Reigning MotoAmerica King of the Baggers Champion Kyle Wyman to Put Full Focus on H-D Screamin’ Eagle Factory Bagger team in 2022
KWR to Temporarily Withdraw from MotoAmerica Superbike Competition
MACEDON, N.Y. (Jan. 19) — The Kyle Wyman Racing (KWR) team has announced that rider Kyle Wyman will focus his full attention on defending the crown in the King of the Baggers series aboard the Factory Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Road Glide in 2022. KWR will not continue in the MotoAmerica Superbike championship during the 2022 season.
Wyman pulled double-duty in 2021, riding both the Mission King of the Baggers series as well as the MotoAmerica Superbike series on his Panera Bread sponsored Ducati Panigale V4 R. After a successful championship-winning campaign with Harley-Davidson in 2021, Wyman looks forward to full focus on the King of the Baggers entry for the 2022 season.
“I’ve decided as we approach the start of the season, that I will focus my full attention on the Mission King of the Baggers series with the Harley-Davidson Motor Company,” Wyman said. “While we were working hard to evolve the KWR Superbike program with a new manufacturer for 2022, and exploring many other options within the paddock, ultimately I have committed to Harley-Davidson, as they have done for me. They have been an amazing company to work with and I want to give them my focus in 2022.”
KWR was formed in 2012 as a Harley-Davidson XR1200 series racing team and fielded 35 riders over three seasons in the class. KWR also competed in Daytona Sportbike, Superstock 600, Supersport, Superstock 1000, as well as six full seasons and 101 race starts in Superbike competition.
“A team that was born out of necessity is now coming to a close, or at least a hiatus, for the 2022 season,” Wyman said. “From the day we first hit the road for Daytona in 2012 it has been a dream of mine to build a race team capable of competing at the highest levels of motorcycle road racing in North America. With the help from countless crew members, riders and sponsors, we’ve accomplished so many things in the past decade that I am very proud of.”
Wyman’s best finish of 2nd place in MotoAmerica Superbike series in 2017 is accompanied by two more podium appearances in 2020 with the Ducati Panigale V4 R platform. While Wyman will enjoy the opportunity as a full-time factory rider for the Harley-Davidson Motor Company in 2022, he says that the Superbike journey is not yet over, and that he is open to new opportunities and a return to the class in 2023.
“We competed in three seasons of Superbike with the Yamaha platform, and three seasons with the Ducati,” Wyman added. “We achieved podium results on both bikes and while we have had some success in the class, I still have a lot of things I want to accomplish in Superbike racing.”
Wyman is a former professional flat track racer on the Harley-Davidson XR750 platform and started the KWR team in 2012 utilizing Harley-Davidson XR1200 equipment. It is with the iconic U.S. manufacturer that Wyman’s journey begun and it is a full-circle moment to have a full time commitment to H-D in 2022 as their reigning KotB national champion.
“This step back from Superbike team ownership is a refreshing change for what has been a great challenge each year. I look forward to what is a much needed sabbatical to understand how I want to approach Superbike again in the future. Right now, I am squarely focused on the goal of defending our King of the Baggers Championship, which has been expanded to seven races this year.”
The 2019 Daytona 200 Champion and multi-time XR1200 Daytona winner will kick off round one of this year’s King of the Baggers Championship at Daytona International Speedway, March 10-12, 2022.
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