PJ, Hector and Kyle sign off Tytlers Cycle Racing’s maiden Superbike season in style
Tytlers Cycle Racing signed off their maiden MotoAmerica Superbike season in style with another podium yesterday, PJ Jacobsen producing another spectacular race to finish third in the final race of the year at Barber Motorsports Park.
Classified third in Saturday’s opening encounter, PJ was relegated to fourth after series organisers overturned Danilo Petrucci’s jump start penalty. Understandably disappointed, PJ ensured there were smiles aplenty on Sunday as he powered his BMW M1000 RR to his third top three finish of 2022 – the team’s fifth.
Hector Barbera rounded out his first season with the team with two solid results. He finished fifth and tenth respectively whilst Kyle Wyman, the team’s third rider for the weekend in the Superbike category raced to P13 and P9.
The results mean Hector ends the year fifth overall with PJ in sixth.
The team would like to thank its sponsors, and everyone involved with the MotoAmerica Championship and look forward to lining up on the grid in 2023.
PJ Jacobsen: “Race 1 didn’t start too well. I made a mistake and lost a lot of time. I was classified third but then demoted after MotoAmerica overturned Petrucci’s jump start penalty, so we celebrated for no reason but overall, I was happy to close to the podium and fourth in the end isn’t so bad. It was a much better race on Sunday. I was fighting for the podium and the pace was a lot stronger. I am happy to get another podium on the final corner of the final lap. I am proud of everyone involved in the team and for the opportunity to ride for Tytlers Cycle Racing with the new BMW M1000 RR this year.”
Hector Barbera: “I had a much better feeling in the first race on Saturday. Every lap felt better, and, in the end, I finished fifth. It was impossible to ride on Sunday with the same setting, so I am sure it was a problem with the tyre. I was over two seconds a lap slower and so to end the year like this is disappointing. Big thanks to the team, it’s been a pleasure for me all year to be with you all.”
Kyle Wyman: “It was a great week and so good to be back on a Tytlers Cycle Racing BMW this past weekend. I assembled a crew of mine alongside the teams, and we continually improved throughout the weekend. Saturday’s race saw a drop that we didn’t expect, and I dropped all the way back to thirteenth after running sixth. We made a big step on Sunday and finished ninth and had a pretty good race. I had a lot of fun and a great experience and I’m proud of what the team has accomplished in their first season and am proud to have been a part of it.”
More, from a press release issued by Altus Motorsports:
MotoAmerica: Results from Barber Motorsports Park and 2022 MotoAmerica Season Wrap-Up for the Altus Motorsports WPS FLY Racing Team
(Birmingham, AL) – Altus Motorsports may not have finished the 2022 MotoAmerica Season with any championships but that did not keep it from being one the best in the history of the team. The team had a great time, all three riders improved throughout the year and showed impressive results.
Superbike Cup & Stock 1000
Brandon Paasch rolled into Alabama on a 4 race podium streak in the Stock 1000 class and beginning to really feel comfortable on the big bike. In the solo Stock 1000 race of the weekend, he started from eighth place and crossed the finish line in fourth. Overall, Paasch finished the year strong with a second place finish, three third places, and one fourth place in the last five races. This was enough to earn him fourth in the 2022 MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Championship.
In the Superbike Races, Brandon started both from nineteenth. In the Saturday race, he finished in fourteenth and as the top Superbike Cup racer. On Sunday, he crossed the line in fifteenth and as the second Superbike Cup competitor. As a result, Paasch took second in the 2022 Superbike Cup Championship.
“Well, Barber is done and dusted… my weekend definitely wasn’t how I planned to finish my year with pretty average results. We ended the season as the first rookie in both classes, 4th in Stock 1000 class and 2nd in the Superbike Cup Championship. The progress from where we started to where we finished is a big relief for me. There were times this year when I was questioning whether I still had it or not. That first podium at Brainerd and the 4 race podium streak really boosted my confidence and expectations again. I owe a huge thank you to the whole Altus Motorsports WPS FLY Racing team for supporting me all the way! Also, Ohlins & Mike for helping us a bit more at the end of the year, Suzuki and M4 for providing us with a strong package to start. A massive thank you to Arai, Spidi, CCC Manhattan, Luxestar VIP, If you don’t know Jack and EvolveGT for the continued support. I was super glad to have my Mom, Andy, and Darian there at the weekend to show some love and support! Thanks to everyone for the support this year, it was great to see a ton of familiar faces at the track again!” said Brandon Paasch.
Jaret Nassaney had a strong weekend in Alabama. Barber is a track he enjoys and it showed in his results. He qualified eighth for both Supersport races. He fought his way forward in the first race to take a sixth place finish. On Sunday, the wet track left teams to choose between a rain tire and a slick tire. The Altus team made the right choice and ran the wet option. At the start, Jaret jumped immediately into second place. After a few battles, he ultimately crossed the line in fourth – his best result of the year. Nassaney finished the 2022 season holding 7th in the MotoAmerica Supersport class.
“2022 is a wrap! I’d say our goals were accomplished. I wanted to be in the fight for top 5 finishes and we ended the year fighting for the box! The new bike really suited me this year. At the beginning of the year, we had some growing pains to figure out but I think it’s all squared away now. We ended the season on a high note and I’m very happy with how the weekend went. Barber is one of my favorite tracks and with the new surface is amazing but at the same time, we struggled with tire life. Qualifying was tough. I was only able to get 8th so that put us in the middle of row three. With the tire longevity issues, we decided to go with the harder option in race one and I’m very happy we made that decision. I had a good battle for 6th the whole race and was able to come out on top. Race 2 was a completely different story. In good ole Alabama style, it decided to start raining 20 minutes before the start. But not enough to make any puddles. They allowed a 10-minute warm-up before the race which I opted out of. We took the gamble and went with a wet weather setup. I got an awesome start and put myself in second for the first couple of laps but ended up getting passed by a few people. The rain tires were the right choice and allowed us to pull a gap on riders running the slicks at the onset. By the end of the race, the track was completely dry and grip became a challenge. I was hoping to have enough tire toward the end to make a pass back for third but wasn’t able to make it happen. In the end, I was able to keep it on 2 wheels and take fourth! Our best finish of the year!,” said Jaret Nassaney.
Once again, Kayla Yaakov was the second fastest Junior Cup rider in the qualifying sessions putting her in the middle of the first row for both race starts. Over the course of the season, Yaakov has proven that, regardless of her start position, she will be fighting for the win. And the final round at Barber was no exception. In both races, she went with the lead group and consistently put herself at the front of the pack. In the first race, on Saturday, she lead out of the last turn and crossed the finish line just a hair ahead of the rider in second for the win. The Sunday race was another hard-fought battle and the roles were reversed. Kayla came onto the front straight in second but could not quite get the pass made before the stripe and had to settle for second place. On the season, she managed 11 podiums with four of them wins, and finished just 8 points out of first place in the Junior Cup Championship in third.
“What an amazing way to end my first full season of MotoAmerica. An almost perfect weekend for me, and possibly the best weekend of my entire season with a first in Race 1, and a second in Race 2. After all of the bad luck and struggles this year, I am beyond happy to have ended up placing 3rd in the championship. I cannot thank the Altus Motorsports team enough for getting me to where I am, as well as my father for all of his hard work. Also, my incredible sponsors for helping me all throughout this year. This year was dedicated to my brother Dylan, and I hope I made him proud,” said Kayla Yaakov.
“It’s extremely tough to compete consistently at this level. It takes a lot to stay on top of the rules and the best options for performance, manage the ever-changing budgets and expenses, hang on to the talent (on and off the bikes), and have a team that works together in a cohesive way. We have had great success in the past. We’ve had amazing talent and wonderful people under our banner. We’ve collected championships in various classes. But this year, we really had an amazing team under our tent. We are looking forward to an offseason and preparing for next year. Thank you to our sponsors for making it possible and for MotoAmerica for continuing to promote road racing in the United States,” said team owner, George Nassaney.
The Altus Motorsports team is supported by our great family of sponsors: Altus Motorsports, FLY Racing WPS, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Moto-D Racing, Bonamici, Hot Bodies Racing, M4 Exhausts, Vortex EK, Motion Pro, Barnett, Maxima Racing Oils, SBS Brakes, BrakeTech USA, Inc., Ohlins, K-Tech, RS Taichi, Arai, Law Tigers Oklahoma, and Altus Factory Racing.
More, from a press release issued by Aprilia:
VELOCE RACING’S KALEB DE KEYREL SCORES DOMINANT WIN TO TOP AN ALL-APRILIA PODIUM SUNDAY IN MOTOAMERICA TWINS CUP SEASON FINALE AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK
APRILIA RIDERS FINISH SEASON SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH, SEVENTH AND EIGHTH IN TWINS CUP POINTS STANDINGS
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 – Sunday’s MotoAmerica race at Barber Motorsports Park was a trifecta from 2021 Twins Cup Champ Kaleb De Keyrel, who closed his second season racing an Aprilia RS 660 by shattering the class’s lap record in qualifying on Friday and Saturday, taking pole position, and continuing a weekend of bests to complete a commanding victory on Sunday, to lead an all-Aprilia podium in the final Twins Cup race of the season.
De Keyrel clinched the win by a margin of 3.688 seconds and was joined on the podium by Robem Engineering Aprilia riders Teagg Hobbs and Ben Gloddy.
With the last race of the 2022 season having been run, half of the riders in the top 10 in the final points standings competed this year on Aprilia RS 660 machines. Veloce Racing’s Jody Barry and Rodio Racing’s Anthony Mazziotto finished second and third in the points standings, with 191 points each. De Keyrel wrapped up the season in fourth with 175 points, and Hobbs and Gloddy ended up in seventh and eighth with 130 and 122 points, respectively.
De Keyrel didn’t get the best start in the Barber race but was still vying for the lead with another rider until the race was stopped on Lap 2. When the race resumed, De Keyrel got a better start and took the holeshot. As he entered Turn 5 on the first lap of the restarted race, De Keyrel’s motorcycle was struck by another bike when the second-place rider low-sided, but De Keyrel maintained the lead and thereafter went to work building a gap to the rest of the field. The Robem Engineering duo of Hobbs and Gloddy had to battle with another rider for most of the race for the last two steps on the podium, but the pair was able to secure another all-Aprilia Twins Cup podium to close the 2022 season.
The two Aprilia riders who were still mathematically eligible to win the Twins Cup title at Barber – Barry and Mazziotto — finished Sunday’s race in sixth and eighth.
It was De Keyrel’s fourth podium finish of the season, as well as Hobbs’ and Gloddy’s fourth and third trips to the box. It also was the second consecutive race that both Robem Engineering riders scored podium finishes, as Gloddy finished second and Hobbs third at the previous round at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
With more than 50 riders entered for Twins Cup at Barber, the field was split into two groups for practice and qualifying. De Keyrel was the second-fastest rider in Friday practice. He missed out on the top spot by just 0.078 seconds. Gloddy was fourth-fastest, Barry seventh and Hobbs ninth. Mazziotto did not take part in the session.
Later Friday in Qualifying 1, it was an Aprilia 1-2-3-4 at the top of the time sheets. De Keyrel paced the field with a lap time of 1:29.398. Hobbs finished the session in second, Gloddy in third and Barry fourth – all within a second of De Keyrel’s best lap time. Mazziotto was the ninth-fastest rider.
Qualifying concluded on Saturday with De Keyrel having secured his second pole position of the season with a 1:29.088 — besting the best previous pole-setting lap time by nearly two seconds. Gloddy made it two Aprilia RS 660s on the front row by qualifying third. Hobbs qualified fourth, Barry seventh and Maziotto 10th – giving Aprilia five riders who qualified in the top 10.
Of the 51 riders entered for the Barber round, 17 were on Aprilia RS 660s.
Piaggio Group Americas thanks off the Aprilia riders who took part in the MotoAmerica Twins Cup this season and congratulates the six riders who scored podium finishes or victories aboard an Aprilia RS 660 this year.
Kaleb De Keyrel / Veloce Racing
“I had a really good race today. I led from start to finish and had a super-clean race. I just wanted to be smart and kept my head down. My Aprilia RS 660 was handling great all weekend, and the Veloce crew did a great job getting everything together. I can’t complain too much.”
Teagg Hobbs / Robem Engineering
“It was a great way to end the season. Ben Gloddy and I have had our struggles this year. For us to both be on the podium the last two races of the season and be consistently at the front in every session is a huge thing for the team – and us as riders. It just proves what the Robem Engineering team can do when it’s facing hardships. I have to thank the team, all my sponsors and my family for supporting me this year. It was a great season.”
Ben Gloddy / Robem Engineering
“I had a great race. I think we ended the season really well, and I want to keep this momentum rolling into next year. I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the Robem Engineering crew being behind me, and I’m looking forward to seeing what next season has for us.”