Perfect weekend ‘at home’ for Tytlers Cycle Ride HVMC squad in MotoAmerica Stock1000
It was a perfect weekend for Tytlers Cycle Ride HVMC Racing in the latest round of the Stock1000 MotoAmerica Championship at Road America with Corey Alexander bouncing back from his spill at VIR to claim his second race win of the season to put himself back into contention for the overall title.
Team mate Travis Wyman made it a dream end to the weekend for the team after crossing the line in second, meaning a one-two finish for the newly formed BMW squad in their home race. Zac Schumacher completed the trios’ points scoring finishes in the sole Stock1000 race at the four-mile circuit. He raced to P14 adding another two points to his championship tally.
The elation in the camp was clear for all to see. Alexander, who shattered the lap record in qualifying, lined up on the grid on a bike that was built following a crash earlier in the day. With no laps on the machine other than the sighting lap and subsequent warm-up lap, Alexander slotted into second from the start before easing his way into first. He then proceeded to open an almost three second lead over team mate Wyman, who made his move for the podium as the race progressed. The #10 eventually overhauled early race leader Geoff May to ensure his third podium (and best result) of the year, moving to within six points of the championship lead. Alexander sits fourth overall a mere thirteen points from the top spot. The third member of the team Zac Schumacher improved constantly throughout the weekend. Qualifying nineteenth he fought his way to fourteenth at the flag.
Corey Alexander: “My first priority after VIR was to be able to ride and so I was thrilled when that was the case. I broke the track record on Friday and was able to go even faster on Saturday and claim the Pole. I had a crash that destroyed the bike during Superbike qualifying but thankfully the team did an excellent job in rebuilding me a new bike for the Stock1000 race. I was able to lead from the second turn on and with Hayden (Gillim) failing to finish it puts us back into contention in terms of the overall championship.”
Travis Wyman: “I didn’t get the best of starts and had to fight threw a bunch of riders. By the time I got into second I could see Corey up ahead and pushed to reel him in but I had a couple of moments on the front end and so I decided to settle for second, especially with one of our main rivals not finishing. I’m pretty happy overall and head to the next one second in points.”
Zac Schumacher: “The race went pretty well. I made a good start and was involved in a four-way battle with me eventually finishing fourteenth. I want to say a huge thanks to the guys for putting the bike back together after a small crash in Q1. I’m so happy to be part of the Tytlers Cycle Racing team and can’t thank Michael Kiley and everyone enough.”
More, from a press release issued by Robem Engineering:
Robem Engineering Aprilia rider Gloddy’s excellent pace soured by technical problem Saturday in MotoAmerica Twins Cup race at Road America
Hobbs suffers broken collarbone in crash while battling for podium finish
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Ben Gloddy was having his best outing so far with the Robem Engineering Aprilia team Friday and Saturday before a technical problem prematurely ended his race. Gloddy and his teammate Teagg Hobbs – who suffered a broken collarbone in a late-race crash — were unable to finish the lone Twins Cup race at this weekend’s MotoAmerica round at Road America.
Though they didn’t net the results they were aiming for at the June 3-5 round, Gloddy’s very good performance in practice and qualifying and Hobbs’ charge up the running order in Saturday’s race bode well for the pair’s 2022 MotoAmerica Twins Cup title aspirations.
Gloddy was the team’s fastest rider on Friday, as he was the fourth-fastest rider in Friday practice afternoon Qualifying 1 session. Hobbs wasn’t far behind Gloddy. He was sixth-fastest in both Friday sessions. Gloddy and Hobbs lowered their best lap times from practice by about three seconds in Qualifying 1. Qualifying concluded Saturday morning with Gloddy having clinched fourth place on the starting grid and Hobbs eighth place.
The round’s lone Twins Cup race took place late Saturday afternoon. Gloddy got a very good start and was challenging for the race lead on the first lap. Hobbs got shuffled back a little at the start and was running in ninth at the end of Lap 1. Gloddy ran as high as second before a technical problem forced him to pull into the pits and retire from the race on Lap 4. Hobbs recovered from his lackluster start after the opening lap and finished Lap 4 third in the running order. Unfortunately, Hobbs made contact with another rider as he entered Turn 14 on Lap 6, lost control of his motorcycle and crashed. Hobbs suffered a broken collarbone and was unable to finish the race.
The Robem Engineering Aprilia team will be back in action later this month for the next MotoAmerica round, which is scheduled for June 24-26 at Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Wash.
Ben Gloddy / No. 72
“I had a great couple of days at Road America. Friday went well, as we were able to qualify fourth for the race – which I was happy with. I got a good start in the race and moved up to third place very quickly. I made a few more passes at the beginning of the race and even led briefly at one point. But, with about four laps to go, my motorcycle suffered a mechanical problem that didn’t allow me to finish the race.”
Teagg Hobbs / No. 79
“I am disappointed to end the weekend with a crash. We had the speed in the race to contend for a podium, so it’s a tough deal with how my race ended. I can’t thank the Robem Engineering Aprilia team enough. They worked really hard this weekend, and I’m looking forward to being back on my Aprilia RS 660 at the Ridge.”
Robem Engineering’s technical partners for 2022 include Aprilia Racing, Piaggio Group Americas, The Center for Plastic Surgery, Synchrony, Velocity Calibrations, Bitubo Suspension, Dunlop, Woodcraft Technologies, Dymag, Vesrah, Sprint Filter, DID, Magura USA, Sara Chappell Photos, NGK/NTK, Blud Lubricants, Millennium Technologies, Motovation USA and SC-Project.
More, from a press release issued by Luke Power Racing:
Luke Power shines in wet MotoAmerica Supersport race at Road America
Luke Power raced to fifth place in Saturday’s opening Supersport at Road America before charging to second place in mixed conditions earlier today, securing a maiden MotoAmerica Championship podium in only his sixth race in the series.
The seventeen year old from Australia, who had already notched up an impressive eighth and seventh in the opening round of the series at Road Atlanta before claiming a sixth place finish in Race 1 at VIR, qualified on the third row of the grid after a solid session aboard his 3D Motorsport Suzuki GSXR 750cc machine – the first time he had ridden the latest ‘Next Generation’ spec machine this season.
In the mix from the off on Saturday, Luke narrowly missed the podium, eventually finishing P5 after a hard charging ride saw him once again show his natural racing talent. Wasting no time moving into podium contention on Sunday in mixed conditions, the teenager from down under eased into second position with a couple of laps remaining, a position he would hold until the end of the eight-lap encounter.
Celebrating in style on the cool down lap, Power, who also had the accolade of being top Suzuki on Sunday, moves into fifth overall in the Supersport standings ahead of Round 4 which takes place at The Ridge Motorsports Park in three weeks.
Luke Power: “I am super happy and so stoked to make it onto the podium in Race 2. It was an awesome race and honestly the track wasn’t in bad shape despite the earlier rain. The 3D Motorsports team did an excellent job all weekend, as did K-Tech Suspension. We had a great set-up weekend and even though I was disappointed not to get on the box on Saturday I am glad that I was able to get the job done today. I can’t wait to carry this momentum into The Ridge in a few weeks and to see all the fans their too. It’s been an awesome weekend. I am loving life in MotoAmerica and want to thank everyone who has helped me make it over here.”
More, from a press release issued by Aprilia:
VELOCE RACING’S JODY BARRY PUTS HIS APRILIA RS 660 ON THE TOP STEP OF THE MOTOAMERICA TWINS CUP PODIUM FOR THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE RACE
MAZZIOTTO MAKES IT TWO APRILIA RIDERS TO PODIUM SATURDAY IN MOTOAMERICA’S ONLY TWINS CUP ROUND AT ROAD AMERICA
ELKHART LAKE, WI – 06 JUNE 2022 – Jody Barry arrived at the MotoAmerica round at Road America coming off three consecutive wins and with a 43-point championship lead. By the end of the July 3-5 event, the Veloce Racing rider had claimed his fourth win of the 2022 season aboard his Aprilia RS 660 and increased his championship lead to 51 points with six rounds to go.
Along with a late-race charge to a runner-up finish by Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing competitor Anthony Mazziotto, the RS 660’s championship-winning prowess was on full display at one of MotoAmerica’s most popular rounds.
Despite diminishing rear grip in his rear tire in the later stages of the lone Twins Cup race of the weekend, Barry held on to take the win by 0.423 seconds from Mazziotto – who had made up six positions on the last lap of the eight-lap contest despite his motorcycle suffering electrical system problems all race. Barry and Mazziotto were among four Aprilia RS 660 riders to finish in the top 10 at Road America.
Barry’s success in 2022 was foreshadowed last year, when the Lake in the Hills, Ill., resident scored a hard-fought win at VIRginia International Raceway and four additional podium finishes in 14 races in 2021 Twins Cup competition after having been out of pro road racing for three years.
Success at Road America is nothing new for the Aprilia RS 660, as reigning MotoAmerica Twins Cup champion and Barry’s Veloce Racing teammate Kaleb De Keyrel took a commanding win at Road America in 2021 – the RS 660’s debut year in Twins Cup competition. De Keyrel finished Saturday’s race in seventh.
Thirteen of the 46 riders who registered for the Road America Twins Cup race were on Aprilias, and the RS 660 was a top performer in practice and qualifying. Barry topped the time sheets in Friday practice by nearly a second and paced the field in Qualifying 1 by a margin of 0.633 seconds. Both sessions featured four Aprilia riders in the top four positions and five or more Aprilias within the top 10. Barry missed out on claiming pole position by a mere 0.147 seconds, and five of the top 10 spots on the starting grid were claimed by RS 660 pilots.
Jody Barry (No. 11), Veloce Racing
“The weekend went well. The bike was strong and we were up towards the front each session. The race was good, and it was fun getting to battle the other riders up front as usual. One of the other frontrunners on another brand was fast too, but the Aprilia RS 660 held its own and we got the win.”
Anthony Mazziotto (No. 516), Rodio Racing/Warhorse HSBK Racing
“Our weekend started off really good. The bike was really fast, and I was excited with how we started the weekend by finishing practice in second place. We were third in the first qualifying session, which was good as we haven’t been up that high in the early sessions. For Qualifying 2 we made a slight change that sent us backwards a little, so I didn’t get the best starting position. At the start of the race, all my bike’s electronics stopped working. I had to run the full race without a quick shifter, auto blip or any other electronic aids. I knew I had the pace to run at the front though, so I put my head down and reeled in the front group. It’s a shame I couldn’t have done that a little bit earlier in the race, but there’s always next round.”
MotoAmerica’s Twins Cup has two races scheduled for the next round, which takes place June 24-26 at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Wash. The championship schedule, competitor information and class rules can be found at https://motoamerica.com.
More, from a press release issued by Levi Badie Racing:
Points make prizes – Levi Badie bags double top six finish on first visit to Road America
Levi Badie was back in action in the latest round of the 2022 MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship at Road America this past weekend, racing to his first double points scoring round of the season, narrowly missing a podium finish for the third event of the year!
Qualifying on the third row of the grid in ninth, Levi set the fastest lap of the race on his way to P5 in Saturday’s opening race before coming home sixth in the first wet race of his MotoAmerica career on Sunday.
Leading with a little over a lap and a half to go in Race 1, the talented Belgian teenager once again proved to be one of the leading protagonists in the Junior Cup series, pulling off some incredible late braking overtakes. With rain falling and with no experience on Dunlop tyres or on a Kawasaki 400cc machine in the wet, Race 2 saw the #71 ride a sensible race to secure P6 at the flag.
Levi Badie: “I didn’t make the best start in Saturday’s race but I was able to close the gap and rejoin the group. My plan was to try to break the group as I had the pace, but the straights were so long that we stayed in a big group. I took the lead and kept pushing but I knew they would attack as slipstream is massive at Road America. I dropped back but fought back immediately on the brakes. I got boxed in on the last lap and that cost me the chance of the podium. I dropped back to eighth but I didn’t give up and was able to make it back to P5. I wanted to bring it home in one piece on Sunday as it was my first race on the Kawasaki in the rain and also my first time on Dunlop tyres in wet conditions. I didn’t want to go crazy and push it and make a mistake. I felt good after the warm up. The race itself was pretty good. I was able to follow the group ahead and my mindset was to finish because we had already had three DNFS and I needed to score points to get my championship back on track, which we did. Overall I am happy about the weekend and I can’t wait for Round 4 at The Ridge in a few weeks. I also want to thank the Bartcon Team, everyone who is helping me and the MotoAmerica fans for their support. People told me before I came to the USA how enthusiastic the American fans are and they weren’t joking!”
More, from a press release issued by Tytlers Cycle Racing:
Hector and PJ deliver double podium for Tytlers Cycle Racing at Road America
It was a podium fest for Tytlers Cycle Racing at Road America with Hector Barbera and PJ Jacobsen racing to the team’s first double podium weekend of the 2022 MotoAmerica Superbike Season.
With regular riders Hector and PJ joined by Larry Pegram, there were more BMW M1000 RR machines on the grid and all three riders shone.
The opening race on Saturday saw Spain’s Hector Barbera snatch the final podium place after a drag race to the line with team mate Jacobsen, the pair separated by a nothing as the crossed the line in a photo finish. Jacobsen’s fourth place finish equalled his best result from the season opener at COTA. Larry Pegram rode a brilliant race to ninth on his racing return and his debut race with the Alpha-spec BMW.
Sunday saw a complete change in the weather as blue skies and sunshine made way for the rain which fell at the four-mile Road America all day. Despite the colder and trickier conditions, the Tytlers Cycle Racing squad were once again in the mix. PJ Jacobsen leading several times throughout the shortened eight lap race, entertaining the fans with his sideways style from start to finish. Losing front end feel on the final lap would mean second place at the flag, but the #66 reminded everyone that he hasn’t lost any of his speed. Larry Pegram also excelled, fighting through the pack to finish fifth after a spirited ride ensured there were two BMWs in the top five. Hector Barbera was running inside the points early on but slipped down the order, eventually finishing P17.
Corey Alexander and Travis Wyman finished eighth and eleventh respectively in Saturday’s race.
Hector Barbera: “Finally I made the podium in MotoAmerica! I am so happy because it’s been a long time since I stood on the podium and to do it at Road America which is the team’s home race is perfect. Honestly the team worked so well, and, in the end, we were able to take some silverware. Sunday was so difficult. I really struggled and had no feeling at all. I need more time in the wet on this bike but overall, I am so positive about everything because we were back on the podium yesterday and this gives me confidence going to The Ridge.”
PJ Jacobsen: “Saturday’s race was a bit tough as I was struggling a little with the front. I ran close to Hector pretty much the whole race and figured I could draft him to the line, but I missed it by the smallest of margins. I was disappointed to miss the podium but pumped for the team to get a P3 and P4. We continue to close the gap to the front which is pleasing to see that our hard work is paying off. I was super pumped with how Sunday’s race went; it was a great race for us. We came so close to getting our first win, but I just had no front tyre left. I tried to manage as best I could but there was nothing I could do. Both me and Hector were on the podium in both the wet and the dry which is great for the team, and I can’t thank them enough for the outstanding job that they did all weekend.”
Larry Pegram: “It was a great weekend for me. Obviously, I wanted to do well but to come away with a fifth-place finish on Sunday was much better than I had anticipated. I always seemed to excel in tricky conditions and that was the case yesterday. Thanks to the whole Tytlers Cycle Racing team, they did a fantastic job, and it was great to see Hector and PJ on the podium and of course the one-two in Stock1000. I had a fun time, and I am looking forward to doing it all again at Laguna.”
More, from a press release issued by Harley-Davidson:
TRAVIS WYMAN LEADS 1-2 FINISH FOR HARLEY-DAVIDSON FACTORY TEAM IN KING OF THE BAGGERS RACE AT ROAD AMERICA
Brothers Travis and Kyle Wyman Top Podium with Harley-Davidson Road Glide Race Bikes
MILWAUKEE, WI (June 6, 2022) – Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® factory rider Travis Wyman led his brother Kyle across the finish line in a 1-2 sweep of the top positions in the MotoAmerica Mission King of the Baggers race on Sunday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. It was the first win in the King of the Baggers series for Travis Wyman, who started the rain-delayed race from the front row aboard a race-prepared Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® motorcycle. Travis passed for the lead on the second lap of the four-lap race and crossed the finish line 0.942 seconds ahead of Kyle.
“This is really an emotional win for me,” said Travis Wyman. “I’ve never won a race on a Harley. It means so much to win here in Harley-Davidson’s back yard in front of all these fans and people from the factory who stuck out the day in the rain. I was really nervous at the start because the dry line on the track was so narrow, but as the race progressed, I felt more and more confident in the bike, especially in the middle sections where I was able to pass. The hard work of the entire Harley-Davidson factory team made this possible.”
Kyle Wyman was the fast qualifier for the race, setting a new Road America class record on Saturday of 2:22.701 on the 4.0-mile, 14-turn course. Following the Sunday morning warm-up session he was bumped back to fourth position on the race starting grid as the team was penalized for a technical infraction due to loose bolts on an external cover.
By the time the race began about 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, the rain had ended and the racing line on the track was dry. Travis passed Tyler O’Hara for second place on lap 2 and then took the lead from Jeremy McWilliams on lap 3. From there Travis put his head down and opened a gap on the field. Kyle Wyman passed O’Hara and McWilliams as well but could not catch his brother. Kyle Wyman posted not only the fastest lap of the race at a 2:24.50, but the fastest lap of any class on the day.
“This feels as good as a win for me,” said Kyle Wyman, the defending King of the Baggers champion. “This is great for the team because while Travis might have joined the team in the middle of last year, everyone has been working equally as hard to make Travis as comfortable on his Road Glide as I am on mine. Today Travis out-rode all of us and showed some real courage in these mixed conditions.”
Kyle and Travis Wyman are the sons of Kim Wyman, owner of Harv’s Harley-Davidson in Macedon, N.Y. and grew up around Harley-Davidson and flat track racing.
The Mission King of the Baggers series features race-prepared American V-Twin touring motorcycles. Harley-Davidson® Factory Team Road Glide® motorcycles are powered by modified Screamin’ Eagle® Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight® 131 Performance Crate Engines.
After four of seven rounds on the 2022 Mission King of the Baggers series, Travis Wyman is in third place in the series standings with 66 points. Kyle Wyman is fourth with 61 points. O’Hara leads with 74 points, with McWilliams second with 67 points. The Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® factory team returns to the track July 8-10 at the Geico Motorcycle MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey at Laguna Seca Raceway, Salinas, Calif.
MotoAmerica King of the Bagger Race Results – Road America
- Travis Wyman (H-D) Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson
- Kyle Wyman (H-D) Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson
- Jeremy McWilliams (Ind) Mission Foods/S&S Cycle
- Tyler O’Hara (Ind) Mission Foods/S&S Cycle
- Taylor Knapp (H-D) Vance & Hines Racing
- James Rispoli (H-D) Vance & Hines Racing
- Cory West (Ind) Saddlemen
- Ben Carlson (H-D) Suburban Motors
- Scott Beal (Ind) Mad Monkey Motorsports
- Andrew Lee (H-D) Big Bear Performance
More, from a press release issued by Yamaha:
Petersen Takes First Superbike Win with Yamaha
Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing’s Cameron Petersen put in a stellar ride to take his first victory with the team in a thrilling MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2 at Road America. Jake Gagne finished fourth despite challenging conditions in today’s shortened race in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Declared a wet race, riders shod their Superbikes with rain tires, but the 4.048-mile track started to dry out, making for tricky track conditions. Petersen matched his start from yesterday and was battling upfront straight away. It turned into a three-rider fight with several lead changes over the eight laps. The South African was shuffled to second at the start of that final lap, but he countered back to reclaim the lead in Turn 5 and then distanced himself from the competition. Petersen ultimately saved the best for last, setting the fastest lap of the race to secure his first win aboard the Attack Performance Yamaha R1 and also his second-career Superbike victory.
Gagne quickly recovered to fourth after a bad start from pole position in the challenging conditions. The reigning Superbike Champion put his head down but was unable to close the gap on the lead trio in the shortened race and finished comfortably in fourth to score valuable points for the championship.
The Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing Team returns to action in three-weeks time for Round 5 of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington, on June 24-26.
Richard Stanboli – Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing Team Manager
“Our Yamaha R1s continue to set the standard, and I cannot say enough about the performance of the entire team. They did an amazing job ensuring that we remained a permanent fixture at the front of the field.
“Cameron did a great job this weekend racing at the front and winning Race 2. He has shown to be a quick study in any condition. Jake once again was the dominant force and the pace setter, but unfortunately, a bad start and a shortened race made it difficult for him to bridge the gap to the front group. We are looking forward to our next race at The Ridge, where last year we finished 1-2. Our goal is to repeat that result, and we will be working hard to achieve that.”
Cameron Petersen – Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing
“It was a wild race! I knew I had those two guys behind me, and we went back and forth a little bit. About four laps into the race, it was pretty scary on these wets (tires). We were spinning everywhere, all the way down the straightaway and just tucking the front everywhere. It was so much fun racing these guys, and I’m so stoked to get the win! I knew PJ (Jacobsen) might have the opportunity to draft me to the line, so I just did everything I could on that last lap. I had a few scary moments out there, but I wasn’t going to give up that easy. I wanted this so bad. Yesterday was a bit of a bummer, but to bounce back like this is incredible.
“The team once again did an amazing job. I’m just feeling at home on this motorcycle. This is the first weekend where I’ve really felt connected with the bike. Once again, I did it in sketchy conditions, so it would be nice to get a win in a dry race, but we’re chipping away at it every single weekend. I trust in the process, listen to what these guys have to tell me, and sooner or later, I know we will get there. I’m so happy right now. Let’s keep this rolling.”
Jake Gagne – Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing
“We had a rough race today, but I’m glad we brought it home in fourth with some good points. It was really tricky out there. I got a bad start and spun all the way off the line. I kind of knew right from the get-go we were a little off, and I was struggling in certain areas. Cam did a great job today with his win, so hats off to him. We’re ready to roll on to Washington!”