MILLVILLE, N.J. — The wet conditions at the MotoAmerica Championship of New Jersey couldn’t dampen Travis Wyman’s enthusiasm or will to compete.
The Weir Everywhere Racing BMW rider and Las Vegas, Nev., resident scored a second-place finish on the rain-soaked New Jersey Motorsports Park’s 2.25-mile Thurderbolt track Sunday to secure second place in the Stock 1000 Class championship standings. It was Wyman’s fourth podium finish of the season.
Wyman put his years of experience racing at the track and his experience racing in the rain to good use over the course of the weekend. The Stock 1000 Class’ first time on track was Saturday, after the weekend’s nearly-constant rain had started falling. Wyman placed second in both Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning’s qualifying sessions aboard the team’s BMW S 1000 RR package. He missed out on pole by a mere 0.214 seconds. In the Sunday afternoon race, which was moved to an earlier time slot because of the treacherous, wet track conditions, Wyman got a good start and maintained his focus and pace despite the difficult conditions to score a second-place finish.
While the class championship is unfortunately now out of reach, Wyman will be aiming to finish the 2018 MotoAmerica season on a high note when the series rolls into Barber Motorsports Park Sept. 21-23.
Travis Wyman / #24
“We used the Saturday morning practice session to dial in the new suspension we started using at Pittsburgh, and later got second place in Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session. I usually feel pretty good racing in the rain, but it was hard to find good grip this weekend with how wet the track was. We narrowly missed out on pole Sunday morning, so I knew I had a shot at the win. I got a decent start but was struggling to come to terms with Sunday afternoon’s extremely difficult track conditions. I gradually worked myself into a good rhythm and was able to make a late charge to finish on the podium. It was one of the toughest races I have ever done mentally because of how much the track conditions were changing lap by lap. Barber has never been a track I have been really comfortable at, but I am interested to see how well our BMW package will work there. My team has worked really hard at every round this year to get the bike dialed in for me quickly, and I am expecting more of the same at Barber.”
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