ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — When the Travis Wyman Racing BMW Team rig rolled into Road America Thursday for the opening round of the 2020 MotoAmeica season, the Las Vegas rider hadn’t turned a lap on the team’s 2020 BMW S 1000 RR. A little more than 24 hours after debuting the new bike in Friday morning’s practice session, Wyman had scored a sixth place in the event’s Stock 1000 race and a top 10 in the day’s Superbike race.
The 2018 MotoAmerica Stock 1000 runner-up made the most of May 29-31 event, nearly scoring another top-10 Superbike finish while using track time to figure out a good baseline set-up for the team’s all-new BMW package.
Having only ridden the new S 1000 RR a few hundred miles on the Pacific Coast Highway to break in the engine, Wyman and his team of Steve Weir, crew chief, and Alex Torres, lead mechanic, were in uncharted waters Friday morning when Wyman took the bike on track for the first time. Wyman ended the session sixth-fastest and posted the second-fastest trap speed at more than 175 mph.
Wyman qualified sixth for the weekend’s sole Stock 1000 race, posting a lap two seconds faster than his best lap in the Friday morning practice session. The Stock 1000 race took place Saturday afternoon, and Wyman finished the race in sixth while shaving another two seconds off his best lap time on the new bike.
Later on Saturday afternoon, Wyman took part in the Superbike race as part of the new-for-2020 MotoAmerica Superbike Cup, which allows select Stock 1000 riders to also compete in the Superbike Class at each event. Wyman scored a 10th place overall and was the second-highest place finisher of the Superbike Cup riders.
In Sunday’s Superbike race, Wyman was running as high as 10th place after starting 15th when false neutrals interrupted his charge forward. He kept the bike on the track and claimed a 15th-place finish.
The Travis Wyman Racing BMW Team will be back in action June 26-28 when the Road America circuit plays host to its second MotoAmerica event of 2020.
Travis Wyman / #10
“Overall, I’m really happy with how the weekend went. Friday practice was the first time I rode our 2020 BMW S 1000 RR in race trim, and I felt comfortable on it from the first lap. My feel with the bike improved every session, even with the big set-up changes we were throwing at it every time I came into the pits. We were still adjusting the handlebars and footpegs on Friday morning, and by the end of the weekend I was already running nearly as fast as I had on the team’s previous BMW package. The Stock 1000 and Saturday Superbike races went well for us, and scoring a top 10 in Superbike with a motorcycle we’re still working on finding a baseline set-up for is pretty incredible. I’m bummed that false neturals knocked me out of the top 10 in Sunday’s Superbike race, but I couldn’t be happier with what we accomplished this weekend given all the unknowns we faced. I’m looking forward to even better results with this 2020 BMW S 1000 RR as the season goes on.”