Stock 1000 competitor Jeremy Cook reinjures right collarbone, will miss inaugural MotoAmerica Superbikes at Minnesota

Maryland rider struggled through motorcycle problems, physical ailments last weekend at MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey

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July 17, 2021

After enduring one challenge after another at last weekend’s MotoAmerica round at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, BMW rider Jeremy Cook got more bad news from his doctors on Wednesday. The Marylander and MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Class competitor found out that the screws in his surgically repaired right collarbone had come loose, which requires a second surgery to repair and rules him out of competing at the next MotoAmerica round.

Cook broke his right collarbone – among a slew of physical injuries – in a crash on the opening lap of the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 race at Road America on June 13. Though he returned to the Stock 1000 grid at the MotoAmerica Superbikes at the Ridge round on June 25-27, Cook’s collarbone could not withstand the strain that racing a 1000cc sportbike at Laguna Seca placed on it.

Cook’s injuries and unbeknownst problems with his BMW S 1000 RR kept him from showing his usual racing form at the July 9-11 MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey. It was Cook’s first time competing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and his only experience riding the 2.2-mile circuit was a California Superbike School event in 2016. The team continued its partnership with the nonprofit Veterans Empowered Through Motorsports at the Laguna Seca round, as two active duty Marines from nearby Camp Pendleton served as volunteer members of the team.

Cook ended the Stock 1000 Class’ only practice session of the weekend in 21st with a best lap time of 1:34.834. The team made a few changes to its setup for Friday’s Qualifying 1, and Cook ended that session 21st fastest as well with a 1:33.714. Cook felt a pop in his right arm during Q1 and had weakness in his right arm later in the day.

On Saturday, Cook’s BMW suffered an equipment failure after just three laps. His time from Friday qualifying allowed him to qualify 34th for Sunday’s Stock 1000 race. It was a challenge for Cook to just be on track for qualifying, as he had to be re-cleared by the MotoAmerica medical staff before he could participate in the Saturday session. The team later deduced that its BMW had stopped running due to a failed ECU and was able to source a new ECU from another BMW team. Cook and his team got the bike running again less than an hour before the Sunday Stock 1000 race.

Cook’s physical ailments and then-unknown damage to the bike curtailed his pace during the race. He began to lose strength in his right arm and began experiencing arm pump about halfway through the race, and a crack in the subframe and brake fade reduced Cook’s pace even more in the race’s latter stages. Cook had to settle for a 27th-place finish. After the race, the team discovered that its triple clamps were severely damaged, which had been causing Cook’s BMW to experience instability under braking.

Cook hopes that his injuries will be healed enough for him to compete at MotoAmerica’s round at Pittsburgh International Race Complex on Aug. 13-15. The team also is evaluating the situation with its current BMW S 1000 RR and is considering running a BMW M 1000 RR at the remainder of MotoAmerica rounds Cook competes in this year.

Jeremy Cook / No. 81
“It was an incredibly frustrating weekend at Laguna Seca with the physical and mechanical setbacks we endured. Though I didn’t have a lot of experience riding at Laguna Seca, I was hoping for a repeat of what the team and I did at The Ridge or better. Unfortunately, my BMW and I were still on the mend. I was really looking forward to competing at Brainerd International Raceway, but right now I need to stay focused on doing everything I can to get healthy again and minimize the number of rounds I miss this year. The team’s plan had been to use 2021 as a testing and development year with our BMW S 1000 RR package before upgrading to a M 1000 RR for the 2022 season. With all the gremlins we’ve been running into with our S 1000 RR since my big crash at Road America, now may be the right time to get in the saddle of a M 1000 RR a little early and get some races under our belt with it.”

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Travis Wyman captures hard-earned Stock 1000 victory, increases lead in Superbike Cup standings at MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest of Monterey

Motul-sponsored BMW rider also scores top finish among Superbike Cup riders Sunday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

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July 12, 2021

MONTEREY, Calif. — Travis Wyman struggled through practice and qualifying on Friday and Saturday at the MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey, but the Motul Travis Wyman Racing BMW rider had perhaps the best day of his pro racing career Sunday. The Las Vegas resident scored a hard-earned win in Sunday’s Stock 1000 race, was the top-finishing Superbike Cup rider later Sunday and bolstered his chances of securing two MotoAmerica titles.

Wyman increased his lead in the Superbike Cup title chase to 17 points and moved up from fourth to third in the Stock 1000 points while sporting a Motul-themed livery on his 2020 BMW S 1000 RR. He also advanced from ninth to eighth in the overall Superbike Class standings.

Travis Wyman (No. 10) racing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca at the 2021 MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey. Photo credit: Brian J. Nelson

Like at the previous round, Wyman and the other top five riders in the Superbike Cup points practiced and qualified with the Superbike Class. Wyman finished Friday practice and both qualifying sessions in 13th, which was enough to secure sixth on the Stock 1000 starting grid and 16th on the Superbike Race 1 grid.

Wyman’s only race on Saturday was the Superbike contest. After failing to advance from 16th position before the race was red-flagged on Lap 3, Wyman got a good start and gradually worked his way to a 10th-place finish. He also nabbed the second-best finish among the Superbike Cup riders and missed out on top Superbike Cup honors by 0.284 seconds. Wyman’s better pace on Saturday was thanks to his crew chief, Steve Weir, giving Wyman a completely different suspension and geometry setup for the Superbike race.

Travis Wyman (No. 10) made a charge through the top five in the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on July 11 to claim his second win of the 2021 season. Photo credit: Brian J. Nelson

The team didn’t make any changes to its BMW’s setup for Sunday’s races, and Wyman’s new-found comfort piloting his BMW helped him come out on top in the weekend’s only Stock 1000 race. Starting from sixth, Wyman had a big wheelie off the line and was running in eighth at the end of Lap 1. The BMW rider began working his way up the running order on Lap 6 of the 14-lap race. By Lap 8, Wyman has moved up to third place, and he made his move to second place on Lap 11. The only lap Wyman led was the last lap, where he got by the race leader as they exited the last corner of the last lap and took the victory by a mere 0.032 seconds.

About two hours after finishing fourth in his second race as a factory Harley-Davidson rider in the third and final King of the Baggers race of 2021, Wyman found more success in the Sunday Superbike race. Thanks to his top-10 finish in Saturday’s Superbike race, Wyman started the Sunday Superbike contest 10th on the grid. Wyman fell back to 12th on the opening lap but worked his way past three other Superbike Cup riders in the remaining 19 laps to claim a ninth-place finish. He was the highest-finishing Superbike Cup rider — his third time achieving that feat this year. It also was his sixth top-10 Superbike finish of the season.

The finish of the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 race on July 11 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Travis Wyman (No. 10) took the win by 0.032 seconds. Photo credit: Brian J. Nelson

Next up on the Travis Wyman Racing BMW calendar is MotoAmerica’s first visit to Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn., on July 30-Aug. 1.

Travis Wyman / No. 10
“This was an incredible weekend for my team and my road racing career. My goal for this weekend was to get on the podium in Stock 1000 and try to get two good finishes in Superbike. We started the weekend off the pace, but Steve [Weir] turned our weekend around by going with a radically different setup after qualifying on Saturday. It was a total gamble, but it paid off big when we needed it most. To get such a dramatic and hard-fought win in the Stock 1000 race was exhilarating, especially at a track that I’d never finished on the podium at before. This was one of the best weekends of my pro racing career, and I’m so happy to have accomplished so much at my title sponsor’s home race. It was great sporting Motul’s logo on the top step of a MotoAmerica podium, and I can’t thank them enough for increasing their support for my team this weekend.”

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Robem Engineering rider De Keyrel scores third win of 2021 season, extends championship lead Saturday at MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey

Khamsouk’s fifth place gives team two top five finishes in Twins Cup race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

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July 11, 2021

MONTEREY, Calif. — Robem Engineering rider Kaleb De Keyrel is no stranger to winning at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, but Saturday marked his first victory at the iconic California track aboard an Aprilia.

It was De Keyrel’s third victory in this year’s MotoAmerica Twins Cup, and the runner-up in the 2020 Twins Cup was at the head of the second all-Aprilia podium of the 2021 season.

Another Robem Engineering rider, Toby Khamsouk, scored a fifth place, giving the team two top-five finishes in the event’s only Twins Cup race. The team’s third rider, Hayden Schultz, led the team’s qualifying effort but had to settle for a seventh-place finish after suffering a near crash on Lap 2.

The victory allowed De Keyrel to increase his lead in the Twins Cup points standings. The Minnesotan now holds a 15-point margin over the rest of the field, and Schultz and Khamsouk are now fifth and seventh in the standings, respectively.

Hayden Schultz (No. 49). Photo credit: Sara Chappell Photos

The team got a slower-than-usual start to the weekend in its first time campaigning its Aprilia RS 660s on the same 2.2-mile circuit the stars of FIM MotoGP and the Superbike World Championship have raced on in years past. In Friday’s practice session, Khamsouk was the fastest of the team’s three riders. The Californian ended the session fifth fastest at his home track, with Schultz finishing the session in sixth and De Keyrel in seventh. The team’s pace improved later that day when Khamsouk posted the second-best time of Friday qualifying. De Keyrel ended the session in third — about 0.15 seconds off Khamsouk’s pace — and Schultz finished the session in seventh.

Qualifying wrapped up on Saturday morning with Schultz claiming third on the starting grid – rounding out an all-Aprilia front row. De Keyrel and Khamsouk weren’t far behind Schultz as they claimed the fifth and sixth spots on the grid, respectively.

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

When racing got underway Saturday afternoon, De Keyrel got a great start and was in second place as the field made its way through Turn 2 for the first time. Schultz wasn’t far behind De Keyrel in fourth place, and Khamsouk finished the opening lap of the 13-lap race in seventh. Schultz briefly ran behind De Keyrel in second before nearly crashing as he entered Turn 2. After running off track, Schultz rejoined the race in eighth place. De Keyrel was part of race-long battle for the lead with two other riders while Khamsouk was running in the top five by the end of Lap 2. Though he fell out of the lead twice, De Keyrel led the field for most of the race and claimed the win by 0.217 seconds. Khamsouk scored his third top five of the 2021 season, and Schultz salvaged a seventh-place finish.

Next up on the 2021 Twins Cup schedule is MotoAmerica’s first event at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn., on July 30-Aug. 1.

Kaleb De Keyrel / No. 51
“Overall, it was an awesome weekend at Laguna Seca. Everyone was really close in terms of lap times in qualifying, and I got bumped down from third to fifth on the last lap of qualifying. I knew that it wouldn’t be easy starting a little ways back from where I usually have this year. I made some quick passes almost right away and later made a pass for the lead within the first couple laps. I found a comfortable pace out front and was able to stay calm and hit my marks. My Aprilia RS 660 was working awesome, and I was able to stay focused on being smooth. I got passed a couple times, but was able to pass right back. I made a bit of a sketchy pass around some lappers on the last lap, but made it to the end of the race and took the checkered flag. It was an awesome race for me. Coming from fifth to a win was epic.”

Hayden Schultz / No. 49
“We made progress all throughout the weekend, and I’m really happy with where we ended this weekend compared to where we started it. I give credit to the entire team for giving me a bike that was capable of winning. The race started out pretty well for me. On Lap 1, I was running in second right behind Kaleb. But, I made an error that pushed me all the way back to eighth place. I tried to fight my way back up the running order, but had to settle for seventh. I don’t think the result showed where we should have been today. We had the pace to be on the podium, and, if I had not made that mistake, I think we would’ve had our best shot at getting a win this year. You live and learn, and I’ll try to use this experience to improve at the next round.”

Toby Khamsouk / No. 27
“We learned a lot about our Aprilia RS 660 this weekend that I think will help me run closer to the front. I’m looking forward to the next round at Brainerd, and I think I’ll be much closer to the battle for the race lead there.”

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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Motul serves as title sponsor of Travis Wyman Racing BMW for this weekend’s MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey

Full-line lubricant manufacturer increases support for July 9-11 MotoAmerica round at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

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July 7, 2021

LAS VEGAS — Travis Wyman Racing BMW is pleased to announce Motul — which began its marketing partnership with the team in 2018 — is the team’s title sponsor for this weekend’s MotoAmerica round at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

The French lubricant and cleaning products manufacturer has provided the Travis Wyman Racing team with a variety of its products since the team’s first season competing in MotoAmerica’s Stock 1000 Class. The Travis Wyman Racing BMW S 1000 RR will be sporting larger Motul logos on its fairing at the July 9-11 event in Monterey, Calif., which is the closest MotoAmerica round to Motul’s American corporate office in Cypress, Calif.

“Motul has helped the team keep our BMW looking great and running strong,” rider/team owner Travis Wyman said. “I’m happy to have my team’s partnership with Motul front and center this weekend at MotoAmerica’s only round the great motorcycling state of California.”

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.

The Laguna Seca round marks the halfway point of the 2021 MotoAmerica season, and Wyman is in contention for the Stock 1000 and Superbike Cup titles. Wyman leads the Superbike Cup standings by six points, is fourth in the Stock 1000 points and is ninth in the overall Superbike Class standings.

Wyman will race four times at the MotoAmerica Superbikes Speedfest at Monterey. On Saturday, Wyman is slated to compete in the weekend’s first Superbike race at 3 p.m. Pacific. On Sunday, Wyman will be on track at 11 a.m. Pacific for the event’s only Stock 1000 race, 12 p.m. Pacific for the King of the Baggers race and 2 p.m. Pacific for Superbike Race 2.

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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Wyman scores podium, remains atop Superbike Cup standings at conclusion of MotoAmerica Superbikes at the Ridge

BMW rider perseveres through bike troubles, 100-degree temperatures to remain in contention for two MotoAmerica titles at The Ridge Motorsports Park

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June 29, 2021

SHELTON, Wash. — There were plenty of setbacks for the Travis Wyman Racing BMW team at MotoAmerica’s Superbikes at the Ridge, yet the team found ways to overcome several technical problems and the brutally hot conditions to score a podium finish and remain atop the Superbike Cup standings.

The Las Vegas rider endured a rear tire problem and engine overheating issues with his BMW S 1000 RR on Saturday but finished the June 25-27 event at The Ridge Motorsports Park with a third place in Sunday’s Stock 1000 race and second-best finish among the Superbike Cup riders in Sunday’s Superbike race.

Wyman left The Ridge with a six-point lead in the MotoAmerica Superbike Cup points standings and is fourth in the battle for the Stock 1000 title.

Wyman and the other top four riders in the Superbike Cup practiced and qualified with the Superbike Class at The Ridge round. Wyman posted a best time of 1:44.120 in Superbike practice on Friday, which was the second-fastest time among the Superbike Cup riders and the 11th-best time when compared to the Superbike riders. Later Friday, Wyman finished the day’s qualifying session 10th with a time of 1:44.133.

Qualifying concluded Saturday morning with Wyman securing second on the weekend’s Stock 1000 starting grid with a lap time of 1:42.881.

The first of four races Wyman took part in — in searing 100 degree or higher temperatures — was Saturday’s Stock 1000 race. After getting a mediocre start, Wyman recovered to finish the first lap in fourth place. However, a problem with his rear tire affected his BMW’s handling and its ability to get good drive out of corners. After a near-highside as he exited the track’s last turn, Wyman dropped as low as eighth in the running order. He moved up one position on Lap 8 but had to settle for a seventh-place finish while running lap times about a second slower than the race leaders.

Travis Wyman poses on the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 podium with his third place trophy on Sunday at The Ridge Motorsports Park. Photo credit: Brian J. Nelson

In the Saturday Superbike race, Wyman’s fast pace was brought to a halt by a problem with his motorcycle’s cooling system. Starting from 12th, Wyman had worked his way up to ninth place in two laps but had to retire from the race on Lap 4 when water began spraying from his BMW’s catch can.

The team worked on ways to keep Wyman’s BMW running cooler Saturday night, and its efforts proved worthwhile Sunday. In the day’s Stock 1000 race, Wyman recovered from dropping to fifth place at the end of Lap 1 to scoring his third podium finish of the 2021 Stock 1000 season. Later Sunday, Wyman got a good start in the Superbike race and brought his BMW home in 11th place, the second-best finish among the Superbike Cup riders.

The Travis Wyman Racing BMW team has two weeks to freshen up the team’s BMW S 1000 RR before it heads to the next MotoAmerica round, which is slated for July 9-11 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.

Travis Wyman / No. 10
“It was a pretty frustrating weekend at The Ridge, but the good results I got on Sunday — especially the podium in Stock 1000 — made the struggle worthwhile. I’ve taught at racetracks around the world and can say the conditions were some of the hottest I’ve endured in my racing career. My crew chief, Steve Weir, and mechanic, Alex Torres, did an outstanding job this weekend, and we wouldn’t have found the success we did on Sunday without the hard work they put in Saturday night. I owe a big thank you to Steve Korol of Evol Technology LLC for being my team’s title sponsor for the Ridge, and it’s great to be nearing the halfway point of the season and still be in the mix for two class titles. There’s still a lot of racing left to go this year, and what we overcame here at the Ridge gives the team a lot of positive momentum heading into the next round at Laguna Seca.”

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Jeremy Cook Racing features team of U.S. Marines veterans days after Cook’s collarbone surgery for MotoAmerica Superbikes at the Ridge

BMW rider back on the Stock 1000 grid after suffering multiple injuries in crash at previous MotoAmerica round

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June 29, 2021

SHELTON, Wash. – As MotoAmerica veteran Jeremy Cook boarded a plane Thursday heading from his home city of Baltimore, Md., to Seattle, the BMW rider hoped his trip wouldn’t be in vain. Just two weeks after suffering multiple injuries in a crash at MotoAmerica’s Superbikes at Road America and days after having his shattered collarbone surgically repaired, Cook wasn’t sure if he’d be medically cleared to race at MotoAmerica’s round on June 25-27 at The Ridge Motorsports Park.

In the end, Cook was cleared to race and led his team of U.S. Marines veterans to two 16th-place finishes in the weekend’s MotoAmerica Stock 1000 races aboard his BMW S 1000 RR. Just making it to the end of each 13-lap race in brutally hot and humid conditions was a challenge for the ailing Cook, but the former Marine saw the mission through and hopes to be back to better form at the next MotoAmerica round in two weeks time.

It was Cook’s first time racing at The Ridge Motorsports Park. He took part in a track day event at the facility in May thanks to support from South Sound Motorcycles — a BMW dealership in Tacoma, Wash.

Cook sat out the test day on Thursday and both Stock 1000 Class on-track sessions on Friday. He finished Saturday morning’s qualifying session in 17th.

Though he was far from 100 percent healthy, Cook finished both of the weekend’s races higher in the running order than he started. Cook started 20nd on the grid for Saturday afternoon’s race, and attrition farther up the field and a late-race pass allowed Cook to finish in 16th — one position away from scoring a championship point. Cook also improved his pace around the 2.47-mile road course on Saturday, posting a best lap time of 1:49.513 in Race 1 compared to the 1:50.933 he laid down in qualifying.

The Jeremy Cook Racing team for MotoAmerica’s Superbikes at the Ridge round. From left: Jeremy Cook Racing coach Dakari Harris, rider/team owner Jeremy Cook, Don Williams. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Cook Racing

In Sunday’s Stock 1000 contest, Cook started from 21st but had moved up to 18th by the end of Lap 1 and 17th by the end of Lap 5. Cook again made a move late in the race to gain another position and claimed his second 16th-place finish of the weekend. He again improved his pace, lowering his best lap time of the weekend to a 1:48.593.

Cook’s team for the weekend included U.S. Marine veteran and Motorcycle Xcitement rider coach Dakari Harris and U.S. Marine veteran Don Williams – a participant in the Veterans Empowered through Motorsports program.

Cook has two weeks to heal up before he’s due back on the MotoAmerica grid. The next round takes place July 9-11 at the home of the famed “Corkscrew” turn, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.

Jeremy Cook / No. 81

“I wasn’t even sure if I could make it through both races with all the injuries I am dealing with right now, and just seeing the checkered flag in both races was like a small victory. I just took it one day at a time and tried to not push myself too hard, as we’re not even halfway through the season yet. I was really happy with how much my lap times improved from Saturday to Sunday, given that I’m eight days out from having had my collarbone pinned back together. It also was great to have a team of Marine vets helping me out this weekend, and it was a pleasure having Don join the team for this round thanks to Veterans Empowered through Motorsports. He did a great job and I’m looking forward to having more fellow Marine veterans be part of the team in the future. I think what the team and I accomplished this weekend shows what Marine vets are capable of!”

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De Keyrel scores two podium finishes at MotoAmerica Superbikes at the Ridge, maintains Twins Cup points lead

All three Robem Engineering riders secure top-five finishes in extremely hot conditions at The Ridge Motorsports Park

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June 27, 2021

SHELTON, Wash. – After putting in a dominant performance at Road America two weeks ago, Robem Engineering rider Kaleb De Keyrel did enough at MotoAmerica’s Superbikes at the Ridge round to stay atop the Twins Cup points standings. The Minnesotan persevered through brutally hot conditions at The Ridge Motorsports Park to score two podium finishes, which kept the Aprilia rider in the lead for the 2021 MotoAmerica Twins Cup title.

De Keyrel and both of his Robem Engineering teammates — Hayden Schultz and Toby Khamsouk — scored top-five finishes at the June 25-27 event aboard their Aprilia RS 660s, and Schultz and Khamsouk both moved up three places in the class standings. The results were hard-earned, as the riders and team had to contend with temperatures at or above 100 degrees for both races.

The team’s first on-track session on The Ridge’s recently repaved, 2.47-mile road course was Friday morning practice, which De Keyrel finished at the top of the time sheets. Schultz was the fifth-fastest rider in the session, and Khamsouk was eighth fastest. Twins Cup qualifying got underway later Friday, with De Keyrel finishing the qualifying session in second place, Schultz in sixth and Khamsouk in eighth.

Qualifying wrapped up Saturday morning with all three Robem Engineering riders having secured top-five places on the weekend’s starting grid. De Keyrel led the team’s qualifying effort, finishing third and securing a spot on the front row of the grid. His teammates were line-a-stern behind him, with Schultz nabbing fourth place and Khamsouk claiming fifth place.

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

In Saturday’s Twins Cup race, De Keyrel and Schultz both got good starts and were in the mix for a podium or better early in the race. Schultz unfortunately had slid down the running order to fifth place by the end of Lap 3, but De Keyrel briefly the lead of the race in the early laps before being passed by another rider. When the race leader crashed out on Lap 7, De Keyrel found himself leading the field again until the penultimate lap. He was passed by another rider at the track’s very tight and slow Turn 13 and did his best to get back into the lead, but had to settle for a hard-fought runner-up finish. Khamsouk crossed the finish line behind De Keyrel in fourth place, and Schultz’s fifth place made it three Robem Engineering riders in the top five.

Sunday’s race saw Robem Engineering riders score two more top-five finishes. All three riders got away well when the lights went out. Schultz showed strong pace early, finishing the first lap in third place. However, Schultz and another rider made an error under braking heading into Turn 13 on Lap 2, which allowed De Keyrel to move up from fourth to second in one corner. De Keyrel was passed by another rider on Lap 5 and dropped to third place but was able to maintain consistent pace and scored his second podium finish of the event. Schultz had the pace to stay with De Keyrel but wasn’t able to challenge him for a podium and claimed a fourth-place finish. Khamsouk recovered from a mistake in the early laps of the race to finish seventh.

Hayden Schultz (No. 49). Photo credit: Sara Chappell Photos

The team has a weekend off before it’s back in action at the next round of the MotoAmerica season, which is scheduled for July 9-11 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.

Kaleb De Keyrel / No. 51
“Overall, it was a positive weekend. We’re still leading the championship, and I feel like I gave it 100 percent every time I hit the track. We struggled with grip due to the hot conditions and – with sliding around a bit – I just didn’t have the confidence in my bike that I needed to win. We overcame a lot and learned a lot. This track is a lot smaller and tighter than the other tracks we race at, but we learned more about our Aprilia every time we hit the track. This round taught me a lot about tire management in the heat. I’m really looking forward to the next round at Laguna Seca. It’s one of my favorite tracks, and I think we take a lot of what we learned this weekend and apply it there.”

Hayden Schultz / No. 49
“It was a hot weekend in Washington, but we got some solid results. I was aiming for a podium this weekend but fell a little short of that. In Race 1, we had some trouble adapting our setup to the ridiculously high track temperatures, but the team made some big changes for Race 2 and we much better pace on Sunday. A big thanks to the entire Robem Engineering crew for helping me bounce back on Sunday. Overall, I’m happy with the progress we made, and we got some positive momentum going here that we’ll carry into the next round at Laguna Seca.”

Toby Khamsouk / No. 27
“I got a bad start in Race 1 but worked my way back up to fourth place. In Race 2, I got a good start off the line, but made a mistake in Turn 13, which caused me to lose touch with a front group. I’m looking for some positive vibes for Laguna Seca, which is my home 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 and SC-Project.

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Evol Technology LLC set to be title sponsor of Travis Wyman Racing BMW for this weekend’s MotoAmerica Superbikes at the Ridge

Team welcomes additional support from its first-ever title sponsor

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June 23, 2021

When the Travis Wyman Racing BMW rig arrives at The Ridge Motorsports Park today, the team will be tasked with affixing a familiar logo to its BMW S 1000 RR. Evol Technology LLC – one of rider/team owner Travis Wyman’s sponsors for many years and the team’s first-ever title sponsor – is set to be back in the lead sponsorship role June 25-27 for MotoAmerica’s Superbikes at the Ridge round.

The Travis Wyman Racing BMW squad has helped Evol Technology LLC develop new products and improve its existing products for BMW S 1000 RR models. The Pacific Northwest-based company has had a smaller logo on Travis Wyman Racing’s motorcycle since the team’s first race at Road Atlanta in 2018. It also became the team’s first title sponsor that same year for the MotoAmerica round at Sonoma Raceway.

“Evol Technology’s founder, Steve Korol, has been a good friend and partner for most of my pro racing career, and I’m happy to showcase the technical partnership between Evol Technology and Travis Wyman Racing at the closest round to Steve’s shop in Boise, Idaho,” Travis Wyman said. “The team and I have worked closely with Steve to develop various parts for the BMW S 1000 RR, which has in turn contributed to our on-track success in MotoAmerica. Steve does a lot to support many racers in the MotoAmerica paddock, and I’m stoked to be helping him get the word out about his company.”

The Travis Wyman Racing team’s previous-generation BMW S 1000 RR outfitted with Evol Technology LLC logos in 2018.

Evol Technology LLC designs, develops and manufactures precision mechanical products and prototypes, specializing in motor sports applications and prototyping services for the broader mechanical and industrial design community. All of Evol Technology’s products and services are 100-percent American made.

“Evol Technology is honored and proud to support Travis and his team’s top-shelf, grassroots racing effort,” Evol Technology LLC Company Principal Steve Korol said. “Travis and his team embody perfectly so much of what we recognize as the critical ingredients of success: extraordinary athletic talent and unrivaled technical savvy backed with fierce grit and determination. Combined with the formidable BMW S 1000 RR, we couldn’t ask for better partners to aid in our continual pursuit to bring world-class road racing products to our customers.”

Wyman is leading the chase for the 2021 MotoAmerica Superbike Cup title by 21 points and is tied for third in the Stock 1000 points standings. The Las Vegas rider will race four times this weekend on The Ridge’s 2.47-mile road course, with two Superbike races and two Stock 1000 races scheduled for the event. Saturday’s Stock 1000 race is slated to get underway at 1:10 p.m. Pacific, and the Superbike race starts at 4:10 p.m. Pacific. The Stock 1000 Class kicks off the MotoAmerica racing action on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Pacific and the day’s Superbike race is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. Pacific.

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

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Jeremy Cook ends challenging MotoAmerica Superbikes at Road America round with big crash, broken collarbone

BMW rider remains determined to compete at next MotoAmerica round in two weeks time

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June 16, 2021

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — Jeremy Cook had a weekend to forget at MotoAmerica’s Superbikes at Road America round, but – despite a broken collarbone and heavily damaged motorcycle – is raring to be back on his BMW S 1000 RR at MotoAmerica’s next event.

The Marylander struggled during his second time racing at Road America in five years to get the most out of his team’s BMW on Friday and Saturday. The June 11-13 event came to a dramatic end for Cook on Lap 1, Turn 1 of Sunday’s Stock 1000 race. Nevertheless, Cook has experience racing within days of having collarbone surgery and plans to put that experience to use June 25-27 when MotoAmerica visits The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Wash.

Cook started the weekend struggling for pace in the Stock 1000 Class’ Friday practice as the team was figuring out how to get the most out of its BMW package. Cook finished that session 31st in the 40-rider field with a fastest lap time of 2:29.216. Cook later showed a big improvement in the afternoon qualifying. He posted the 28th-fastest lap of the session and dropped his best lap time around the 4.048-mile road course by more than two seconds to a 2:27.146. When Saturday’s Qualifying 2 session concluded, Cook had secured 28th for Sunday’s Stock 1000 starting grid and had improved his best lap time by about another two seconds with a 2:24.822.

The team’s hard work toward finding an ideal setup came to fruition in Sunday morning warm-up. Cook posted a weekend-best lap time of 2:23.339 and was the 22nd-fastest rider during the session.

When the Stock 1000 race got underway on Sunday, Cook got a good start, had moved up about 10 positions and was riding the outside line through Turn 1 when another rider crashed and skidded into his path. Cook did not have time to avoid the down rider and ended up coming off his BMW in spectacular fashion. Cook was thrown off his motorcycle forward and to the left, and his BMW took an odd trajectory — tumbling end over end several times before coming to rest in the Turn 1 gravel trap.

Cook met with the surgeon who performed his previous collarbone operation on Wednesday and learned that his collarbone is broken in several places. Cook also has pain, swelling or other signs of injury in his right knee, both ankles, right foot, hips, hamstrings and neck. As for Cook’s BMW S 1000 RR, the front forks, triple clamps, axle are bent, both rims are shattered and the subframe, battery box, exhaust and crash protection parts are all badly damaged.

Despite Cook and his motorcycle being battered in the crash, the Jeremy Cook Racing team still plans to make the cross-country trek to Washington with a not-fully-repaired BMW S 1000 RR. The estimated bike repair cost is about $5,000 – $15,000.

Jeremy Cook / No. 81

“It certainly wasn’t the weekend we’d hoped for at Road America. But, considering how bad Sunday’s crash was, I’m grateful that there’s even a possibility that I could be racing at The Ridge later this month. It wasn’t any fun struggling to find the pace I know that I and my BMW S 1000 RR can run around this fast, flowing track, and it’s too bad we didn’t even get a lap in once we found a race setup we really liked. I’ve broken my collarbone before, and I went club racing five days after the last time I had collarbone surgery. I really want to get right back into the saddle of my BMW S 1000 RR. We have a lot of work to do to get the bike repaired and ready for Washington, and I encourage anyone who would like to chip in and help my team get back to racing to contact me via my Facebook page, named ‘Jeremy Cook #81’ or send their donation to http://www.paypal.me/jeremycook81.”

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Travis Wyman scores top five in Stock 1000, top 10 in Superbike at MotoAmerica Superbikes at Road America

BMW rider remains points leader in Superbike Cup, now ninth in Superbike standings

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June 14, 2021

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — It was a busy weekend for Travis Wyman at MotoAmerica’s Superbikes at Road America round. The BMW rider competed in four races aboard two different motorcycles at the June 11-13 event, including three races on Sunday afternoon.

Wyman’s top-five finish in the weekend’s lone Stock 1000 race and top-10 in Sunday’s Superbike race helped him maintain his lead in the Superbike Cup standings and kept him in the hunt for the Stock 1000 title. The Las Vegas resident also is ninth in the overall Superbike standings.

The Travis Wyman Racing team’s first on-track session of the weekend was Stock 1000 Friday practice, which Wyman finished fifth-fastest aboard his 2020 BMW S 1000 RR. Later Friday, Wyman was the fourth-fastest rider in the afternoon Qualifying 1 session, during which he improved his best lap time from practice by more than a second.

When qualifying wrapped up Saturday morning, Wyman had secured fifth place on the starting grid for Sunday’s Stock 1000 race despite suffering a crash during the session. In Saturday’s Superbike race, Wyman battled his way through some mechanical gremlins from his crash during qualifying to finish the race in 12th overall and third among the Superbike Cup competitors.

Wyman’s fortunes proved to be better on Sunday. The Stock 1000 race was stopped after less than one lap due to an on-track incident, and Wyman got a good start when racing got back underway. Though he was held up by another rider for the opening laps of the race, Wyman was able to advance to fourth place on Lap 4 of the shortened six-lap race and had to settle for a lonely fourth-place finish. In Sunday’s Superbike race, Wyman started the race 12th on the grid and – thanks to some attrition farther up the running order – capped off the weekend with a ninth-place finish. It was Wyman’s fourth top 10 in the Superbike Class this season, and he recorded the second-best finish among the Superbike Cup riders..

The weekend also marked Wyman’s first outing as a factory Harley-Davidson rider in the MotoAmerica King of the Baggers Class. Wyman qualified fourth for the weekend’s Baggers race and was battling for the last step on the podium for the first half of the five-lap race. He ended up scoring a second-place finish when two other front runners dropped out of the race.

Travis Wyman (No. 10). Photo credit: Brian J. Nelson

Travis Wyman Racing’s next event will be Round 4 of the 2021 MotoAmerica season, which is scheduled for June 25-27 at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Wash.

Travis Wyman / No. 10

“This was an extremely successful weekend for the team. We were dealing with braking issues all weekend due to the high ambient temperatures. I was really happy with the pace I was running during the Stock 1000 race, and it’s unfortunate that I got held up and wasn’t able to compete for a victory. My team did an amazing job getting our BMW S 1000 RR repaired after my crash in Qualifying 2 to be ready for Saturday’s Superbike race. We’re still leading the Superbike Cup title chase by a good margin, and I’m looking forward to having another crack at The Ridge Motorsports Park in a couple weeks time. We were still learning our new BMW when we raced there last year, and I think that experience will help us have a good start to the weekend there. I also am happy to have welcomed Klock Werks back as a title sponsor for Road America, and I look forward to continuing to grow our marketing partnership.”

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