ALTON, Va. — It wasn’t the weekend Travis Wyman had hoped for at MotoAmerica’s Superbikes at Virginia, but the Shair-sponsored BMW rider left VIRginia International Raceway with fifth-place and seventh-place finishes in the Stock 1000 Class, a top 10 in Superbike and had retained the lead in the Superbike Cup standings.
Though Wyman was fast out of the gate at the May 21-23 event, the lack of experience racing the team’s 2020 BMW S 1000 RR on VIR’s 2.25-mile North Course and mechanical issues curtailed the Las Vegas rider’s pace on Saturday and Sunday.
Wyman had a good start to the weekend, topping the time sheets in Friday’s Stock 1000 practice session. He ended up second in Friday qualifying and finished qualifying on Saturday morning in fifth place.
In Saturday’s Stock 1000 contest, Wyman got a decent start and slotted into fifth place at Turn 1. He finished the race in fifth after battling overheating issues and working his way past a lot of lapped traffic. However, Wyman was unfortunately docked two positions after the race due to a pass he made on a lapped rider under a waving yellow flag. In Saturday’s Superbike race, Wyman started 15th on the grid and gradually worked his way up the running order to 10th place, the second-best finish among the Superbike Cup riders.
Wyman got a good start in Sunday’s Stock 1000 race. After emerging from Turn 1 in fourth place, Wyman found his bike was down on top-end power and had to settle for a lonely fifth-place finish. Despite the mechanical setback, Wyman finished the weekend third in the Stock 1000 standings, just 10 points adrift of the class leader.
Later Sunday, Wyman got another good start in the final Superbike race of the weekend and was in the hunt for the top finish among the Superbike Cup riders. Wyman maintained a consistent pace throughout the 20-lap race and finished 11th overall, as well as third among the Superbike Cup competitors.
Travis Wyman Racing is back in action June 11-13 for the next round of the 2021 MotoAmerica season, which takes place at the historic Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Travis Wyman / No. 10
“We came out really strong on Friday, and I was happy being first in Friday practice and second in Friday qualifying. A few other riders caught up to our pace in Saturday qualifying, but that’s also when I first noticed our BMW’s overheating issues. Then we had another setback when we got docked two positions in Saturday’s Stock 1000 race after another rider protested us. The bike felt really good in the Saturday Superbike race, but the horsepower loss came back in a big way in Sunday’s races. Overall, it was a good weekend in that we salvaged some points, but we also missed out on a lot of points here. I’m stoked that the team was able to get the word out to MotoAmerica fans about Shair’s car-sharing service, and it was great to see the droves of fans who came out for this event. We expect to have our engine issues sorted out for Road America, which is a track I love and have won at before.”