entire season. The KWR team repaired the bike in time for Superpole, where Wyman qualified 8th on the grid.
With high hopes for race one, the KWR team changed some settings on the bike to get Wyman more comfortable on the rain tires, but a costly miscalculation in the rear suspension setup put Wyman on track with a rear shock that was entirely too stiff for wet conditions. The lack in rear grip cost him dearly in lap times, but with the attrition in the race he was able to bring home is Cambr-sponsored Yamaha in 6th place.
“Race one was really tough for me,” Wyman said. “I felt like the rear tire was losing grip throughout the race, and I wondered at times whether I had a leak in the rear tire or the pressure was off. It turns out I wasn’t crazy and after looking at the data from the race we noticed that the rear suspension was barely moving. We realized quickly the mistake we made and felt fortunate in that moment that I was able to finish the race in those conditions.”
The KWR team went back to work, correcting the suspension miscue and making further adjustments to the forks. Wyman posted the 9th fastest time in Sunday morning warm up, but even with much wetter conditions he felt more comfortable on the bike.
In race two Wyman got off to a fast start, picking up two positions in the opening lap to sit in 6th spot. In turn 10 on the first lap a rare mistake from Wyman sent him sliding down the track for the first time all year during a race.
“I felt really comfortable on the bike during the warm up lap and felt like I could make a push to the front early,” Wyman said. “In turn 10 I was carrying some good entry speed, and Roger (Hayden) who was in front of me slowed up a ton, I had to chop the throttle a little quicker than I would have liked, and the bike pitched forward really quick and I was on the ground before I knew it. Luckily the bike was in good shape and I could continue on.”
Wyman continued on from last place, and found the pace to be the third fastest rider on track, fighting his way up to 8th. With the battle for 5th in sight, and gaining time on them with each lap, Wyman made the same costly mistake in the same corner only to find himself picking up the bike from the same spot in the grass. Again, the bike was in rideable condition, and Wyman got back in the race without losing position. He would fight his way to 7th place to finish on the lead lap.
“When I was sliding down the track for the second time, I couldn’t believe it,” Wyman added. “I felt like I didn’t do anything wrong, I just suddenly lost the front the same way I had the first time. My only thought was to get back on the bike if I could, and I got back in the race just ahead of Cam Beaubier, who was leading and coming around to lap me. I was able to pull away from him to stay on the lead lap. It was frustrating to know I had the pace to run up front but threw it away, twice. Either way, I’m happy with the way I rode when I kept it up and have even more confidence in the rain now.”
The shortened Superbike race, which ran only 18 laps compared to Saturday’s 23-lap main, would close out the weekend as Wyman fought to the very end. His last lap of the race was 4 seconds faster than anyone else on track.
“I can’t thank the Cambr/Stonecastle guys and Josh Siegel specifically for stepping up to support the team this weekend,” added Wyman, who dropped to 8th place in series points standings after Sunday. “If I had more positive camber in turn 10, it would have helped me stay on the bike and ride to a podium, the way that Cambr offers financial solutions to support local communities and help businesses grow.”
“We had high hopes for the NJMP race, after our podium in 2017. I would have loved nothing more than to have a dry race again in Jersey this year, but it wasn’t to be. I can’t wait for our final round at Barber Motorsports Park in two weeks.”
To learn more about Cambr, backed by Stonecastle Financial, visit their website at www.cambr.com
The season finale at Barber Motorsports Park takes place, September 21-23, 2018 in Leeds, Alabama.
Coming off a hot streak of two podium finishes, the RiderzLaw/KWR rider Bryce Prince battled through the rain to score two top-10 finishes in New Jersey. The Californian climbed up to tie for 3rd in the Supersport championship as the series heads in to the final round.
“New Jersey was a very high and low weekend for us,” Prince said. “After putting the bike on the front row Friday I knew I had a good pace in the dry. However, it poured rain the next two days and I struggled to get a good feeling with the track surface. I was able to bring home two top-10 finishes for my team. These aren’t the results I know I was capable of, but we sit tied for 3rd in the championship now and I’m looking forward to fighting strong at Barber!”