INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Racing at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway is nothing new for Travis Wyman, but never before had he come out on top in a race there. That all changed Saturday, when the Las Vegas resident piloted his 2020 BMW S 1000 RR to his first victory of the 2020 season in the Stock 1000 race at MotoAmerica’s Superbikes at the Brickyard round.
The victory – Wyman’s first aboard the 2020 edition of BMW’s flagship sport motorcycle model – marked his first time on the top step of the Stock 1000 podium since the VIRginia International Raceway round in May 2018 and is the sixth win of Wyman’s pro road racing career.
Wyman first raced on the speedway’s road course in 2008 as part of his participation in the Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup. He also competed in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Class races in 2012-2014 and the MotoAmerica Supersport race in 2015 at the historic venue.
Wyman had a strong start to the event, placing second in both Friday Stock 1000 qualifying practice sessions and securing second place on the Stock 1000 grid – his fourth front-row starting spot of the season.
That positive momentum carried into Saturday, staring with the weekend’s only Stock 1000 race. Wyman rode around the outside of several other competitors at the opening corner of the race and entered Turn 2 in second place. From there, Wyman and the race leader pulled away from the rest of the field. Wyman briefly held the lead after a Turn 1 pass on the race leader and was running in a close second place before lapped traffic stifled his charge forward several times in the latter stages of the race.
Though he crossed the finish line in second place, Wyman was reclassified as the winner after MotoAmerica issued a penalty against the race winner for exceeding track limits.
Later Saturday, Wyman scored the best Superbike finish of his career. The contest was stopped twice due to on-track incidents. Wyman moved up the running order from 12th place to 11th after the first restart and made the most of the second restart, climbing to ninth place by the end of the first lap. Wyman powered his way past three more riders in the remaining 14 laps to finish sixth.
After skipping the damp Sunday morning warm-up session, Wyman had another good outing in Sunday’s first Superbike race. Starting the race 15th on the grid, Wyman moved up the running order three places in opening four laps. Later in the race, Wyman advanced past four more riders on Laps 7-10 and finished the race in eighth place.
In the third and final Superbike race of the weekend, Wyman got a good start from 13th on the grid and was running in 11th place when the race was red flagged. After the race restarted, Wyman began quickly working his way up the running order. In the span of five laps, he advanced from 12th place to eighth and later staved off a challenge from other rider to finish the race in eighth place.
Wyman’s Stock 1000 victory moved him up to third place in that class’ championship standings, and he is one of two riders who remain in contention for the inaugural MotoAmerica Superbike Cup title.
With the Indianapolis round in the books, the Travis Wyman Racing BMW team heads west to the final round of the 2020 MotoAmerica season, which is scheduled for Oct. 23-25 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.
Travis Wyman / #10
“This weekend has been one of my best racing weekends in a really long time. I really enjoy racing here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and it was great to get my first win of the season here. The win didn’t come the way we hoped it would, but we’ll take it and move on from here. We’ve been working really hard at developing this new BMW package, and this was the weekend that things really came together for us. My crew chief, Steve Weir, had our BMW dialed in for all four races, and this was the best I’ve felt on the new bike all year. My best Superbike finish before Indianapolis was a ninth place, so I couldn’t be happier leaving here with a sixth place and two eighth-place finishes in the series’ top class. The next track we visit – Laguna Seca – hasn’t been a favorite of mine. But, based on how well the new bike performed at other tracks that had given us fits in the past – like New Jersey and Barber – I’m expecting more good results at Laguna.”