KYLE WYMAN AND HARLEY-DAVIDSON FACTORY TEAM WIN MOTOAMERICA KING OF THE BAGGERS FINALE AT NEW JERSEY
Michael Barnes Finishes Third on Daytona H-D/Hoban Brothers Racing Road Glide
MILWAUKEE, WI (September 12, 2022) – Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® factory rider Kyle Wyman led every lap to win the MotoAmerica Mission King of the Baggers race on Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J. Starting from the pole position on a race-prepared Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® motorcycle, Wyman navigated a rain-soaked track to win by 0.655 seconds in the last race of the 2022 season. The victory was the third of the season for the defending King of the Baggers series champion. Tyler O’Hara finished second, followed by Michael Barnes on the Daytona Harley-Davidson/Hoban Brothers Racing Harley-Davidson Road Glide motorcycle. Wyman also won the three-lap Mission King of the Baggers Challenge race on Saturday for a clean sweep of the weekend.
Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle factory rider Travis Wyman led the King of the Baggers championship by three points coming into this final round. After qualifying second, Travis was in third place in the race when he crashed on the wet track and slid onto the grass. Travis managed to pick up his Harley-Davidson Road Glide motorcycle and re-entered the race with a ground off shifter peg and pivot, showing his grit and determination by finishing the race.
O’Hara ended the season at the top of the standings with 123 points. Travis Wyman finished second with 113 points, followed by Kyle Wyman with 111 points.
“I’m happy to have had another sweep of the weekend,” said Kyle Wyman. “I think this is the first time I’ve won a race in the rain. It’s bittersweet because Travis went down, but I’d rather have him pushing and try to win a championship than settle for third. I think we were all looking forward to a real showdown race on a dry track but anything can happen in racing. I want to thank all of our fans and everyone on the Harley-Davidson team for all of their hard work this season. I’m already looking forward to Daytona next year.”
For the season, Kyle Wyman won three races (Atlanta, Monterey and New Jersey) and had two other podium appearances. Travis Wyman had one race win (Road America) and finished second three times.
“I felt super strong this weekend and I gave it my all,” said Travis Wyman. “The conditions weren’t great, and when I got into third place and closed the gap to Tyler, I lost the front with no warning. Thankfully, I was able to pick it back up and finish the race to secure second place in the championship. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with my brother Kyle and the Harley-Davidson factory team to bring back the number one plate next year.”
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.
MotoAmerica King of the Baggers Race Results – New Jersey
- Kyle Wyman (H-D) Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson
- Tyler O’Hara (Ind) Mission Foods/S&S Cycle
- Michael Barnes (H-D) Daytona H-D/Hoban Brothers Racing
- Jeremy McWilliams (Ind) Mission Foods/S&S Cycle
- James Rispoli (H-D) Vance & Hines Racing
- Bobby Fong (Ind) Roland Sands Design
- Taylor Knapp (H-D) Vance & Hines Racing
- Danny Eslick (H-D) Nowaskey Extreme Performance
- Travis Wyman (H-D) Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson
2022 MotoAmerica King of the Baggers – Final Season Points
- Tyler O’Hara (Ind) 123
- Travis Wyman (H-D) 113
- Kyle Wyman (H-D) 111
- Jeremy McWilliams (Ind) 91
- Bobby Fong (Ind) 70
- James Rispoli (H-D) 70
- Taylor Knapp (H-D) 61
- Andrew Lee (H-D) 35
- Frankie Garcia (Ind) 30
- Michael Barnes (H-D) 29
More, from a press release issued by Tytlers Cycle/RideHVMC Racing:
Title for Corey whilst Travis bags another podium at NJMP in Stock 1000
Corey Alexander and Tytlers Cycle Racing powered by #RideHVMC are the 2022 MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Champions.
Alexander, who finished fifth in the penultimate round of the series at New Jersey Motorsports Park, clinched the title with one round remaining. A strong qualifying ensured the #23 was in contention for the podium throughout the category’s single race at NJMP, but with spots of rain falling Corey played it safe, claiming fifth at the flag to clinch the crown.
The was further jubilation for the squad as Travis Wyman powered his BMW M1000 RR onto the podium in second, keeping the possibility of a 1-2 overall finish in the final standings a reality after a gutsy performance once again.
The team’s third rider Zac Schumacher finished just outside of the points scoring places in eighteenth.
With the championship in their maiden season secure, the result also gives BMW a US National title with the machine that has also made its debut in MotoAmerica this season – the BMW M1000 RR.
Corey Alexander: “I am delighted to clinch the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 title at NJMP after coming close to it the previous two years. This was the focus for the weekend and the culmination of a great team effort all season. I knew where I had to finish to take the crown but it would have been nice to have been on the podium but there will be other races where we can fight now that the title is secured. We had great pace all weekend and I am sure we could have fought with the front guys, but the plan was to play it smart. I am looking forward to riding at Barber without any pressure and I want to finish by thanking the entire team, all my sponsors and the fans that came out this weekend.”
Travis Wyman: “It was good race. I was leading in the first half and had a great fight for the win. I’m sitting third in points with a shot at second in the final round at Barber and so that is now the focus. Congratulations to Corey on the title – let’s end the year on the box.”
Zac Schumacher: “I made a decent start in the first part of the race, but the race was stopped because of the weather. In the restart I got boxed in at Turn 1 but was able to recover. I learned a lot riding in the damp conditions and had a good battle but in the end just missed the points. I am looking forward to the final round and hope to end the season in the points. I want to congratulate Corey and the team on their championship win!”
More, from a press release issued by Tytlers Cycle Racing:
PJ Jacobsen delivers Pole Position at NJMP, Hector Barbera salvages P4 on Sunday
The Tytlers Cycle Racing team had plenty to smile about in the penultimate round of the 2022 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship.
The weekend started strongly with PJ Jacobsen at the sharp end on the opening day of on track action, whilst Hector Barbera was also in contention. For PJ, who was racing at home, the weekend got even better on Saturday morning as he shone in Q2 to secure a maiden Superbike Pole Position for himself, the team, and the all-new BMW M1000 RR.
A strong showing by both riders in Saturday’s opening encounter saw PJ cross the line in fifth, with Hector sixth.
Sunday’s race was a two-part affair after an initial red flag caused by a technical issue with Hector’s machine. Luckily, the team had enough time to repair the issue and both riders were able to line up for the restart.
Unfortunately, after a strong start that saw PJ inside the top three, he went down, thankfully without injury and as the rain began to fall, Hector found his rhythm, powering to fourth after showing great pace in the closing stages.
The duo remain in side the top six with one round and two races remaining at Barber Motorsports Park in two weeks.
PJ Jacobsen: “I was a little disappointed with the result on Saturday, especially after the Pole Position. I was in the fight in part one and then in the second part I couldn’t repeat it. To not get the podium was a bitter pill to swallow after qualifying. Race 2 was difficult. I made an initial good start but made a mistake, hit the white line on lap two and went down. It was another Sunday disaster for me, and I don’t really know what to say other than let’s go to Barber and finish the year on a high. The only positive was the Pole Position, so let’s focus on the final round. I want to finish by thanking the team who did an awesome job this weekend.”
Hector Barbera: “Race 1 was tough. I had a small issue with the rear brake and couldn’t use it which was a problem for me as I usually use it a lot. We were able to finish the race and so I played it safe and settled for the points. The team did an awesome job, and the bike was fast, and the setting was really nice, so it’s a shame we had that small issue. On Sunday it could have been a complete disaster but in the end, we were able to finish fourth in the rain and I am happy with the way I rode. My feeling with the bike is much better and we have valuable information for the final race. The team is working fantastic, and I want to thank them for everything.”
More, from a press release issued by Luke Power Racing:
2 x P8 keeps Luke in the top six of MotoAmerica Supersport in his debut year
Luke Power raced to a double P8 in the latest round of the 2022 MotoAmerica Supersport championship, consolidating his sixth position in the overall standings in the process.
Racing at New Jersey Motorsports Park for the first time presented a new challenge for the Aussie teenager, but after a steady FP1, big steps were made in Q1 and Q2 with Luke impressing once again as he took eighth on the grid, a second from Pole Position.
Running a strong sixth in the opening race, Luke was lucky to stay aboard after a near high side at Turn 4. He regrouped to finish eighth.
It was a similar story on Sunday for the Suzuki mounted #68, who after making a move for sixth into Turn 1 he ran off track dropping to thirteenth before a spirited and determined recovery ride saw him classified eight for the second consecutive day after the race was stopped because of rain. Interestingly, Luke’s pace when the rain initially began was as fast as the podium finishers, proving once again that he has the speed and natural talent to challenge for top honours each time he takes to the track.
Sitting sixth overall with one round and two races remaining in his debut season of MotoAmerica competition is impressive with Luke’s results catching the attention of many respected and influential paddock personalities both in the US and farther afield.
The final round of the 2022 MotoAmerica series takes place at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama in a fortnight.
Luke Power: “I have mixed emotions about Race 1, especially after the step we made in Q2. Unfortunately, I struggled early on and lost touch with the leading group. I was sitting P4 and almost high sided at turn four. I ran off the track and was able to close the gap to the guys I was racing with but just ran out of time to move up any higher than eighth. I am disappointed and frustrated with how Race 2 went. I was making progress, but I made a rookie mistake into Turn 1 and ran off the track. I lost a lot of time but got my head down and kept pushing. I made a good recovery and was happy with the way I was riding. When it started to rain, I was feeling really good and closing in on the top six but then the red flag came out. Despite the mistake I am happy with how I rode this weekend, and I am excited for the final round at Barber Motorsports Park in a fortnight.”