ALTON, Va. — VIRginia International Raceway has been a track where Travis Wyman has had some of the best performances of his career, and he added to that record Sunday with a pole position and a third-place finish at the 2019 MotoAmerica Championship of Virginia.
The Weir Everywhere Racing BMW rider and 2018 MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Championship runner-up was hoping for a repeat performance of his dominating win at VIR in 2018 and started off Sunday’s on-track action for the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Class by claiming pole position for the class’ only race of the weekend. Wyman’s pole time of a 1:26.700 was two-tenths faster than his pole-winning time in 2018.
In the race, Wyman got an good start and saved his tires to make a last-lap push for the win. He had made a pass for second place with two laps to go in the 12-lap race and was lining up a pass on the leader when his BMW S 1000 RR struck a curb at an odd angle. Wyman’s motorcycle began bucking uncontrollably, but he maintained his concentration, stayed in the throttle and rode his way out of the incident. He went on to finish the race in third place, adding valuable points to his championship effort.
After a three-week break, the team will be back on track at the Dunlop Championship at Road America, which takes place May 31-June 2. Wyman has two professional road racing wins at the historic Elkhart Lake, Wis., circuit, and he is aiming to add another win to that tally.
Travis Wyman / #24
“I was running in third place for most of the race and was saving my tires to make a late race charge for the lead. The pace was pretty comfortable, so I knew I’d have a chance to go for the win in the last couple laps. I made the move up to second, and thought I had more laps left to make a move on the leader. I was getting a pass lined up when I clipped a curb going through the esses and nearly lost control of my BMW. It was a wild ride, but I settled right back down and pushed as hard as I could for the rest of the last lap. I think we had a shot at the win today, but this podium finish is a positive result for the team, and we’ll be aiming for another podium or better at Road America.
“Our success this weekend would not have been possible without all the hard work of my mechanic Alex Torres of Fastline Motorcycle Performance. Our crew was short-staffed and Alex worked his tail off to help us score our first pole and podium of the season. He’s also helped driving our team’s rig this year, and we certainly wouldn’t be contending for a class title this year without all his hard work over the last two rounds.”
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