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Mar 18, 2019

Daytona 200: More From The 78th Running Of The Classic Race At Daytona International Speedway

Kyle Wyman (33). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy of Pirelli.
Yamaha YZF-R6 Equipped With DIABLO™ Superbike Slicks Finds Victory Circle

DAYTONA, Fla. – Pirelli Tire North America and Kyle Wymanemerged victorious on Saturday in a nail biter finish at the 78th Daytona 200 at Daytona International Speedway. Due to an incident on Lap 53 resulting in a red flag, the 200-mile endurance race evolved into a four-lap shootout and Wyman proved to be unstoppable on his N2 Racing / KWR Yamaha equipped with Pirelli DIABLO™ Superbike slicks. A move by Wyman coming out of the chicane on Lap 57 allowed him to take control as he raced to the checkered flag.

Kyle Wyman Podium

Kyle Wyman emerged victorious at the 78th Daytona 200. | Photo - Brian J. Nelson

“What an incredible way to finish and win the Daytona 200,” said Kyle Wyman. “The Pirelli DIABLO™ Superbike slicks were extremely predictable for me all weekend, which really gave me the confidence I needed. With the feeling that I had, I knew I could consistently turn low lap times the entire race.”

A Daytona compound was offered to all Pirelli riders competing in the event and was used on the rear tire of Wyman’s Yamaha YZF-R6 in 200/60-17 sizing, while a 120/70-17 DIABLO™ Superbike SC1 was chosen for the front. Wyman opted to run the same tires in qualifying and racing and was just .02 off of the qualifying record time.

Kyle Wyman Action Shot

A Daytona compound rear and SC1 front slick were used on Wyman's Yamaha YZF-R6. | Photo - Brian J. Nelson

“It’s great a great feeling to have Pirelli back in the winners circle here at Daytona,” said Oscar Solis, road racing manager, Pirelli. “Kyle Wyman rode phenomenal all weekend and his results show off the hard work and development behind the Pirelli product. We learned some great lessons from the race and are going to keep working hard to stay on the sharp edge of Daytona.”

Kyle Wyman Victory Lane

It was all smiles in Victory Lane for the N2 Track Days and Kyle Wyman Racing crew. | Photo - Brian J. Nelson

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Pirelli Tire North America (PTNA) services North America through its Modular Integrated Robotized System (MIRS) facility and research and development center at its Rome, Georgia headquarters, its state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Silao, Mexico and its New York City, Montreal and Mexico City sales and marketing offices. The company manufactures, distributes and markets original equipment and replacement tires for export and domestic car/motorcycle applications (US, CA, MX) and Agro/Heavy Truck platforms (MX).

More, from a press release issued by New Hampshire Motor Speedway/LRRS:

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Four of the five Loudon Road Race Series riders who competed in the Daytona 200 on March 16. From left to right: Christopher Dove, Tyler Wasserbauer, Alexander Guilbeault and R. Scott Briody. Not pictured: Daniel Weems. Photo Courtesy: NHMS/Brian J. Nelson

Loudon Road Race Series Riders Compete in Daytona; Will Return to NHMS April 27-28

Five Loudon Road Race Series riders competed in the 78th Daytona 200 on Saturday and are eager for the 2019 Loudon Road Race Series season opener at New Hampshire Motor Speedway April 27-28.

96th annual Loudon Classic – the longest-running motorcycle race in the United States – on the 1.6-mile road course at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Over the years, LRRS has developed a reputation for having some of the closest and most intense racing on two wheels.

A strong commitment to rider training and development has contributed to the quality of the LRRS program. Penguin Roadracing School brings some of the most experienced coaches in the nation to NHMS to host classes for everyone from street riders to top pros before each LRRS event.

Tickets start at just $5 for juniors (ages 12-17) and $10 for adults and can be purchased at the Operations window at the Main Entrance at NHMS on the day of any LRRS event. Kids 11 and under are free with a paid adult. The ticket also includes entry to the MOAT Mountain Road Course Series, which puts Legends cars on the road course.

2019 Loudon Road Race Schedule:

  • Round One: April 27-28
  • Round Two: May 18-19
  • Round Three: June 15-16 *96th Annual Loudon Classic.
  • Round Four: July 27-28
  • Round Five: August 17-18
  • Round Six: September 14-15
  • Round Seven: October 5-6

Check out the full results from all LRRS races:

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For ticket information for events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, including the June 8-16 Motorcycle Week at NHMS, the July 19-21 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 race weekend and the September 20-21 Full Throttle Fall Weekend, visit the speedway website at or call Fan Relations at (603) 783-4931.

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