Jul 11, 2012
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Red-hot Wyman plans to play it cool in at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
LEXINGTON, Ohio Kyle Wyman and the KLR Group Harley-Davidson crew are rolling into the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a winning streak and a laid-back attitude.
Wyman has won two AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series races in a row -- at Road America and Barber Motorsports Park -- and has a firm grip on a playoff spot. The 22-year-old from upstate New York is brimming with confidence.
"We are solidly locked into the XR Showdown, so the main thing for us this weekend is to have fun," he said. "There's no pressure to score points because everything resets after this race so I just want to go out there and ride my Harley.
"We're on a two-race win streak. Why not make it three in a row?"
Coupled with his season-opening victory in Daytona, Wyman's recent success has trimmed the points lead of Tyler O'Hara to just six points heading into this weekend's event. The two men, along with Michael Barnes, are the clear favorites to challenge for the 2012 title. All three of them have finished on the podium at each of the first six races.
But Wyman has the most wins (3), compared to O'Hara (2) and Barnes (1) and says racing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course gives him a home field advantage, of sorts.
"I like to think of Mid-Ohio as my home track, since it's the closest AMA Pro Road Racing event to my hometown," said Wyman, who hails from Walworth, N.Y. "It's six hours away but still the closest, so that's why I consider it my home track.
"Either way, it has always been one of my favorite tracks, as it's very technical and flowing. It lends itself to some great racing and I think the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series will put on another great race for the fans."
Wyman said that a solid effort on the 15-turn, 2.4 mile course will go a long way toward determining if an upcoming break in the schedule is a nervous one or not.
"Mid-Ohio will be the last race before the XR Showdown starts at Indianapolis," Wyman said. "It's our final dress rehearsal before giving it our all for the last five rounds.
"We'll have a five-week break after this one, so I want to get a good result for KLR Group, Spyke's Harley-Davidson, Vesrah and all my great sponsors to brag about while we take time off and get ready for the chase."
Practice for the XR1200 Series race gets under way at 10:30 a.m. EDT on Saturday with its first qualifier scheduled for 4:15 p.m. that day. The final qualifier starts at 8:30 a.m. Sunday with the 11-lap main event starting at 12:30 p.m. SPEED will start its Sunday coverage from Mid-Ohio at noon EDT.