TUCSON, Ariz. (Aug. 13)— The KWR Ducati team raced at Sonoma Raceway this past weekend for the 7th round of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship. With title sponsor Ducati Richmond, Kyle Wyman recorded two DNF (did not finish) results but gained data and confidence for the remaining rounds.
Wyman had surgery on July 15th to repair a broken scaphoid, injured in a crash at the previous round at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca. Just a few weeks after the operation he was back on the bike and finished up 7th fastest in the early morning session, on Saturday of the two-day Sonoma event.
Wyman proceeded to qualify 10th overall after QP2, and with a goal of moving into the top five in the first afternoon, a mechanical took the Ducati Richmond/KWR Panigale V4 R out of contention early in the race and ended the bid.
“Going into this weekend I had no expectations, because of my wrist injury,” Wyman said. “Fortunately that was not our biggest problem, but unfortunately we battled some mechanical issues in race one that took us out of the fight. We were running up in 6th spot when we broke a fuel line inside the fuel tank, kind of a freak thing.”
After making changes to the rear of the motorcycle, the KWR team improved the feeling for Wyman in Sunday morning warm up and set off for race two determined to make up for Saturday’s woes. Wyman got another good start and was battling for the top 6 again before another mechanical forced him to pull in. After rectifying the issue Wyman put his head down for 10 laps to finish the race, and was the fastest rider on track on the final lap of the race. Unfortunately, Wyman did not complete enough total laps to record a finishing result (75% of race distance), and was credited with a DNF again in race two.
“As bummed as I am that we had our mechanicals this weekend, I feel like I have more confidence in the bike than I’ve had all season long,” Wyman said. “Getting back out there, even as many laps down as we were, I had the chance to still race with some guys who I’ve been around all year, and get the best of them. It may not count for anything on paper but we gathered some very valuable data that will help us in the upcoming rounds.”
“I want to thank Doreen Walmsey for her support with Ducati Richmond and Ducati North America for bringing their big hauler to the track,” Wyman added. “It was a tremendous weekend for KWR and Ducati, with all of the fans that came out to support. I can’t wait until Pittsburgh, next on the schedule, as it’s a place we tested at earlier this year with our new electronics package. We will be able to return to a track for the first time ever on this Panigale V4 R, and my expectations are very high for myself to perform at these next few events.”
The MotoAmerica Superbike championship heads to Pittsburgh International Race Complex the weekend of August 23-25, 2019.
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