Kyle Wyman Talks About Everything Leading up to Road Atlanta
NEWS April 19, 2012
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
(April 19, 2012) - I'm currently in the back seat of my Uncle's Toyota Camry in the middle of West Virginia. My Dad, him and I are headed down to Road Atlanta for the Triumph Big Kahuna event this weekend. I have some testing to cover and so much good news to share that it's arguably coming out of my ears.
Firstly, I'll cover the Homestead test. I wrote my last blog a couple of weeks after Daytona, and although the test had already passed, I thought I would save it for this entry because I covered so much in the last! I had a great couple of days down there, and am thankful that AMA Pro Racing was able to organize the test right after the Daytona round to keep it logistically reasonable for all of the teams to make it down there.
I had never been to Homestead-Miami Speedway before, but was definitely looking forward to it. I love going to new tracks and the challenge that comes along with it. Turns out the track is really fun! There are some super fast corners where we come back down off the NASCAR track, and some very tight hair pin corners in the infield. The circuit has a lot of character, and although I could probably say the same thing about almost any other track in the series, I think it has one of the widest spectrum of corners out there. From 5th gear wide open with the knee on the ground all the way down to "bus stop" style 2nd gear corners, there is a lot to think about. Your brain must adjust to the variance in speed more so than your average race track.
Over the course of two days I was able to come away with the fastest time in the XR1200 division. It's a great feeling, especially after coming to a brand new course. I'm really happy with my bike, my Dad and Uncle have worked their butts off, and my support from Spyke's HD and Ohlins USA is incredible. I couldn't be happier with the people I have behind me, so on that note, on to the good news!
I've received an opportunity to ride in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike series again! This time around I'll be riding the all new Triumph Daytona 675R with support from Triumph North America, Sportbike Track Time and Apex Manufacturing. At this time we are planning on competing at Road Atlanta, Road America, Barber Motorsports Park and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. These four tracks are all very familiar to me, so I can't wait to apply what I've learned over the past few years to the new platform and team. I had an opportunity to test the Triumph at the most recent Jason DiSalvo Speed Academy event in late March, and the bike has extraordinary potential.
Not only will I be pulling double-duty this weekend at Road Atlanta, but I'll be debuting a brand new title sponsor for my XR1200 program! KLR Group, a full service investment bank focused on the natural resources sector, has stepped up to provide me with support for my efforts alongside GK Motorsports. I'm proud to be representing such reputable companies and look forward to offering them exposure in the series!
In addition to these partnerships, I will also be raising awareness for the Progeria Research Foundation (www.progeriaresearch.org). Progeria is a rare, fatal "rapid aging" genetic disease that afflicts children who usually die of heart disease by the age of 13. I want to do my best to educate people on this disease because not many people are aware of it's existence. We plan on having some Progeria children out to the races this year, and I hope to show them an experience that they will never forget by attending one of our events.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog! I'll stop by again after the Road Atlanta round this weekend to update all of you on my results.
In the meantime, be sure to check out my Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/kylewymanfanpage and follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kylewyman
See you at the track!
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