Robem Engineering riders De Keyrel, Toth to compete in Aprilia RS 660 Trofeo season finale Sunday in Italy

Team thanks Piaggio Group Americas for continued support, offers best wishes to its riders in advance of race at Autodromo Vallelunga Piero Taruffi

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Oct. 7, 2021

Kaleb De Keyrel piloted an Aprilia RS 660 to the marque’s first MotoAmerica Twins Cup Championship title this year, and — thanks to support from the Piaggio Group Americas — the Minnesotan has been rewarded with an invitation to compete Sunday in the season finale of the Aprilia RS 660 Trofeo series.

The event takes place at the Autodromo Vallelunga Piero Taruffi near Rome, Italy. Also competing in the RS 660 Trofeo finale will be De Keyrel’s Robem Engineering teammate Max Toth.

Accompanying De Keyrel and Toth on the trip is Eric Vallarta, the owner of Robem Engineering technical partner Velocity Calibrations. Vallarta was responsible for chassis and suspension setup for the Robem Engineering Aprilias during the MotoAmerica season and will help the two riders get their Trofeo-spec Aprilia RS 660s dialed in as quickly as possible. De Keyrel’s Aprilia also will feature a special livery for the event.

On-track action gets underway on Thursday, and the event’s lone race is scheduled to start at 12:15 p.m. Central European Time (6:15 a.m. Eastern) on Sunday.

The five-round Aprilia RS 660 Trofeo is organized by BK Corse and is part of the Campionato Italiano Velocitá (CIV) — Italy’s national road racing championship. The first four rounds of the 2021 season took place at three prominent Italian circuits — two rounds at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli and one round apiece at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola and the Autodromo del Mugello.

For more information about the Aprilia RS 660 Trofeo series, visit https://www.aprilia.com/en_EN/aprilia-racing/rs660trofeo.

Coverage of the race is available through Eleven Sports. For more information about how to tune in to watch the race, visit http://elevensports.com.

Robem Engineering’s success during the 2021 MotoAmerica season would not have been possible without the support of Aprilia Racing, Piaggio Group Americas, The Center for Plastic Surgery, Velocity Calibrations, Bitubo Suspension, Dunlop, Woodcraft Technologies, Dymag, Vesrah, DNA Filters, Magura USA, Sara Chappell Photos, NGK/NTK, Blud Lubricants, Millennium Technologies, Suter Racing and SC-Project.

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Jeremy Cook claims points-paying finish in MotoAmerica Stock 1000 race at Barber Motorsports Park weekend after returning from unusual collarbone injury

BMW rider may compete at Daytona, WERA Grand National Finals in October

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Sept. 23, 2021

When Jeremy Cook re-injured his surgically-repaired collarbone at Laguna Seca in July, he knew it was going to be a struggle to race in MotoAmerica again in 2021. Nevertheless, the former Marine recovered from surgery to re-plate his right clavicle in time for the round at New Jersey Motorsports Park Sept. 10-12 and scored a points-paying finish at MotoAmerica’s season finale last weekend at Barber Motorsports Park.

The pro racing veteran and BMW rider was cleared to resume racing shortly after the MotoAmerica round at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in August and finished 14th in the Stock 1000 contest on Saturday at the MotoAmerica Superbikes at Alabama round.

In Cook’s first race back from injury at NJMP, he finished 17th and dropped five seconds off his best Friday practice lap time during Saturday qualifying.

Cook originally shattered his right collarbone in a spectacular crash on the opening lap of the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 race at Road America in June and had surgery to piece the bone back together in time for the round at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Wash., on June 25-27. Though Cook scored two 16th-place finishes at The Ridge without any impairment from the injury, the screws that were holding the plate and bones in place came loose at the Laguna Seca round.

Cook had his work cut out for him in the race at Barber, as a problem with his BMW S 1000 RR’s ECU did not allow him to switch his motorcycle into “rain mode.” Cook had to pilot the machine with its engine putting out maximum power in wet conditions Saturday, which put him at a disadvantage to other riders who were able to use “rain mode” to re-tune their engines for the challenging conditions.

Cook had an OK start to the Barber round. He put in the 17th-fastest lap in Friday practice and finished the Friday afternoon Qualifying 1 session in 10th – lowering his best lap time from practice by more than two seconds. Due to the issues with his BMW’s ECU, Cook had to skip the Saturday morning Qualifying 2 session.

Starting from 20th, Cook moved up to 15th on Lap 1, fell to 16th on Lap 2 and regained 15th place on Lap 5 due to attrition higher up the running order. Cook crossed the finish line in 15th but was later reclassified as the 14th-place finisher when another rider was disqualified from the race.

With the two points he earned for his 14th-place at Barber, Cook finished the 2021 MotoAmerica Stock 1000 season with six championship points — enough to rank 31st in the standings despite missing two rounds.

Cook and his team offer their thanks to the team’s many sponsors, technical partners and fans for a great year of racing. The team will announce its plans for the 2022 MotoAmerica season at the appropriate time.

Jeremy Cook / No. 81
“New Jersey was the first round I was allowed to race after the second surgery, and it was a test of will. I had good strength for the short sessions there but didn’t have the stamina I needed to be as competitive as I wanted to be in the race. Once the arm fatigue kicked in, everything else started to hurt as I was trying to muscle the bike around. I was looking forward to this round, though Barber isn’t my favorite track. With the possibility of rain here, I figured that would be the great equalizer. My motorcycle’s current engine has about 2,600 kilometers on it, which is pretty long in the tooth and in need of an overhaul. Unfortunately, we had another gremlin with the ECU. Without rain mode, the power management and delivery are a lot more difficult to manage, especially with a quarter-turn throttle. It was pretty scary out there, especially during the race as it went from raining to a drying track then back to light rain. I think we definitely could’ve been in the top 10 if we’d had rain mode working, but it was a good weekend overall. We’ve already started tearing down the engine and may have it ready to compete at Daytona or the WERA Grand National Finals in October. I’d like to thank my wife Stephanie, Derek Dixon, Dakari Harris, Gabby Richmond and Veterans Empowered Through Motorsports for helping me accomplish what I did this year. Having them at the track was the such a great experience and something I can never thank them enough for — especially during this season’s very challenging times.”

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Travis Wyman scores podium finish in Stock 1000 race at MotoAmerica season finale

Motul-sponsored BMW rider secures second place in Stock 1000, Superbike Cup standings at Barber Motorsports Park

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Sept. 21, 2021

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — It was a positive conclusion to the 2021 MotoAmerica season for Travis Wyman, as the Motul-sponsored rider scored a podium finish in the final Stock 1000 race of the year and ended the season runner-up in the Stock 1000 and Superbike Cup points standings.

The BMW rider put in an excellent performance in two days of racing in challenging wet conditions Sept. 17-19 at Barber Motorsports Park and was twice in the hunt for a top-five Superbike finish or better. Though he came up just short of his goal of winning two MotoAmerica No. 1 plates, Wyman – like he has all season – got the most he could out of his BMW S 1000 RR and put his title sponsor Motul back on the MotoAmerica podium.

Wyman and the other top 10 riders in the Superbike Cup standings practiced and qualified with the Superbike Class at Barber. In Friday practice, Wyman put in the ninth-fastest time of the session and was second among the Superbike Cup riders. Later Friday, Wyman finished Qualifying 1 in 11th and was third among the Cup competitors. Qualifying wrapped up Saturday morning in wet conditions with Wyman having claimed third on the Stock 1000 grid – his fourth front row starting spot of the season – and 12th for the Saturday Superbike race.

Saturday also featured the weekend’s lone Stock 1000 race and one Superbike race. In the Stock 1000 contest, Wyman struggled in the early laps of the race on the 2.38-mile Barber circuit. After falling as far down the running order as sixth at the end of Lap 1, Wyman had advanced to fourth place by the end of Lap 4. With two laps to go, Wyman made his move into third place, which he held on to by a margin of more than five seconds. Rain continued to pour down on Barber Motorsports Park later Saturday when Superbike Race 1 got underway. Wyman got an excellent start and had moved up the running order five positions by the end of Lap 1. After advancing one position per lap on Laps 2-4, Wyman was running in third at the end of Lap 6 but suffered a crash at the exit of the Museum Corner on Lap 7 and had to retire from the race.

In Sunday’s Superbike Race 2, Wyman had to start the race 20th — third to last — because of his crash on Saturday. Wyman got off the line well again and moved up from 20th to 17th on the first lap. After passing two more riders in the next two laps, Wyman had moved up to 12th place when the race was stopped on Lap 12 of 17 due to wildlife being loose on the racetrack. In Superbike Race 3, Wyman had a banner first lap as he moved up from 13th on the starting grid to eighth by the end of the lap. After running as high as seventh on Laps 2-4, Wyman began experiencing a fogging problem with his helmet’s face shield. The problem forced him to back off his pace, and Wyman had to settle for an 11th-place finish.

With the 2021 MotoAmerica season having come to an end, the Travis Wyman Racing BMW team thanks its many sponsors, especially Motul, and its many enthusiastic fans for another great season of MotoAmerica competition.

Travis Wyman / No. 10
“Friday qualifying went well, and it felt great to have a new engine in our BMW S 1000 RR. We were less than a tenth of a second off the Stock 1000 pole, and we knew on Saturday that the rest of the weekend was going to be wet. We used Qualifying 2 on Saturday morning to work on our wet setup, which felt great on Saturday and Sunday. It was drying conditions in the Stock 1000 race, and I was pretty tentative off the start. I had a great battle with another rider for the last podium spot. Getting third was great for the team and allowed me to secure second place in the Stock 1000 championship. It rained really hard for the Saturday Superbike race, and I was in the running for my first Superbike podium before crashing out. I got more comfortable as the Sunday morning Superbike race went on and was able to work my way from 20th to 12th. I felt great in the last Superbike race, but my shield fogged up so bad that I couldn’t see and had to battle that issue the rest of the race. I was lifting my shield on the back straight trying to wipe it dry and had to actually rip the face shield off to finish the last lap of that race, which was pretty frustrating.”

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De Keyrel wraps up championship-winning season with victory Sunday in MotoAmerica Twins Cup race at Barber Motorsports Park

Marcon claims second Twins Cup pole position in as many races for Robem Engineering Aprilia

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Sept. 20, 2021

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — With the 2021 MotoAmerica Twins Cup title already clinched, Kaleb De Keyrel didn’t have to take part in Sunday’s wet MotoAmerica Twins Cup race at Barber Motorsports Park. Nevertheless, the Robem Engineering Aprilia rider negotiated challenging track conditions to finish the season the same way he started it — with a victory.

The Minnesotan piloted his Aprilia RS 660 to his fifth win of the year and capped off his title-winning season by finishing 68 points ahead of the runner-up in the Twins Cup points standings.

The Robem Engineering team had three other rides take part in the Barber round, including Aprilia test rider Tomasso Marcon. The Italian claimed his second Twins Cup pole position in as many races. Also riding for Robem Engineering were 15-year-old Max Toth – in his third outing with the team – and team manager Carl Price.

Tomasso Marcon (No. 70)

Two of the team’s riders were near the top of the time sheets when on-track activities got underway Friday. Marcon and De Keyrel finished Friday practice in second and fourth place, respectively. Toth found himself in 13th place as he was learning the tight, technical Barber circuit, and Price finished practice in 29th. In Friday’s Qualifying 1 session, Marcon posted the fastest lap time – which was almost two seconds faster than his best practice time. De Keyrel posted the third best time of the session. Toth was 14th-fastest and improved his best lap time by about half a second but suffered a crash, and Price qualified 26th.

Wet conditions in Saturday’s Qualifying 2 session didn’t allow riders to better their lap times from Friday’s Qualifying 1, which handed Marcon his second-consecutive MotoAmerica Twins Cup pole position. The team used Qualifying 2 to perfect its wet weather setup for all four riders’ Aprilia RS 660s, though Toth endured another crash during the session.

In the lone Twins Cup race of the weekend, Marcon grabbed the holeshot as he and De Keyrel held onto their qualifying positions through the first two corners. The race came to an end for Marcon at Turn 3 though, as his motorcycle suffered a technical problem and stopped running. De Keyrel picked up where Marcon had left off at the front of the field, as he made a move for the lead at the Museum corner. Though De Keyrel dropped to second place later in Lap 1, he re-assumed the lead when the race leader crashed out at Turn 2 on Lap 2. The race was stopped a short time later and was restarted as a five-lap contest.

Carl Price (No. 532)

Marcon and his bike were brought back to the paddock when the race was stopped, but the Italian’s Aprilia experienced another problem before the restart that kept him out of the race. De Keyrel got a good restart and was in second when the field made its way through the first turn. Later in the first lap, De Keyrel was running in second when he rode around the outside of the race leader in Turns 15 and 16, regained the lead and was the first to cross start/finish on Lap 1. Toth and Price completed Lap 1 in 16th and 17th, respectively.

Though De Keyrel briefly relinquished the lead on Lap 2, he made an aggressive move at Turns 12 and 13 to retake the lead. De Keyrel went on to claim victory in the final Twins Cup race of 2021 by 1.688 seconds. Price finished in 11th place — missing out on a top 10 by less than a tenth of a second despite making an error at the Museum corner late in the race — and Toth brought his Aprilia home in 14th place.

The Barber round marks the conclusion of the 2021 MotoAmerica season, and the Robem Engineering team will announce its plans for 2022 in the near future. The team thanks Aprilia and its many other technical partners for a successful 2021 campaign.

Max Toth (No. 58)

Kaleb De Keyrel / No. 51

“The forecast was calling for rain all weekend, but it was dry on Friday surprisingly. I was happy to end up third in Friday qualifying, but I was unable to put in the best lap time I was capable of due to getting held up and the session getting cut short. I felt really confident in Saturday qualifying and posted the best time of the session. I knew I just needed to not throw it away in the race, but it was a pretty stressful race. I had another rider pass me then crash right in front of me. When the red flag came out, I was kind of bummed because I had a good lead going. But it is what it is, and my Aprilia RS 660 was working great all day long. Our technical partner, Velocity Calibrations, had the rain settings dialed in for me. It means a lot to get this win to cap off the year on a good note. A huge thank you to Robem Engineering for giving me a great bike all year, as the RS 660 was working phenomenally all year rain or shine.”

Tommaso Marcon / No. 70

“I enjoyed this track from the very first lap. It is amazing here: this facility is just incredible. I think this track would be amazing in Europe, as we do not have something like it over there. I was happy to get the pole position because this is a new track for me, but I think with more time on this track I could go a lot faster than I did. It takes time to find the best lines and reference points. There isn’t much to say about Sunday. I got a good start but the bike experienced an electrical problem in Turn 3. You can’t always anticipate this kind of issue, and I hope to win many races in MotoAmerica in the future. I want to thank Robem Engineering, Aprilia, the team’s sponsors and Matt Spicer and Carl Price for making my racing here in MotoAmerica happen.”

Max Toth / No. 58

“Honestly, this track is very different from New Jersey. It was tough trying to learn the track in the early part of the weekend. When the rain hit, things got even more difficult from there. I had two high-side crashes in the rain sessions, which set my confidence back a bit. The goal I set for myself for the race was just to bring the bike home unscathed, which I did. The result wasn’t what I wanted, and it’s not the way I wanted to end the season.”

Carl Price / No. 532

“Qualifying 1 getting red flagged set me back a little bit, as I usually build up my pace as a qualifying session goes on. I really wish I’d started farther up the grid, because I truly love riding in the rain. I had a little bit of a technical issues due to rider error yesterday, but I was feeling great today. I was reeling in the riders in front of me on the last laps but crashed at the Museum corner. I got back up and was able to finish 11th, but I really wanted that seventh place finish. These bikes do amazing in the rain, and the Aprilia RS 660 is a great racing platform.”

Robem Engineering’s technical partners for 2021 include Aprilia Racing, Piaggio Group Americas, The Center for Plastic Surgery, Velocity Calibrations, Bitubo Suspension, Dunlop, Woodcraft Technologies, Dymag, Vesrah, DNA Filters, Magura USA, Sara Chappell Photos, NGK/NTK, Blud Lubricants, Millennium Technologies Suter Racing and SC-Project.

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Travis Wyman battles through engine issues to secure top five finishes in Stock 1000, Superbike Cup at MotoAmerica Superbikes at New Jersey

Motul-sponsored BMW rider ready to finish strong at season finale next weekend at Barber Motorsports Park

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Sept. 13, 2021

MILLVILLE, N.J. — The Motul Travis Wyman Racing BMW team realized in the first on-track session of this past weekend’s MotoAmerica Superbikes at New Jersey that it had a technical problem with its motorcycle that couldn’t be fixed at the track, and team owner Travis Wyman still found a way to score top-five finishes in Stock 1000 and Superbike Cup on Saturday at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Though the issue grew worse as Wyman raced in weekend’s lone Stock 1000 race and three Superbike contests at the Sept. 10-12 event, the Las Vegas resident wrung every ounce of performance he could out of his BMW S 1000 RR – and managed to keep himself in contention for second place in the Stock 1000 Class standings and still in the hunt for the Superbike Cup title.

It was a positive start to the event for Wyman, who was the fourth-fastest rider in Friday’s Stock 1000 practice session. Wyman’s pace improved later that day in Qualifying 1, but not to the same degree as some other riders in the class. He laid down a lap time 0.2 seconds faster than his best practice time but finished the session sixth fastest. Wyman ended up qualifying eighth when Stock 1000 Qualifying 2 concluded Saturday morning.

Saturday also featured the event’s Stock 1000 race and one Superbike race. In the Stock 1000 contest, Wyman got a good start and was running in sixth place by the time the field entered Turn 1. After falling to seventh by the end of Lap 1, Wyman made up two positions before the end of the race and scored his eighth Stock 1000 top-five finish of the season. Later Saturday, Wyman started the day’s Superbike race in 17th place. Thanks to some attrition farther up the running order and a late race move to get by another Superbike Cup rider, Wyman finished the race in 15th place overall and fifth among the Cup riders.

The second Superbike race took place Sunday morning, and Wyman got the most he could out of his ailing motorcycle and finished four positions higher than he started. From 16th on the grid, Wyman dropped as low as 17th in the running order on Laps 2-4 but — with several riders dropping out of the race – Wyman managed to secure a 12th-place finish. In the third and final Superbike race of the weekend, Wyman got off the line well, but the problem of getting good drive off of corners had grown much worse. Starting from 13th on the grid, Wyman struggled to maintain pace and gradually tumbled down the running order. He finished Lap 1 in 14th place, Lap 2 in 15th and Lap 3 in 17th. Wyman would lose another position on Lap 6 but finished the race in 18th.

After racing had concluded, the Motul Travis Wyman Racing BMW team swapped a fresh engine into its BMW S 1000 RR. It will have a couple days at its East Coast shop near Rochester, N.Y. to get the engine broken in and ready to go for the 2021 MotoAmerica season finale, which takes place Sept. 17-19 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.

Travis Wyman / No. 10
“This was a frustrating weekend to say the least, but I’m happy we got the best results we could have asked for given the circumstances. I have to thank my team for doing everything within their power to keep our BMW S 1000 RR running as strong as it could for as long as it did. I also have to thank Motul for coming onboard as title sponsor for these final two rounds, and the rest of the team and I are determined to give them a good showing at Barber next weekend. We have a fresh engine that will be ready to go there, and I did really well in qualifying last year at Barber on this same BMW S 1000 RR.”

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Marcon recovers from crash Saturday to win Twins Cup race Sunday at MotoAmerica Superbikes at New Jersey

Robem Engineering Aprilia rider first non-American to win Twins Cup race, joined on podium by teammate Toth

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Sept. 13, 2021

MILLVILLE, N.J. — There has been much fanfare about Aprilia test rider Tomasso Marcon making his MotoAmerica debut at this weekend’s MotoAmerica Superbikes at New Jersey round, and the Italian didn’t disappoint the fans gathered at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sunday. After suffering a crash in Saturday’s Twins Cup race, Marcon rode his Robem Engineering Aprilia RS 660 to a thrilling, hard-fought win in Sunday’s Twins Cup contest.

Robem Engineering Aprilia rider Tomasso Marcon stands on the top step of the MotoAmerica podium at New Jersey Motorsports Park Sunday after claiming his first career MotoAmerica victory.
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Marcon is the first non-American rider to win a MotoAmerica Twins Cup race, and he sealed the victory with a last-lap, last-corner draft that allowed him to claim the win by 0.049 seconds. Marcon was joined on the podium by his teammate Max Toth – who scored his second third-place finish of the weekend.

The team’s third rider, Kaleb De Keyrel — who clinched the 2021 Twins Cup title Saturday — was running in the leading pack of five Aprilia RS 660s until his motorcycle suffered a technical problem on Lap 11 of the 14-lap race.

After his motorcycle experienced some technical problems during the morning warm-up session, Marcon got a good start in Sunday’s race and led the 23-bike field through the first corner. De Keyrel finished the first lap in fifth place before dropping to sixth on Lap 2. As Marcon was battling with two other riders to maintain the race lead, De Keyrel and Toth gradually began working their way up the running order. Toth advanced one position or more per lap on Laps 3-5, and Toth and De Keyrel were both running in the top five at the end of Lap 5.

All three riders were part of a group of five Aprilia riders who gradually broke away from the rest of the field. The group was reduced to four riders when De Keyrel dropped out of the race, and Marcon lost and regained the lead several times in the race’s closing laps. Marcon was running in second place heading into the last corner of the last lap and got a great drive and draft to edge out another rider for the win.

Next up on the Robem Engineering team’s schedule is final round of the 2021 MotoAmerica season, which is slated to take place Sept. 17-19 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.

Max Toth (middle) celebrates his second MotoAmerica Twins Cup podium finish of the weekend Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Photo credit: Sara Chappell Photos

Tomasso Marcon / No. 70

“In the warm-up, we had quite a big problem. The team did a really good job with fixing it, but we started the race with a lot of unknowns. We weren’t sure if the bike was good after the crash yesterday and the issue we had this morning. But, in the end, the bike was good to go. The guys are very fast here, and I’m loving my time in the United States and in MotoAmerica. Now, we need to stay focused for Barber. I’ve never raced there, just like I’d never raced here. Our target there is to win, and we will do everything we can to accomplish that.”

Max Toth / No. 58

“Today has been going really, really well since morning warm-up. We made a few changes that allowed me to dial in the third sector, which is where I’d been losing most of my time this weekend. The race didn’t get off to a good start for me, as I was still shifting into gear when the lights went out. It took me an extra second to get going, and I had to push really hard for the first part of the race. I started picking riders off one-by-one and was trying to go for the win. I’m so happy with the result today and even happier that we got two podiums this weekend. I’ve never been to Barber, but I’ve seen video of it and it looks like a tough and a simple track at the same time. There’s no pressure going into these rounds though, and I think that really helps.”

Kaleb De Keyrel / No. 51

“I had a great race going and was in the lead group battling at the front. I was saving my tires to make a push for the win at the end when the bike just shut off on me. We’re not entirely sure what happened. But we’ll figure it out, and I’m looking forward to Barber. I set the lap record there last year and will be ready to win again there.”

Marco D’Acunzo / CMO, Piaggio Group Americas

“This year has been amazing. Winning the MotoAmerica Twins Cup in our first year is impressive. We started the season aiming to get a win this year — we realized we had a new bike with a new team — and Matt and the entire Robem Engineering team did a fantastic job. I want to thank Matt Spicer, Carl Price and the rest of the team for their hard work, and the riders did an amazing job this year. We are so satisfied to see so many Aprilias out on track and doing well, and we want to keep pushing. This has been a great achievement for everybody, and we will have more good news coming in the future.”

Matt Spicer / Robem Engineering Founder

“Our first year working with Aprilia and the Piaggio Group Americas has proven to be a resounding success, and I and Carl can’t thank them enough for their unwavering support this year. We’re delighted with seeing Kaleb win the championship this weekend aboard the RS 660 in the first year it’s eligible to compete in Twins Cup, and we couldn’t have done it with the wholehearted support from Aprilia and our many other technical partners.”


Robem Engineering’s technical partners for 2021 include Aprilia Racing, Piaggio Group Americas, The Center for Plastic Surgery, Velocity Calibrations, Bitubo Suspension, Dunlop, Woodcraft Technologies, Dymag, Vesrah, DNA Filters, Magura USA, Sara Chappell Photos, NGK/NTK, Blud Lubricants, Millennium Technologies, Suter Racing and SC-Project.

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De Keyrel crowned 2021 MotoAmerica Twins Cup Champion Saturday at New Jersey Motorsports Park

Robem Engineering Aprilia rider cliches first MotoAmerica class title, puts Italian marque on top in its first year competing in Twins Cup

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Sept. 12, 2021

MILLVILLE, N.J. — Kaleb De Keyrel was on the verge of clinching his first MotoAmerica No. 1 plate at the start of this weekend’s MotoAmerica Superbikes at New Jersey, and the Aprilia rider wasted no time wrapping up the 2021 MotoAmerica Twins Cup title on Saturday at New Jersey Motorsports Park. The Minnesotan piloted his Aprilia RS 660 to a podium finish that also secured Aprilia’s first MotoAmerica crown in its maiden year competing in the Twins Cup.

The weekend also marked the MotoAmerica debut of Aprilia test rider Tommaso Marcon aboard a Robem Engineering Aprilia RS 660, and 15-year-old Max Toth returned for the New Jersey round after making his debut with the team at Pittsburgh International Race Complex last month. Saturday saw Marcon claim the Twins Cup pole in his first time racing on NJMP’s 2.25-mile Thunderbolt circuit and Toth score his first Twins Cup podium.

De Keyrel started the weekend with a 53-point lead over second place in the Twins Cup standings and needed to finish Saturday’s race with at least a 50-point advantage to secure the championship. Marcon and De Keyrel took part in a test day at NJMP of Sept. 3, which helped the team develop good setups for its Aprilias — something that has been a struggle with campaigning a newly-homologated-for-2021 motorcycle this year.

All three of the team’s riders were near the top of the time sheets in Friday Twins Cup practice. Marcon led the team’s efforts when he posted the second-fastest time of the session. Toth finished the session third fastest and De Keyrel was fifth fastest. Later Friday, all three riders finished in the top five in the weekend’s first qualifying session. Marcon was again the second fastest rider, and his best lap time was within 0.2 seconds of the session leader and two seconds faster than his best practice time. De Keyrel finished the session in third, and Toth was fifth.

Tomasso Marcon (No. 70). Photo by Sara Chappell Photos

Qualifying concluded early Saturday afternoon with Marcon having claimed pole position and De Keyrel having secured third on the starting grid. Toth finished qualifying in seventh place.

The first of two Twins Cup races slated for the event got underway late Saturday afternoon with Marcon getting the holeshot and De Keyrel holding onto third place into Turn 1. De Keyrel fell as far back as fifth place on Laps 2-4 with his chief championship rival ahead of him in the running order. Marcon was battling for the lead on Laps 4 and 5 with another rider, but lost grip with the rear tire and unfortunately crashed as he exited Turn 1 on Lap 6. With Marcon dropping out of the race, De Keyrel moved up to third place and into a position to win the title after his championship rival dropped to ninth place on Lap 5.

Max Toth (No. 58). Photo by Sara Chappell Photos

Another front runner dropped out of the race on Lap 6, leaving De Keyrel and Toth in a three-way battle for the race lead. Though the championship was on the line, De Keyrel and Toth put on a great show of close racing – swapping positions twice– and brought their RS 660s home in second and third place, respectively. De Keyrel’s runner-up finish was enough for him to clinch the 2021 Twins Cup title, having secured an unassailable 62-point advantage in the standings.

All three Robem Engineering riders will be back in action Sunday for the second and final Twins Cup race of the weekend. The race is scheduled to start at 4:10 p.m. and is to be broadcast on Facebook Live.

Photo by Sara Chappell Photos

Kaleb De Keyrel (No. 51)

“My Robem Engineering Aprilia RS 660 felt really good from the start of the weekend. We made very minor changes from the setup we were running at the test day, but I knew I had some things to work on to find a little more time. It was a crazy race today, especially with the title on the line. I was on the fence about whether I should push hard to get the win or play it safe. There was a lot of craziness going on, but I’m a racer and I really wanted to go for the win. And we almost had it. I’ll do my debrief with the team tonight and will see if we can come out swinging tomorrow. Winning this championship feels amazing. I’ve been working hard at the go-kart track and my girlfriend, Marissa, has been working extremely hard behind the scenes with my training. It’s just incredible to finally get the No. 1 plate this season. It’s really tough to put together a good, full season of racing, regardless of what class you’re in. A national championship is a life-long ambition of mine, and it’s
humbling to have won it.”

Kaleb De Keyrel poses with his MotoAmerica Twins Cup AMA National No. 1 plate. Photo by Sara Chappell Photos

Tommaso Marcon (No. 70)

“I’m starting to get used to American race tracks, and yesterday we had a couple issues with the bike during qualifying and couldn’t finish the session. This morning in Qualifying 2, we made pole position, which was very good. In the race, I had a good rhythm going and my plan was to get away from the field. However, I crashed on Lap 6 after touching the paint with a little too much lean angle. I was pushing very hard, but the guys behind me were catching up to me with the slip stream. Tomorrow is another race, and we will focus on continuing to improve tomorrow.”

Max Toth (No. 58)

“Yesterday, we had a lot of work to do after missing the test day. We had to make sure we had the bike dialed in from the first session, and I think we did a good job with that — and it showed in our race result. This is a big step for us from my first round at Pittsburgh, where we had trouble getting a clean lap in practice and qualifying. I was pretty confident in the bike from the first session all the way through the race.”

Robem Engineering’s technical partners for 2021 include Aprilia Racing, Piaggio Group Americas, The Center for Plastic Surgery, Velocity Calibrations, Bitubo Suspension, Dunlop, Woodcraft Technologies, Dymag, Vesrah, DNA Filters, Magura USA, Sara Chappell Photos, NGK/NTK, Blud Lubricants, Millennium Technologies, Suter Racing and SC-Project.

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Header photo: Kaleb De Keyrel (No. 51) clinched the 2021 MotoAmerica Twins Cup title Saturday at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Photo by Sara Chappell Photos

Marcon to race for Robem Engineering at final two rounds of 2021 MotoAmerica season

Italian rider to make MotoAmerica Twins Cup debut at New Jersey Motorsports Park round in September

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Aug. 27, 2021

Robem Engineering will have an Aprilia RS 660 development rider at the helm of one of its bikes for the remainder of the MotoAmerica season, as Tommaso Marcon is set to join the team for the upcoming MotoAmerica rounds on Sept. 10-12 at New Jersey Motorsports Park and Sept. 17-19 at Barber Motorsports Park.

The Italian brings a wealth of knowledge from his years competing in several prominent European and international road racing championships that will help the team continue the development of its Aprilia RS 660 package.

“We’re very excited at the opportunity to be working with Tommaso for the final two rounds of MotoAmerica,” Robem Engineering team owner Matthew Spicer said. “As a team, it will be interesting to get Tommaso’s feedback from racing one of our RS 660s at New Jersey and Barber. We are also grateful to Aprilia for helping facilitate Tommaso joining the team for the next two rounds of the championship. We’ve seen how competitive the RS 660 has been already up till this point in the season, and we believe others will also see the Aprilia platform to be on in MotoAmerica Twins Cup in 2022.”

Born in Cittadella, Italy, in 1999, Marcon’s experience includes racing with the Red Bull KTM Tech3 team in the FIM MotoE Championship, as well as stints racing in the CIV Moto3 and Moto2 European championships. Marcon also has several FIM Moto2 World Championship races under his belt and became the development rider for the Aprilia RS 660 in 2020.

Tommaso Marcon. Courtesy of Piaggio Group Americas

“I’m really excited about this new opportunity,” Marcon said. “The new RS 660 has already reached a very good level in MotoAmerica, despite being a newcomer in the field, and we’ll use the next races to continue developing the project. I want to thank Robem Engineering, Aprilia Racing, and Piaggio Group Americas for the opportunity to compete in one of the best championships for factory derivatives.”

The Robem Engineering team found immediate success when it switched to the newly-homologated-for-2021 Aprilia RS 660 for this season. Rider Kaleb De Keyrel won his first race with the team in the Aprilia RS 660’s first MotoAmerica race – which also featured an all-Aprilia podium – and the team has recorded four wins and nine podium finishes this season. De Keyrel currently leads the MotoAmerica Twins Cup points standings by 53 points with three races remaining and is in an excellent position to clinch Aprilia’s first MotoAmerica title.

MotoAmerica Twins Cup races are broadcast live on MotoAmerica’s proprietary streaming, MotoAmerica Live+, and are often live-streamed on Facebook Live.

To learn more about MotoAmerica Live+ and make sure you can tune in for Marcon’s MotoAmerica debut, visit http://www.motoamericaliveplus.com.

Robem Engineering’s technical partners for 2021 include Aprilia Racing, Piaggio Group Americas, The Center for Plastic Surgery, Velocity Calibrations, Bitubo Suspension, Dunlop, Woodcraft Technologies, Dymag, Vesrah, DNA Filters, Magura USA, Sara Chappell Photos, NGK/NTK, Blud Lubricants, Millennium Technologies, Suter Racing and SC-Project.

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Header photo courtesy of Piaggio Group Americas

Travis Wyman Racing announces Motul as title sponsor for remainder of 2021 MotoAmerica season

International lubricants brand ups support for BMW team for rounds in New Jersey, Alabama in September

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Aug. 24, 2021

LAS VEGAS — The Travis Wyman Racing BMW S 1000 RR will be back in its red and black livery for the rest of the 2021 MotoAmerica season, as Motul has renewed its title sponsorship of the team for the rounds at New Jersey Motorsports Park Sept. 10-12 and Barber Motorsports Park Sept. 17-19.

The French lubricant and cleaning products manufacturer has been one of the Las Vegas resident’s sponsors since his team’s inaugural season in 2018 and was the title sponsor at the Laguna Seca round in July — an event that saw Wyman score a hard-fought Stock 1000 victory by a mere 0.032 seconds.

“Motul will forever be part of one of the most memorable moments of my racing career,” Wyman said. “I’m hoping to make even better racing memories — and hopefully lay claim to a MotoAmerica No. 1 plate — in Motul colors at the next two rounds. This is my team’s first title sponsorship deal for back-to-back rounds, and I’m looking forward to continuing to grow my team’s marketing partnership with Motul in the future.”

Founded in 1853, Motul has been at the forefront of the lubricants industry for more than a century. In addition to two-wheeled motor sports, the company also manufactures a wide range of products for automotive, marine, construction, commercial and agricultural applications. Among the company’s achievements are the development of the first semi-synthetic motor oil in the 1960s and the first fully synthetic motor oil in 1971.

“We’re excited to continue building momentum after the huge victory for Travis and Motul at Laguna Seca,” Motul Powersports Director Casey Thomas said. “The Travis Wyman Racing BMW S 1000 RR looks perfect in red, and we can’t wait to see it charging through the pack towards another podium finish.”

The Travis Wyman Racing team also will have new Motul-themed team T-shirts for sale beginning at the New Jersey Motorsports Park round.

After his Stock 1000 podium finish and spectacular save at MotoAmerica’s Superbikes at Pittsburgh round, Wyman remains in contention for the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 and Superbike Cup titles. In the Stock 1000 standings, Wyman is third in the class standings and one of four riders still mathematically eligible to clinch that title. Wyman is second in the Superbike Cup points and is just 35 points behind the class leader with six races to go this season.

Wyman will line up on the starting grid with his Motul-themed livery and leathers four times at each of the two remaining rounds – which are set to feature three Superbike Class races each.

To learn how to tune in and watch Wyman continue his quest for two MotoAmerica class titles, visit www.motoamerica.com or www.motoamericaliveplus.com.

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Header photo credit: Brian J. Nelson

Toth scores sixth-place finish in Robem Engineering debut Saturday in MotoAmerica Twins Cup race at Pittsburgh International Race Complex

De Keyrel recovers from off-track excursion to score top-10 finish, maintains championship points lead

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Aug. 15, 2021

WAMPUM, Pa. — It wasn’t the weekend the Robem Engineering team had hoped for in its first time racing the Aprilia RS 660 at Pittsburgh International Race Complex. Yet, Saturday’s Twins Cup race featured the team’s newest rider have a promising debut and its championship-leading rider recovering from an early setback to maintain his lead in the points standings.

Though he wasn’t able to pad his championship lead with one of his usual podium finishes, rider Kaleb De Keyrel finished the MotoAmerica Superbikes at Pittsburgh round with a 53-point advantage– the same margin he’d started the event with. And the team’s newest rider, Max Toth, of Belmont, Calif., finished sixth in his first time racing on the 2.78-mile Pitt Race circuit.

The team had a slower-than-usual start to the weekend. De Keyrel and Toby Khamsouk finished Friday morning practice in eighth and ninth place, respectively, and Toth and Carl Price were 14th and 18th. Later Friday, De Keyrel finished Qualifying 1 as the eighth-fastest rider. Khamsouk was 10th fastest, Toth was 17th and Price 24th. The second and final qualifying session of the weekend on Saturday morning ended with De Keyrel having secured 6th, Toth 10th, Khamsouk 12th and Price 22nd on the starting grid for the lone Twins Cup race of the weekend.

Kaleb De Keyrel (No. 51). Photo credit: Sara Chappell Photos

Saturday afternoon’s race saw De Keyrel get a good start but drop to seventh in the running order for the first three laps. In his first race aboard an Aprilia RS 660, Toth struggled a little in the early part of the race – falling from 10th to 12th by Lap 2. Khamsouk and Price had good starts to the race, as Khamsouk advanced to eighth and Price moved up from 22nd to 20th on the first lap.

De Keyrel was running in seventh place on Lap 4 when he ran off track and rejoined the race in 17th place. Having fallen out of the points-paying positions, De Keyrel rallied to make up as many positions as he could. He moved up two positions before the end of Lap 4 and was running in 14th at the end of Lap 5, 13th on Lap 6 and 12th on Lap 7. De Keyrel made up one more position before the conclusion of the race to cross the finish line in 11th.

Toby Khamsouk (No. 27). Photo credit: Sara Chappell Photos

Newcomer Toth led the team’s effort in the race, moving up three places in the last three laps of the 11-lap race to cross the line in seventh. One of the riders he passed was his teammate Khamsouk, who crossed the finish line in ninth to score his ninth top-10 finish of the season. Price’s pace improved as the race progressed, and he crossed the line in 18th — four places ahead of where he’d started.

A post-race disqualification of another Twins Cup rider moved all four of the Robem Enginnering riders up one place in the results. Toth was re-classified in sixth place, Khamsouk in eighth, De Keyrel in 10th and Price in 17th.

Carl Price (No. 532). Photo credit: Sara Chappell Photos

Next up on the Robem Engineering schedule is the penultimate round of the 2021 MotoAmerica season, which takes place Sept. 10-12 on the 2.25-mile Thunderbolt circuit at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J.

Kaleb De Keyrel / No. 51

“Unfortunately, we had a technical problem on Lap 4 that caused me to run off-track. I got the problem sorted enough to continue racing and get as many points as I could. Obviously, the championship is on the line here, so every couple points really helps. I made the best of it and rode as good as I could. I’m looking forward to having things sorted out for New Jersey and getting back on the podium there. I think setup is going to be huge there, as it’s a very technical track with several left-right corner combinations.”

Max Toth / No. 58

“It was a really tough weekend with a lot of ups and downs. We had technical problems for the first two sessions that set us back a bit. I didn’t finish where I wanted to, but we made some big improvements from where we started. It’s going to be an all-new experience racing at New Jersey and Barber – just like it was here – but I think we can go into the next round with a lot more confidence.”

Toby Khamsouk / No. 27

“We started the weekend OK in Friday practice, but we spent a lot of the weekend trying some things with the rear of the bike to get me more comfortable. We made a change in the race, and it was a step in the right direction. We still have some things to figure out, but the whole team is working very hard on it. I’m looking forward to the next round. New Jersey Motorsports Park is a fun track.”

Carl Price / No. 532

“It was a great weekend and it was so much fun to be back out racing a motorcycle. The Robem Engineering team put in a Herculean effort to get this Aprilia RS 660 together for me. I can’t say enough good things about the Aprilia, and I did my fastest lap of the race on the last lap. I won’t be back on the bike at New Jersey, but I’m hoping to race the last round of the season at Barber.”
Robem Engineering’s technical partners for 2021 include Aprilia Racing, Piaggio Group Americas, The Center for Plastic Surgery, Velocity Calibrations, Bitubo Suspension, Dunlop, Woodcraft Technologies, Dymag, Vesrah, DNA Filters, Magura USA, Sara Chappell Photos, NGK/NTK, Blud Lubricants, Millennium Technologies and SC-Project.

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Header photo credit: Sara Chappell Photos