GRANTSVILLE, Utah — It was a weekend of peaks and valleys for the Weir Everywhere Racing BMW team at the MotoAmerica Championship of Utah July 20-22. The team arrived at Utah Motorsports Campus after the Stock 1000 Class’ six-week break and began working to get its bid for the class championship back on track. Rider Travis Wyman had not raced a motorcycle since the weekend-ending crash at Road America on June 3.
Wyman gradually regained his confidence in the front end of his BMW S 1000 RR and worked his way from being 5th fastest in Saturday morning practice to winning pole in Sunday morning’s final qualifying session. Wyman got a good start in the Sunday afternoon race and found himself in a three-way battle for the lead. He set a race pace that was faster than his pole time and was making a move to retake the lead in Turn 5 when he was forced to change his line. Wyman consequently lost traction on the front tire and low-sided. Despite crashing, Wyman was able to remount his BMW and finish the race in seventh place.
The MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Class will next compete at the MotoAmerica Championship of Sonoma Aug. 10-12. Wyman remains a strong contender for the inaugural MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Class championship and will be aiming to score his third win of the season on the technical, 2.52-mile circuit.
Travis Wyman / #24
“It was tough to mentally get rolling again after such a long break and how the weekend at Road America ended. The team was great though. They did everything they could to make the weekend successful. Our race pace was really good. We were consistently running faster during the race than we were on the lap that got us the pole Sunday morning. I got a good start and got into a good battle at the front of the field. I had the last lap planned out and was expecting the other riders to attack in the early part of the lap. When one of them tried to pass me on the inside going into Turn 5 I changed my line to set him up for an over-under move. I ended up crashing but got back up and was able to salvage a seventh-place finish. Our bid for the championship is more difficult now but after Sonoma we head back east to tracks where I have a lot of experience. I want to thank my team for supporting me and giving me a great bike this weekend. I am expecting us to be back at the front at the next round.”
Steve Weir / Team Principal
“We knew the weekend was going to be a tough one for us. Travis had not raced at Utah Motorsports Campus on a motorcycle in several years. It also takes a rider time to regain their confidence in the front of their motorcycle after a front-end tuck. Travis got faster as the weekend progressed. We were able to make changes to the bike to help him regain his confidence and perform at his best as his lap times came down. We were elated when we won the pole position Sunday morning and Travis’ lap times continued to drop during the race. Travis had an unfortunate crash on the last lap due to changing his line and hitting a big bump in Turn 5. The fact that he was able to get back on the bike and finish in seventh-place was huge for our championship bid. Sonoma is a rider’s track and one I think Travis will do well at. It is a difficult track to set a bike up for, so it really comes down to the rider. From what I have seen this season, Travis has the pace and mental toughness to perform well at Sonoma and set us up for a big push for the championship in the last three races of the season.”
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