Top four riders finish within four tenths of a second
MILWAUKEE (June 2, 2014) - Kyle Wyman (KWR/Millennium Technologies) came to Road America for the second race of the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley Davidson series 2014 season seeking redemption, and he found it on the last lap of the famed four-mile road course, taking the race win by a slim 0.033-second margin.
Following a disqualification for unauthorized engine modifications following the season-opening round at Daytona International Speedway, Wyman arrived at Road America set on restarting his season. Despite a second row start, Wyman quickly worked his way into the lead five-rider pack consisting of defending series champion Steve Rapp (Suburban Motors H-D/ Aerostar Global), former series champ and 2014 Daytona 200 winner Danny Eslick (Ruthless Racing/Trev Deeley Motorcycles), Benny Carlson (Suburban Motors H-D), and Tyler O’Hara (Josh Chisum Racing/Bartels’ H-D), that broke away from the 19-rider field early in the race.
Rapp led the first three laps, but entering the first turn on lap four, he tucked the front end of his Harley-Davidson XR1200 race bike and slid into the gravel trap and out of the race. Rapp’s off forced O’Hara to check up, and the rider who was awarded the Daytona win after Wyman’s DQ spent the remainder of the race trying to catch back up to the remaining trio at the front of the race.
As Wyman, Carlson and Eslick battled back and forth, O’Hara crept closer to the front until finally regaining contact on the penultimate lap, but once he got there, positioning and the luck of the draft left him with little to show for his work other than the series points lead. Eslick finished second, just 0.033 seconds from the win, with Carlson only a tenth and a half behind Wyman.
“I just went out there with a clean slate and tried to put my head down and do what I could to get up front. It worked out in the end,” Wyman said. “There was a lot going on, and I’m just really happy to be up here for [my sponsor] Millennium Technologies at their home race and to redeem myself from Daytona and get maximum points.”
The third round in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley Davidson series is June 21-22 at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Ala.
Road America Race Results:
1. Kyle Wyman (KWR/Millennium Technologies), 7 laps
2. Danny Eslick (Ruthless Racing/Trev Deeley Motorcycles), +0.033
3. Benjamin Carlson (Suburban Motors H-D), +0.157
4. Tyler O’Hara (Josh Chisum Racing/Bartels’ H-D), +0.322
5. Gage McAllister (Folsom H-D), +15.171 seconds
6. Ryan Kerr (Thunder Roads Magazine), +15.228 seconds
7. Hayden Schultz (Chili Pepper Racing), +15.242 seconds
8. Eric Stump (Level 10/Peter Brady Racing), +20.647 seconds
9. Nicholas Hansen (Suburban Motors H-D), +25.075 seconds
10. Josh Chisum (Josh Chisum Racing/Bartels’ H-D), +26.072 seconds
11. David Estok (Arrow Aviation/Thrashed Bike Racing), +26.141 seconds
12. Brice Cooper (none listed), +26.500 seconds
13. Darren James (Trev Deeley Motorcycles), +27.561 seconds
14. Ricky Parker (Chili Pepper Racing), +43.912 seconds
15. Shelina Moreda (Chili Pepper Racing), +1:05.489
16. Joseph Rozynski (Sirius XM Radio/Sound Waves), +1:06.023
17. Sam Rozynski (Sound-Waves.com/Sirius XM Radio), +1:06.046
18. Jerrett Martin (CPL Systems/Aggressive Insurance), +1:10.463
19. Steve Rapp (Suburban Motors H-D/ Aerostar Global), 3 laps, crash
20. Paul James (Hoban Cycle/Spectro Oils), DNS
AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series Points
1. O’Hara, 48
2. McAllister, 41
3. Eslick, 40
4. Carlson, 39
5. Hansen, 33
6. K. Wyman, 30
7. Stump, 29
8. Schultz, 28
9. Kerr, 25
10. Estok, 21
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