BRASELTON, Ga. — Victory is often a product of preparation, relentlessness, and teamwork. Those three elements came together for the Weir Everywhere Racing BMW team on Sunday at Road Atlanta when it took the win in the first-ever MotoAmerica Stock 1000 class race. The team came into the first MotoAmerica event of the 2018 season with confidence after several strong performances in pre-season club racing.
Rider Travis Wyman, who has now claimed two of his four professional motorcycle road racing victories at Road Atlanta, showed he had the pace to win right out of the gate. Wyman posted the second-fastest time in the class’ only practice session before claiming provisional pole in a dry Saturday afternoon qualifying session. Wyman’s pole position was finalized on Sunday morning when heavy bands of rain poured down on Road Atlanta, making it impossible for anyone to top Wyman’s time.
The team took a gamble by not going out for the wet Sunday morning qualifying session. Despite having no time racing in the rain on a literbike, Wyman slotted into second-place at turn one, and made a pass to take the lead for good on lap 2. Once out in front, Wyman built up a commanding lead over his nearest competitor and took the victory by over five seconds.
A race win is normally the highlight of a racer’s weekend. For Wyman, Road Atlanta was far more memorable for who joined his winning team for a weekend, as well as how Wyman joined another team looking for a big victory of their own. Travis learned about the plight of Alec Ingram, a 12-year-old boy who has been battling an aggressive form of cancer for three years, through one of his sponsors.
Alec is an avid motorsports fan, and Wyman was determined to do something to support and encourage Alec. Wyman flew Alec and his family to Road Atlanta for Saturday’s on-track action and made Alec a part of the Weir Everywhere Racing team for the weekend. For more information on Alec’s battle with cancer, as well as ways individuals and family can support Alec, please visit https://www.facebook.com/Alec-Ingrams-fight-with-Cancer-815312145216741/.
The MotoAmerica Stock 1000 class will next travel to the rolling hills and long front straight of VIRginia International Speedway May 4-6.
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Travis Wyman, rider for Weir Everywhere Racing, said, “We opted to sit out this morning’s session. The tricky conditions would have meant risking the bike and the forecast was calling for the rain to stop before the Stock 1000 race started. We knew it was a gamble, especially since I have never raced a literbike in wet conditions. However, I have been a strong wet weather racer throughout my career, and we as a team decided to put our faith in my ability and the incredible BMW S 1000 RR package we will be campaigning this year. Fortunately, the gamble paid off. I felt comfortable right from the start of the race. I made a pass early on for the lead and was able to start building a gap to the rest of the field. Track conditions were very difficult, and I had a couple close calls out there. Once I had my lead up to about 8 seconds I was able to back off a little and bring the Weir Everywhere Racing BMW home for our first victory of the season. I can’t thank my team enough.
Steve Weir, Alex Torres, and I have worked incredibly hard to get our bike ready for MotoAmerica’s new Stock 1000 class, and I truly believe the BMW is the bike to have in this class. I am really looking forward the next round at VIR, as the track layout compliments some of the strengths of our BMW package. I believe my team and Lenny Albin from K-Tech Suspension will be able to get my bike dialed in again at VIR like they did today, and I expect us to be contending for the win again.”
Steve Weir, crew chief for Weir Everywhere Racing, said, “In the pre-season, I compared our team to a perfect storm coming together. The storm raged through our off-season club racing program, and today the storm struck MotoAmerica for the first time. I am really impressed with Travis, Alex, and Lenny’s hard work this weekend, and it was great rallying as a team behind Alec Ingram’s cause. This was our first professional race as a team, and I only see us getting stronger from here. I fully expect our on-track results to remain strong all season, and look forward to continuing our development of our BMW S 1000 RR package.”
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