LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Travis Wyman Racing is happy to announce it has renewed is marketing partnership with Irv Seaver BMW for 2021. The century-old dealership is the title sponsor of the team’s first offseason testing program since 2018.
Irv Seaver BMW’s support helped the team get the parts it needed to prepare one of its engines for the testing program, which kicks off Feb. 27 at the WERA Motorcycle Roadracing round at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The program will help the Travis Wyman Racing further develop its 2020 BMW S 1000 RR package in advance of competing in MotoAmerica’s Stock 1000 and Superbike Cup classes in 2021. The team debuted the redesigned BMW literbike last season with no track time on the new machine prior to the opening round at Road America. Wyman finished the season third in the Stock 1000 standings and runner-up in the inaugural Superbike Cup.
“Irv Seaver BMW was one of my team’s new sponsors last year, and I’m delighted that they’ve upped their support for 2021,” team owner/rider Travis Wyman said. “I struggled a bit at the first couple rounds in 2019 and 2020, and I’m hoping this testing program will help the team recapture the early-season success we had in 2018.”
Located in Orange, Calif., Irv Seaver BMW was founded as a sporting goods store that began selling motorcycles in the 1910s. The dealership is no stranger to participating in racing, as it supported AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer David Aldana in years past. The dealership is currently owned by Evan Bell, who bought it from Seaver in 1979.
Wyman added, “Our testing program wouldn’t be possible without Irv Seaver BMW helping us get the parts we needed in time and the extraordinary efforts of the team’s mechanic, Alex Torres of Fastline Motorcycle Performance, to get the engine ready. Alex lives near Austin and finished repairing the engine last week while also dealing with the effects of the recent Texas snow storms on his ranch.”
To follow Travis Wyman Racing’s offseason testing program, follow the team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/traviswymanracing or on Wyman’s Instagram feed (@twyman_10).
It was a struggle to make it through the final round of the 2020 MotoAmerica season for Klock Werks Travis Wyman Racing BMW, but Wyman finished high enough at the Oct. 23-25 event to finish the season in second place in the Superbike Cup and third in the Stock 1000 championship.
Wyman also competed in the MotoAmerica King of the Baggers exhibition race, scoring a fourth-place finish aboard a Trask Performance-prepared Harley-Davidson Road Glide. The MotoAmerica season finale took place at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.
The event marked the end of the team’s first season competing with a 2020 edition BMW S 1000 RR. Though the team’s motorcycle experienced engine problems early in the weekend’s racing action, Wyman was able to nurse the bike through the four-race event.
Wyman had a good start to the weekend, scoring third place in Stock 1000 — his fifth front-row starting spot of 2020. Things got difficult for Wyman in the event’s only Stock 1000 race early Saturday afternoon. After getting a good jump off the line, Wyman began drifting down the running order due to a diminished engine performance. Wyman finished Lap 1 in sixth place and remained in sixth for the rest of the 14-lap race.
In the Saturday Superbike race, the motorcycle engine issued got worse. Starting the race from 15th place, Wyman quickly began tumbling down the running order. He fell back to 17th by the end of Lap 1 and was running in 19th when he retired from the contest on Lap 8.
Sunday’s first Superbike race was run in wet conditions, and Wyman made the most of that opportunity. With the conditions making his bike’s lack of horsepower less of a problem, Wyman gradually worked his way up the running order, finishing the race in 12th place. In the third Superbike race of the weekend, Wyman was running 17th most of the race before pulling into the pits on Lap 17. After the team had checked over Wyman’s machine, he was able to rejoin the race, netting a 16th-place finish.
The team’s title sponsor for the event was Klock Werks. The South Dakota-based company makes a variety of parts and accessories for motorcycling and off-road enthusiasts, The company’s wide-ranging line includes handlebars, fenders, patented Flare windshields, klip hanger and ergo handlebars, stamp steel fenders, iOmount phone holders and Shine Werks cleaning products.
The Trask Performance Harley-Davidson Wyman rode was one of 13 custom-built motorcycles that took part in the King of the Baggers race. Trask Performance is based in Phoenix, Ariz., and built the turbocharged machine specifically for the event.
With the 2020 season having come to a close, Travis Wyman Racing BMW thanks its many sponsors and fans for their support during the challenging 2020 season.
Travis Wyman / #10
“This wasn’t the way we wanted to end the season, but – for all the adversity we faced this year – everyone on the team is happy with where we finished in both classes. It was a shame we didn’t get to show off the full potential of our BMW here at Laguna Seca, but I’m super proud of what Alex Torres, my mechanic, Steve Weir, my crew chief, and I were able to accomplish this year. We took a motorcycle we’d never raced before, campaigned it against talented grids of riders and finished in the top three in two MotoAmerica classes. It was easily the toughest pro racing season I’ve had between my elbow injury and racing three or four times at each round. I owe a big thank you to Brian Klock of Klock Werks for getting behind my team as our title sponsor this round, and hats off to Trask Performance for the opportunity to race their bike in the King of the Baggers race. I didn’t get a lot of seat time on the Trask bike before this event, but it was a blast pushing the bike as hard as it would let me around Laguna Seca.”
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Travis Wyman Racing BMW is pleased to announce Klock Werks will be the team’s title sponsor for the season-ending MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey, which takes place Oct. 23-25 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.
The South Dakota-based company makes a wide range of parts and accessories for motorcycling and off-road enthusiasts and will have its branding displayed prominently on the team’s 2020 BMW S 1000 RR.
“I met [Klock Werks President and Visionary] Brian Klock years ago while I was working for Kuryakyn,” Wyman said. “When I approached Brian about joining my team’s family of sponsors, he was enthusiastic about getting on board. I’m really happy about the opportunity to help get the word out about Klock Werks’ products to MotoAmerica fans across the nation.”
Founded in 1997, Klock Werks rose to national prominence when it won the 2006 Discovery Channel Biker Build Off with its “World’s Fastest Bagger” entry. The company’s wide-ranging line includes handlebars, fenders, patented Flare windshields, klip hanger and ergo handlebars, stamp steel fenders, iOmount phone holders and Shine Werks cleaning products.
“Since I met Travis in 2012, I’ve been very impressed with his professionalism and passion for the sport,” Brian Klock said. “With a little bit more support, I believe Travis can become one of the most successful riders in MotoAmerica. I’m 54 now, and I think it’s time I start giving back to up-and-coming young people in the motorcycling industry. I expect Travis to emerge as one this industry’s leaders over the next 10 to 20 years.”
Wyman also is set to race for Trask Performance in the MotoAmerica King of the Baggers exhibition race, in addition to competing one Stock 1000 Class race and three Superbike races.
Phoenix, Arizona-based Trask Performance is one of 14 companies invited by MotoAmerica and Drag Specialties to participate in the exhibition. The bike Wyman will compete on is a 2017 Harley-Davidson Road Glide that was built specifically for the King of the Baggers.
Trask Performance founder Nick Trask said the motorcycle generates about 200 horsepower from its turbocharged, 107 cubic-inch engine. Wyman put some laps in aboard the Trask machine at Arizona Motorsports Park on Sunday and said he felt very comfortable while riding the bike.
How to Watch
All three Superbike races slated for the MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey are to be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2, Eurosport and the MotoAmerica Live+ streaming service. The Stock 1000 race is to be broadcast on MotoAmerica Live+ and on Facebook Live, and the King of the Baggers race will be broadcast on MotoAmerica Live+ only.
Wyman’s first race of the weekend is the Stock 1000 race, which gets underway at 3:30 p.m. Eastern/12:30 p.m. Pacific. Coverage of the Saturday Superbike race starts at 6 p.m. Eastern/3 p.m. Pacific, and the King of the Baggers race is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. Eastern/4:45 p.m. Pacific.
Coverage of Sunday’s first Superbike race starts at 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific. The third and final Superbike race of the weekend takes place at 6 p.m. Eastern/3 p.m. Pacific.
To learn more about MotoAmerica Live+, visit https://www.motoamericaliveplus.com.
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Racing at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway is nothing new for Travis Wyman, but never before had he come out on top in a race there. That all changed Saturday, when the Las Vegas resident piloted his 2020 BMW S 1000 RR to his first victory of the 2020 season in the Stock 1000 race at MotoAmerica’s Superbikes at the Brickyard round.
The victory – Wyman’s first aboard the 2020 edition of BMW’s flagship sport motorcycle model – marked his first time on the top step of the Stock 1000 podium since the VIRginia International Raceway round in May 2018 and is the sixth win of Wyman’s pro road racing career.
Wyman first raced on the speedway’s road course in 2008 as part of his participation in the Red Bull AMA U.S. Rookies Cup. He also competed in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Class races in 2012-2014 and the MotoAmerica Supersport race in 2015 at the historic venue.
Wyman had a strong start to the event, placing second in both Friday Stock 1000 qualifying practice sessions and securing second place on the Stock 1000 grid – his fourth front-row starting spot of the season.
That positive momentum carried into Saturday, staring with the weekend’s only Stock 1000 race. Wyman rode around the outside of several other competitors at the opening corner of the race and entered Turn 2 in second place. From there, Wyman and the race leader pulled away from the rest of the field. Wyman briefly held the lead after a Turn 1 pass on the race leader and was running in a close second place before lapped traffic stifled his charge forward several times in the latter stages of the race.
Though he crossed the finish line in second place, Wyman was reclassified as the winner after MotoAmerica issued a penalty against the race winner for exceeding track limits.
Later Saturday, Wyman scored the best Superbike finish of his career. The contest was stopped twice due to on-track incidents. Wyman moved up the running order from 12th place to 11th after the first restart and made the most of the second restart, climbing to ninth place by the end of the first lap. Wyman powered his way past three more riders in the remaining 14 laps to finish sixth.
After skipping the damp Sunday morning warm-up session, Wyman had another good outing in Sunday’s first Superbike race. Starting the race 15th on the grid, Wyman moved up the running order three places in opening four laps. Later in the race, Wyman advanced past four more riders on Laps 7-10 and finished the race in eighth place.
In the third and final Superbike race of the weekend, Wyman got a good start from 13th on the grid and was running in 11th place when the race was red flagged. After the race restarted, Wyman began quickly working his way up the running order. In the span of five laps, he advanced from 12th place to eighth and later staved off a challenge from other rider to finish the race in eighth place.
Wyman’s Stock 1000 victory moved him up to third place in that class’ championship standings, and he is one of two riders who remain in contention for the inaugural MotoAmerica Superbike Cup title.
With the Indianapolis round in the books, the Travis Wyman Racing BMW team heads west to the final round of the 2020 MotoAmerica season, which is scheduled for Oct. 23-25 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.
Travis Wyman / #10
“This weekend has been one of my best racing weekends in a really long time. I really enjoy racing here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and it was great to get my first win of the season here. The win didn’t come the way we hoped it would, but we’ll take it and move on from here. We’ve been working really hard at developing this new BMW package, and this was the weekend that things really came together for us. My crew chief, Steve Weir, had our BMW dialed in for all four races, and this was the best I’ve felt on the new bike all year. My best Superbike finish before Indianapolis was a ninth place, so I couldn’t be happier leaving here with a sixth place and two eighth-place finishes in the series’ top class. The next track we visit – Laguna Seca – hasn’t been a favorite of mine. But, based on how well the new bike performed at other tracks that had given us fits in the past – like New Jersey and Barber – I’m expecting more good results at Laguna.”
ARDEN, N.C. — One of MotoAmerica’s newest teams is raring to race at one of the world’s most storied motor sports venues, as the Superbike Unlimited Franklin Armory Racing Team will have reigning Stock 1000 Champion Class Andrew Lee at the helm of its Kawasaki ZX-10RR at this weekend’s MotoAmerica Superbikes at the Brickyard.
Lee has two MotoAmerica Stock 1000 titles to his credit – both of which he claimed aboard Kawasakis – and scored a top-10 finish in his Superbike debut at the previous round on Sept. 18-20 at Barber Motorsports Park. The Indianapolis round takes place Oct. 9-11 and marks the penultimate chapter of the 2020 MotoAmerica season.
Lee rode the team’s motorcycle in two practice sessions at the Barber round, but the motorcycle was deemed ineligible for the event due to the team being unable to source MotoAmerica-homologated ECU firmware and transmission parts in time for that round.
“The technical issues the team encountered at Barber have been resolved and we are excited to have Andrew racing our bike at the Indianapolis round,” Team Principal Freddy Carswell said. “We have a great group of sponsors who have come together to get Andrew back to racing in MotoAmerica, and I’m looking forward to delivering the exposure they’re due in the weekend’s three Superbike races.”
The team’s family of sponsors includes Franklin Armory, Riderz Law, Appalachian Electric & Generator, Hard Money Rare Coins, Cool Breeze and Dr. Farr, as well as technical partners Evol Technology, Sportbike Track Time and SBS.
More recently, the team has welcomed additional support from PJC Race Support Services, which has stepped up to help with the team’s transportation costs to make the Indianapolis round happen.
“We were originally just planning to do the Barber round,” Carswell said. “Thanks to PJC coming on board, we are able to more easily afford taking part in the last East Coast round of the 2020 MotoAmerica season and show what our Kawasaki ZX-10RR Superbike project is capable of.”
The Indianapolis round marks MotoAmerica’s first time competing at the Brickyard since 2015 and the first time all of MotoAmerica’s support classes will compete on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road circuit.
How to Watch
All three Superbike races slated for the MotoAmerica Superbikes at the Brickyard are to be broadcast live on the Fox Sports, Eurosport and the MotoAmerica Live+ streaming service. Coverage of the Saturday race kicks off at 3 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1, and Sunday’s races take place at 11 a.m. on Fox Sports 1 and 3 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 2.
To learn more about MotoAmerica Live+, visit https://www.motoamericaliveplus.com.
About Superbike Unlimited
Superbike Unlimited is the exclusive importer and distributor of Lacomoto and Aliant Ultralight Batteries in the United States and carries a full range of road racing products. The company specializes in ECU tuning, and its shop features a full suspension service center — including two factory-trained Ohlins technicians. Superbike Unlimited also offers comprehensive dyno tuning and performance engine services.
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Travis Wyman Racing team worked until the early hours of Friday morning to get its BMW S 1000 RR ready to race at the Sept. 18-20 MotoAmerica Superbikes at Alabama event, and rider Travis Wyman rewarded the team with positive results even while enduring more mechanical gremlins.
Though the tight, twisty 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park track had proven to be a set-up challenge to the team in past years, Wyman put in his best-ever qualifying performance at Barber on Friday. He also scored his sixth top-five finish of 2020 in Stock 1000, as well as his sixth and seventh top 10s in Superbike this year despite clutch slippage problems on Saturday and Sunday. Wyman’s results allowed him to hold onto second place in the Superbike Cup standings and fourth place in the Stock 1000 Class championship points.
Though the team had hoped to complete repairs to its bike’s original engine and transmission before shoving off for Birmingham, additional parts were needed that the team could not obtain until late Thursday afternoon. Steve Weir, crew chief, and Alex Torres, team mechanic, were up until about 3 a.m. Friday completing the repairs and swapping the engine into the team’s 2020 BMW S 1000 RR. The results paid off on Friday, as Wyman finished Stock 1000 qualifying in second place.
On Saturday, Wyman began experiencing clutch slipping issues early in the Stock 1000 race, which curtailed his ability to get good drive out of Barber’s 17 turns. Despite a mediocre start, Wyman was able to salvage a fifth-place finish. Later on Saturday, Wyman was forced to started from the back of the Superbike grid, as the team did not get the bike out on track on time due to its making minor repairs to the clutch system. Though still down on drive out of corners, Wyman stormed through the back of the field, working his way up to ninth place in seven laps. Wyman spent the rest of the race battling for ninth place and missed out of finishing ninth by 0.003 seconds.
On Sunday, the team’s BMW S 1000 RR had more clutch issues, which caused Wyman to get a poor start in the Stock 1000 race, as well as have trouble getting off the line in that race’s restart. Wyman finished the re-started race in sixth place but ended the day on a high note when he finished ninth in the Sunday Superbike race.
The team has a two-week break before the penultimate round of the 2020 MotoAmerica season, which takes place Oct. 9-11 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind. The team hopes to have its S 1000 RR back to top form for the Brickyard’s road course, a track Wyman has raced on several times.
Travis Wyman / No. 10
“I can’t thank my team enough for their tireless work that made this weekend happen for us. Steve and Alex were on their A-game from the time we rolled into Birmingham, and I wouldn’t have been on track at all this weekend if it wasn’t for their efforts on Thursday. Barber had not been a good track for us in the past, so getting second place in qualifying I think really shows what our BMW is capable of. I’ve never felt this comfortable on a motorcycle at this track as I did this weekend, and our results here give us a lot of confidence for next year. In the last two weekends, we’ve found great set-ups at tracks that we used to struggle at.”
MILLVILLE, N.J. — The Travis Wyman Racing BMW team is still coming to grips with its latest-generation BMW S 1000 RR, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the results sheet. Though the team encountered more troubles with its motorcycle’s engine during the Sept. 11-13 MotoAmerica Superbikes at New Jersey event, rider Travis Wyman still found a way to score his fifth top-five finish in Stock 1000 competition and his sixth top-10 Superbike finish of the 2020 season.
Despite the team’s lack of off-season testing aboard its new bike and having endured several mechanical woes with the new package, Wyman has demonstrated a proper mix of determination and race craft and has enjoyed a steady improvement in his race results as the season has progressed. With several of his championship rivals not in action at the New Jersey round, Wyman was able to jump to fourth place in the Stock 1000 Class standings, as well as maintain his hold on second place in the Superbike Cup points.
Wyman qualified third for the weekend’s lone Stock 1000 race, but the team’s BMW began experiencing a lack of acceleration as the last qualifying session came to a close. In the Saturday Stock 1000 contest, Wyman pushed the bike as hard as he thought he could and claimed a fourth-place finish. The weekend’s Superbike races saw Wyman score an 11th-place finish on Saturday and a 10th place on Sunday as he continued to manage the motorcycle’s engine issue.
With the MotoAmerica series back in action next weekend at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., the team will work quickly at its East Coast base of operations in Macedon, N.Y., to repair its BMW S 1000 RR before it heads to next round.
Travis Wyman / #10
“New Jersey Motorsports Park is a track we struggled to find an ideal set up on the old bike, but this 2020 BMW S 1000 RR felt like it was on rails all weekend. We collected a good amount of points in both Stock 1000 and the Superbike Cup, and next weekend we will be at another track that has been a challenge for us. We’ll have the bike fixed this week, and I think we will be at the front of the Stock 1000 field at Barber. I cannot say enough about how much my crew of Steve Weir and Alex Torres contributed to my good results at New Jersey.”
SHELTON, Wash. — While Travis Wyman’s first weekend racing at the Ridge Motorsports Park started with a big crash, the BMW rider rewarded his team’s perseverance with a top-10 finish in Sunday’s MotoAmerica Superbike race and narrowly missed out on scoring his second-consecutive Stock 1000 Class podium.
Wyman ended the Aug. 28-30 event tied for fifth place in the Stock 1000 points standings and was one of several riders who suffered spectacular crashes during MotoAmerica’s first-ever round at the Ridge facility. Wyman’s big crash occurred Friday at the front stretch chicane that was constructed for hosting MotoAmerica competition. The team was experimenting with a softer-compound front tire that lost grip as Wyman was turning into the chicane, and the crash resulted in extensive damage to the team’s 2020 BMW S 1000 RR.
Undeterred by the setback, the team went to work Friday evening repairing the motorcycle and was forced to use most of its spare parts supply in the process. Remarkably, the S 1000 RR was ready to go for Saturday’s Superbike race. However, Wyman was one of the riders who got caught up in a multi-bike crash at the outset of the race. Though the damage to the BMW was not as severe as Friday’s crash, the team wasn’t able to repair the bike in time for the race restart.
The team worked on repairing the bike Saturday night and had it ready for Sunday morning’s Stock 1000 warm-up session. Wyman was running in third place for most of the day’s Stock 1000 race and missed out on a podium finish by 0.384 seconds after a late-race battle with one of his championship rivals. In the Sunday Superbike race, Wyman placed 10th, scoring his fourth top-10 Superbike finish of the 2020 season.
The team has a two-week break before the next MotoAmerica round, which is scheduled for Sept. 11-13 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J.
Travis Wyman / #10
“My first time racing at Ridge Motorsports Park certainly didn’t go as planned, but it’s great to be leaving Washington with two good results as we continue to develop our 2020 BMW S 1000 RR. My crash at the track’s new chicane on Friday was in part due to using a different front tire, as we are still working to find an ideal set up on our new bike. It was a gnarly crash with the front tucking so early in the corner. My crew of Steve Weir and Alex Torres did a fantastic job getting the bike back together twice in two days, and their hard work allowed me to score the positive results I did on Sunday. This weekend was a tough one for a lot of riders with having to learn a new track that so few of us had experience on. I’m looking forward to getting the team’s 2020 season back on track at New Jersey Motorsports Park, which is a track I have a lot of experience at. I think the great handling of the 2020 BMW S 1000 RR will give us an advantage there.”
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WAMPUM, Pa. — Travis Wyman is no stranger to making the podium in MotoAmerica competition, but the third place he scored in Sunday’s Stock 1000 race at Pittsburgh International Race Complex was a symbolic triumph over adverse circumstances.
Despite racing through pain in his surgically repaired left elbow to contending with numbness in his right arm and leg late in races –- and having to do a motor swap on the team’s 2020 BMW S 1000 RR on the Thursday before the race –- Wyman’s performance at the Aug. 7-9 event was his best of the season. It was his first podium appearance since Round 3 of the 2019 season at VIRginia International Raceway.
Wyman had his freshly repaired BMW’s potential on full display Friday. He finished both qualifying sessions in second place and claimed his first front-row starting grid spot of the 2020 season. He missed taking pole position by 0.072 seconds.
Saturday ended on a high note for the team. In the morning practice session, the team opted to test a new set-up, but it didn’t work out as planned and Wyman ended the practice session in seventh. In the Saturday Stock 1000 race, Wyman got good start and was running in fourth when the race was red flagged due to a crash that collapsed a section of air fence. When the race restarted with eight laps to go, Wyman got another good start and was running in second for the first two laps of the race. Though he dropped to fourth place on Lap 3, Wyman was in the group vying for the race lead when a false neutral at Turn 1 sent him off-track. He rejoined the race in eighth place and was able to make up a position to finish seventh. In the Saturday Superbike race, Wyman finished 10th and had the best finish of the Superbike Cup riders.
Sunday’s Stock 1000 race was the team’s shining moment so far in 2020. Wyman got another good start and was running second – hounding the race leader – in the race’s early stages. However, numbness in Wyman’s right arm and leg – a result of Wyman having to change his riding style to accommodate his nagging left elbow injury – caused his pace to slow. Despite the setback, Wyman still finished on the podium and showed that he will be contending for Stock 1000 victories as soon as his elbow has fully healed. In the Superbike race, Wyman was able to maintain a consistent pace – even with the pain in his elbow increasing as the race went on – to claim his second top-10 finish of the weekend in Superbike.
Though there were some setbacks, the Travis Wyman Racing BMW team ended the weekend in as good a position as it had started it. Wyman maintained fifth place in the Stock 1000 Class standings and second place in the Superbike Cup points. It will be Wyman’s first time racing at Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Wash., when the next MotoAmerica round takes place there Aug. 28-30.
Travis Wyman / #10
“We were fast right out of the gate this weekend, and it was the first time I’ve been able to push the bike from the get-go. I felt really good about the bike heading into Saturday’s races, and I was hanging with the leaders for most of the race. The false neutral was unfortunate and caused me to run off track, but we still came away with good points from that race. We made an adjustment to the shifter before the Superbike race, and it was great being the top-finishing Superbike Cup rider on Saturday. We made some setup changes to our BMW S 1000 RR Sunday morning, and my fastest lap in the day’s Stock 1000 race was about two seconds faster than my previous best lap at Pitt Race. I got a good start and was pushing hard to stay with the race leader as long as I could. Though the numbness in my right limbs kept me from maintaining the pace of the leaders, it was great to be back on the podium. The weekend as a whole was a win for the team, because we keep progressing even with all the setbacks we’ve had with me and the bike. We’re finally getting into the cusp of it and running up front. Steve Weir and Alex Torres did a stellar job again this weekend, and I can’t thank Mark Buche from BMW North America enough for getting us this new engine that we raced this weekend.”
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WAMPUM, Pa. — Bellaire, Ohio, resident C.J. LaRoche put in the best performances of his professional motorcycle racing career when MotoAmerica — the nation’s official motorcycle road racing championship — visited Pittsburgh International Race Complex Aug. 7-9.
The owner of Bellaire’s LaRoche Tree Service scored 11th- and ninth-place finishes in MotoAmerica’s Supersport Class races on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. It was his first time finishing in the top-15 and top-10 in Supersport. He raced aboard a new-to-him 2019 Yamaha YZF-R6, which he had not had many opportunities to ride on a racetrack before the PittRace event.
LaRoche began racing professionally in 2016 and has competed part time in MotoAmerica’s Supersport and Superstock 600 classes. His previous best performances were two top-10 finishes in Superstock 600 at Pitt Race in 2017. Superstock 600 was a feeder class for Supersport, MotoAmerica’s premier middleweight class.
LaRoche had endured challenging weekends the last two years at his home round on the MotoAmerica schedule. He qualified 22nd and 18th in 2018 and 2019, respectively. In 2018, he finished 16th in one race and failed to finish the second contest. At the 2019 edition of the event, LaRoche finished 16th in the Saturday race and crashed out of the Sunday race.
LaRoche credits his improved racing performance to Ken Hill, a motorcycle road racing instructor LaRoche met through teaching at several Yamaha Champions Riding School events.
MotoAmerica’s Supersport Class features lightly-modified production-based motorcycles – road-legal sportbikes that can be purchased at a local motorcycle dealership.
MotoAmerica took over operating the AMA Superbike Championship in 2015 and features the nation’s top motorcycle road racers competing in five competition classes at racetracks across the country. The series is sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association, which also sanctions AMA Supercross and thousands of recreational and competition-oriented motorcycling events throughout the nation each year.
C.J. LaRoche / #20
“It was a great weekend and, without a doubt, the team’s most successful to date. There are a lot of very talented riders competing in MotoAmerica’s Supersport Class, and working with Ken [Hill] helped close the gap to them. I’m surrounded by a fantastic team that kept my Yamaha R6 in top condition. It felt great rewarding them for their hard work with two strong finishes. The entire team is looking forward to more good results at the Indianapolis round.”
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