MONTEREY, Calif. — Weir Everywhere Racing BMW rider Travis Wyman show patience and great racecraft when he won the battle for fourth place in the Stock 1000 race at the MotoAmerica Championship of Monterey.
In front of the stars of the Superbike World Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca July 12-14, Wyman showed he was a rising star in the MotoAmerica series by using a end-of-the-race push to come out on top of a four-way battle for fourth place. Wyman’s performance allowed him to maintain fourth place in the Stock 1000 Class standings with five races remaining in 2019.
The team kicked off the weekend by posting the fifth-fastest time in the Stock 1000 Class’ only practice session. Wyman ended up qualifying eighth while the team worked on finding an ideal set up for its BMW S 1000 RR. The set up came into its own toward the end of the 12-lap Stock 1000 race, as Wyman got a good start and moved up two positions on the first lap. He moved up two more positions on Lap 8 and finished the race in fourth place despite experiencing heavy wear on his rear tire.
In Sunday’s Superbike race, Wyman put in a conservative effort to maximize the team’s ability to gather data on his BMW S 1000 RR. The team tested out some Superbike-spec parts on its BMW to learn more about the motorcycle’s handling characteristics. Wyman started the race in 13th and finished in 12th while generating lots of data points over the race’s 23-lap distance.
The MotoAmerica series has a three-week break before the next round Aug. 10-11 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Wyman claimed a third-place finish in his first time racing a BMW at the track in 2018, and he will be aiming for similar results or better in 2019.
Travis Wyman / #24
“We knew this weekend was going to have some difficulties simply because we did not race our BMW package at Laguna Seca last season. Racing in both Saturday’s Stock 1000 contest and Sunday’s Superbike race gave us the most seat time we’ve put in on our BMW on one track. I knew that having that much track time would allow us to Laguna Seca in a much stronger position as a team. In the end, our BMW S 1000 RR performed even better than we expected, and it felt great to win a tough battle for fourth place in Stock 1000. I would have liked to have pushed harder in the Superbike race, but the arm pump problem I’ve been struggling with this year really flared up during the race. While we were hoping for a podium finish, the Laguna Seca round was ultimately a successful one for us.”
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