SONOMA, Calif. — Weir Everywhere Racing BMW rider Travis Wyman made the most of a tough weekend at the MotoAmerica Championship of Sonoma on Aug. 10-11, scoring a fifth-place finish in the Stock 1000 race.
The team entered the weekend hopeful that it could repeat the podium finish it managed last year at Sonoma Raceway, but struggled to find the right set up to allow Wyman to keep up with the class’ front-runners. Wyman’s finish at Sonoma helped him remain inside the top five in the Stock 1000 Class standings with three rounds to go.
Wyman had a good start to the event. He was third fastest in the class’ only practice session and was fifth fastest in the Saturday qualifying session. He dropped about a second off his best Saturday qualifying time in Sunday’s qualifying session, but several other riders upped their pace and Wyman was forced to settle for seventh place on the starting grid. In the Sunday afternoon race, Wyman fell back to ninth place on Lap 1 but gradually worked his way through the field. He made his move for fifth place in Lap 10 of 14, but was too far back from the front-runners to move up the running order.
The next stop on the MotoAmerica’s schedule takes place Aug. 23-25 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pa. Wyman has ample experience racing at the track, as it was his home track when he was growing up in western New York State.
Travis Wyman / #24
“We were hoping to repeat the success we had at Sonoma Raceway last year, but the weekend didn’t go as planned. We were struggling to find the right setup for our BMW S 1000 RR during qualifying, and I made things harder on the team by not getting the best start. The weekend ended on a high note, though. While I was pushing hard all race long, the setup we used for the race really came into its own as the race went on. During the last several laps I was running my fastest times of the race. We battled our way to some good championship points here at Sonoma, and I’m looking forward to heading east to tracks I have a lot more experience racing on. We had an unlucky weekend at Pittsburgh International Race Complex last year, but I’ve had really good pace at that track over the years and am expecting to have our BMW back at the front.”
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