WAMPUM, Pa.. (Aug. 26)— Kyle Wyman and the Genuine Broaster Chicken/KWR Ducati team completed round eight of the MotoAmerica Superbike series this past weekend at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pa.. Wyman finished up with a DNF and 8th place in races one and two respectively after running in the top-4 early on in race one.
Wyman came out of the gate solid on day one, finishing up Friday qualifying 7th fastest overall. Saturday morning showed even more promise when the Ducati rider ended Superpole 6th fastest, a season-best on the new Panigale V4 R. It would be Wyman’s first time starting on the front two rows with the Panigale V4 R.
“With high expectations heading into the weekend, I was very happy with our pace after Friday,” Wyman said. “Superpole was better yet, and we were able to put the Ducati on the second row for the first time ever. This was a really positive step for us. It was for sure the best the bike has felt since we uncrated the new Ducati in March.”
In race one Wyman got off to an excellent start, and passed JD Beach for 4th place on track. After building a gap early on following the leaders, Wyman found himself in a battle with Jake Gagne over 4th. On lap 11 of 18, a low-side crash took the Genuine Broaster ChickenDucati out of contention in what would have been a season-best result.
“I got good start in race one and just put my head down,” Wyman added. “It took me a couple laps to get by JD and by then I had kind of lost the three leaders. I was still happy and comfortable with the bike, pulled a bit of a gap back to 5th behind me and was settling in. Gagne caught me a few laps later, got by me into turn three and I was content to sit there. I knew he had the softer tire, and I had the medium, so I wanted to just follow him and see how the race unfolded. One lap he got into turn one a little deep, and I followed him in hot. He slowed way up mid-corner, and I had to squeeze on the brakes just a little more. Unfortunately it was too much and I ended up hitting the ground.”
“I’m really disappointed with myself, but these things happen,” Wyman added. “It’s a shame that I couldn’t bring home a top-5 at the very least, even though I believe I could have finished up 4th. My team and the Broaster Chickenguys deserved that result and I’m so bummed that I made that mistake. On the contrary, it shows the potential of the Panigale V4 R and is a testament to our hard work this year that we were able to run up front and put down some good lap times.”
For Sunday, the KWR team made chassis adjustments to the motorcycle to help find some front-end feel for Wyman. Race two started off similarly with Wyman running in the front group, but the chassis changes proved to be the wrong direction on the bike and he could not hold the pace that he had done in Saturday’s race one. 8th place would be the result, but a much needed flag-to-flag finish was finally recorded after a few rounds of DNF and DNS marks.
“Sunday the goal was just to put together a whole race from beginning to end,” Wyman said. “I was really struggling with the front end of the bike and didn’t have the same feel that I had on Saturday. I tried to hold the pace and keep with the battle for the top-5, but it just wasn’t possible. We have a lot of positives to take away from the weekend though and I’m really looking forward to our next race weekend in New Jersey.”
The last dry race held at New Jersey Motorsports Park was Wyman’s maiden MotoAmerica Superbike podium finish, when he placed 2nd to current points leader Toni Elias in 2017.