ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — Some racing weekends are a challenge from the time a team sets up in the paddock. For the Weir Everywhere Racing BMW team, MotoAmerica’s Dunlop Championship at Road America June 1-3 was one of those weekends. The team had to work hard to find the right set-up throughout practice and qualifying only to have its race cut short.
The team’s weekend of ups and downs started in Saturday afternoon’s Stock 1000 Class qualifying session. Team rider Travis Wyman managed to put the team’s BMW S 1000 RR on provisional pole despite struggling with the bike’s set-up most of the session. Sunday morning’s second qualifying session of the weekend saw more of the same. While no rider was getting close to beating Wyman’s best lap time from Saturday, Wyman found himself only third-fastest for most of the session as the team continued getting the bike set up for Road America’s long straights and iconic corners. Wyman ended the session on a high note, beating his fastest lap from Saturday and securing the team’s third pole of the season.
In Sunday afternoon’s race, Wyman got his best start of the season, only to miss a shift heading down Road America’s long front straight toward Turn 1. Even with dropping down to fifth place Wyman had raced his BMW to first place by the end of Lap 3. On Lap 4, Wyman was trying to put a gap between himself and the other frontrunners and outbraked himself as he entered Turn 12. Wyman consequently crashed and was unable to remount his damaged bike.
The MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Class’ next round will be MotoAmerica’s Round 6 at Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah July 20-22. Wyman and the entire Weir Everywhere Racing BMW team will take the long break in the schedule to prepare the team’s BMW S 1000 RR for a return to winning ways.
Travis Wyman / #24
“We struggled a bit in qualifying this weekend but in the end found a set-up that was really working for me. I was a bit surprised by the pace of the other frontrunners in the Stock 1000 Class, but I learned where I was stronger than them on the track. In the race I got a good launch but had a problem with an upshift and had to make a few moves to get back to the front. I was trying to pull a gap on the rest of the field when I lost traction on the front heading into Turn 12 and low-sided. I wanted to get going again to salvage some points but the left clip-on bar was too damaged to continue. We as a team will work during the long break to get the bike ready for Utah Motorsports Campus. I think our BMW S 1000 RR package will be strong there. I wish we had more track time with the bike, as every race weekend continues to be a learning experience. I have a lot of confidence in my team though and believe we will be back in the front at Utah.”
Steve Weir / Crew Chief
“It was an up and down weekend for us. Up until this weekend our perfect storm of teamwork, talent, focus and luck had been raging. Today the storm got a little undermined. We are still working to understand why Travis crashed so we can give Travis the bike he needs to push as hard as he can. We have plenty of time to get the bike repaired and ready for Utah in a few weeks’ time. The team was working really well together again this weekend and it was impressive to see the pace Travis could do even with the set-up problems we were experiencing. We are still very much in the championship hunt, and will be ready to get our championship chase back on track at Utah. ”
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