BRASELTON, Ga. — The results sheets from Round 3 of the 2020 MotoAmerica season at Road Atlanta don’t convey how challenging the event was for Travis Wyman.
Still on the mend from surgery to reattach a piece of bone in his left elbow, the BMW rider — who has cut back on physical training due to his injury — scored fifth place and seventh place finishes in the July 31-Aug. 2 event’s Stock 1000 Class races in brutally hot conditions while competing aboard an ailing motorcycle. He also finished the weekend’s Superbike races in 11th and 12th place and now sits second in the Superbike Cup standings and fifth in the Stock 1000 championship.
Wyman has recorded two of his five career pro road racing victories at Road Atlanta, and that experience helped him salvage good results despite the challenges he faced. While battling through pain in his left elbow every time he went out on track, Wyman also had to manage several mechanical issues with his BMW throughout the weekend.
The team will make a stop at its East Coast base of operations in Macedon, New York, before it heads to next weekend’s round at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania. Thanks to BMW of North America Marketing Communications Manager Mark Buche, the team has been supplied with the parts it needs to fully repair its 2020 S 1000 RR and expects to be competing with a mechanically sound motorcycle at the Pittsburgh round.
Travis Wyman / #10
“This was one of the most challenging weekends of my racing career. It was tough racing in the hot and humid conditions with not having done any of my usual physical training since the end of June. My elbow was probably about 80 percent recovered from the surgery, and I had to be very careful about how hard I was pushing my BMW. I’m delighted to be leaving Atlanta in a better position in both class standings than where we started the weekend. My team of mechanic Alex Torres and crew chief Steve Weir were at their best this weekend, and I wouldn’t have gotten the results I did without their hard work. Though we were dealing with some mechanical issues with our BMW S 1000 RR, I think our ability to get good finishes with a motorcycle and rider that are less than 100 percent really speaks to how strong the 2020 BMW package is. I want to thank Mark Buche for working so quickly to get the team what it needs to repair our bike, and I’m looking forward to racing in front of my friends and family from upstate New York, as Pittsburgh is the closest event to my hometown of Rochester, New York.”
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