ALTON, Va. — Riders are often the focal point of motorcycle road racing. However, motorcycle road racing is a team sport. Riders are born with a very unique set of skills that allow them to ride powerful motorcycles to their limit. A rider’s team, however, is integral to allowing a rider to push their machine as hard as possible and demonstrate the true extent of their talent. Travis Wyman’s commanding win at the second round of the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 class championship at VIRginia International Raceway was not simply a result of Wyman’s already-proven talent. It was also a product of Wyman surrounding himself with a team that has allowed him to finally show the MotoAmerica paddock just how talented he is.
Wyman’s pace was evident throughout the weekend. After posting the fastest time in the class’ only practice session Saturday morning, Wyman rode a blistering lap in Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session that was over a second faster than the next fastest time. Wyman again set the pace in the Sunday morning’s qualifying session, leading the field by just under a second. Wyman was the only rider to post a lap time below 1:27 in the Stock 1000 class all weekend. In Sunday afternoon’s race, Wyman got a good start on his BMW S 1000 RR, got the holeshot, and quickly built an impressive gap. Wyman took the checkered flag over 9 seconds ahead of second-place to remain a perfect two-for-two in wins for the 2018 Stock 1000 class season. With his win at VIR, Wyman extends his championship points lead to 10. After the race, Wyman credited his team for giving him a great bike set-up at a track he really likes and has had previous success at.
The next round for the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 class will be at the Road America circuit June 1-3. Wyman has one of his now-five career American professional motorcycle road racing victories at the Elkhart Lake, Wis. circuit, and the team believes the circuit’s layout will suit its BMW package.
Travis Wyman / #24, Stock 1000
“The weekend started off kind of slow for us. I didn’t feel fully comfortable on the bike in practice. I worked with my team, and my crew chief Steve Weir and my suspension specialist Lenny Albin from K-Tech made some set-up changes that gave me a great motorcycle for Saturday’s qualifying session. I instantly felt comfortable on the bike and was able to set the pace in both qualifying sessions. I finally got a good start in Sunday’s race and just put my head down for the first few laps. I didn’t even look at my pit board for the first six laps and just pushed hard that whole time. I wasn’t sure what the rest of the field would have for me in the race, but when I saw I was building a gap I was able to back off a little and bring the Weir Everywhere Racing BMW S 1000 RR home for the win. I really want to thank my team for giving me such a great bike this weekend. We are continuing to grow as a team and I could not be happier with how well we all have been working together this year. This is the best team I have been a part of in my 10 year professional motorcycle road racing career, and I am looking forward to getting this BMW out on track at Road America. My three favorite tracks on the MotoAmerica calendar are the first three tracks we visit this season, and I will be looking for more of the same success and pace I showed here VIR at the next round.”
Steve Weir / Crew Chief
“Our perfect storm keeps raging, as the team really came together even more this weekend. I said at the beginning of the weekend we have been learning how to give Travis the bike and set-up he needs to be successful, and this weekend was a great example our ability to do just that. This BMW package in stock form at this track is so good, and this is a track that Travis really likes and has a lot of experience at. We knew coming into the weekend that we had a really good chance at being at the front all weekend. I continue to be impressed with Travis. His pace, work ethic, and ability to communicate with the team has been a huge part of us getting such great performance of our BMW S 1000 RR package. Road America is another track that should really suit the BMW, and I am looking forward to seeing what Travis can do with it there.”
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