Panera Bread Ducati rider Kyle Wyman has withdrawn from the MotoAmerica Superbike event at Brainerd International Raceway due to lingering pain and weakness in his still-healing (recently broken) left arm.
Wyman broke his left elbow when he crashed during MotoAmerica Superbike Race Two June 13 at Road America. He had surgery in the week following the race and was able to recover enough in time to participate in the MotoAmerica King Of The Baggers (KOTB) finale July 11 at Laguna Seca, which he won.
Wyman did not ride his Panigale V4 R Superbike at Laguna Seca, however, and had not ridden it until he arrived in Minnesota and participated in the Dunlop tire test Thursday at Brainerd.
Wyman rode his Ducati again in MotoAmerica Superbike Free Practice One on Friday, and that’s when the rider/team owner decided to pull the plug.
“I don’t have the strength to ride safely for more than three laps,” Wyman told Roadracingworld.com. “I thought it was in better shape, but some of the these braking zones are really tough on the left arm.”
Asked how it was possible for him to ride his 630-pound Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson Road Glide KOTB racebike but not his Ducati Superbike, Wyman said, “The amount of braking force on the Harley is less than half of the Ducati. The Harley is so much heavier it doesn’t slow down as quickly. It’s a whole different deal on the Ducati. It goes so much faster and stops so much quicker.
“Plus, my elbow really got swollen after riding Thursday.
“It’s only been six weeks since my surgery, and I think another two weeks will do me good. I don’t want to do anything to set me back because I’ve got some good tracks coming up.”
Wyman said he had no plans to field a substitute rider on his Ducati at Brainerd, as he did with Toni Elias at Laguna Seca.