KWR Ducati Team ready for Superbike round three in Wisconsin
TUCSON, Ariz. (Jun. 8) — The KWR/Panera Bread Ducati Team heads to Road America this weekend in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for the third round of the 2021 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship. Kyle Wyman will compete not only in Superbike but will also contest round two of the King of the Baggers Championship, in which Wyman rides the Factory Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Road Glide.
The KWR team is coming off of a solid second round at Virginia International Raceway, where the team scored 7th and 6th place finishes albeit showing a strong pace in Superbike race two, where Wyman battled for the podium spots throughout.
Since the VIR weekend, the team was able to conduct a two-day private test at Pittsburgh International Race Complex on May 31st and June 1st. Wyman circulated Pitt-Race 156 laps over two days and the team made steady progress on the 2021-spec Ducati Panigale V4 R Superbike.
“I’m looking forward to a busy double duty weekend in Wisconsin,” Wyman said. “Road America is my favorite track on the schedule. I love the scenery, the people and the town of Elkhart Lake. Last year we put our Ducati Superbike on the podium in both races, so the expectation is high for us to fight at the front and try to even improve on those results. My goals for this weekend are to not just be in the podium battle, but to win the podium battle. I want to have a look at a race win and put myself in a position to execute that. I’m feeling great on the bike after our two days at Pittsburgh.”
With the previous year’s podium results the KWR team hopes to fight for victories in MotoAmerica Superbike. This week’s even will be a true indication of the progress the KWR team has made in the last 12 months, according to Chief Mechanic Dave Hopkinson.
“Having the time at Pittsburgh last week was invaluable to our program,” Hopkinson said. “Not only looking to the race there in weeks to come but also headed into the Road America weekend. It gave us the chance to test things ordinarily we either don’t have time, or don’t dare test during a race weekend. It’s given us a whole new understanding of the new bike and its preferred set up after turning 156 laps and trying some huge changes.”
“We are incredibly grateful to our sponsors for giving us that opportunity, one that is normally out of our reach,” Hopkinson added. “I’m looking forward to the weekend after having great results at Road America last year. It will hopefully give us the first true indication of how far the bike and the program has come in the last 12 months.”
In King of the Baggers, Wyman sits 2nd in series standings after the opening round at Road Atlanta. With only three rounds total, the second race at Road America will be the most pivotal moment of the championship, and right in the backyard of Harley-Davidson.
“I am intensely focused on winning the baggers race for Harley-Davidson this weekend,” Wyman said. “We have had three test days since our last outing at Road Atlanta, where we narrowly missed out on the race win. We have new parts and a new configuration for our motorcycle that has already proven itself to be stronger and more resilient in hot conditions during testing. I have no doubt that we will have the machine capable of winning this weekend and I look forward to piloting it again and fighting for the race win here at Road America.”
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