Witchkraft Racing Earns First Top-Ten Finish in Daytona SportBike
NEWS July 11, 2011
Photo by Marty Matuszak
July 11th, 2011 - Shelby, MI - Witchkraft Racing wrapped up a strong weekend with both Kyle Wyman and Jeff Wrobel in the Daytona Sportbike and Supersport classes during the sixth round of the AMA Pro Series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car course, held in Lexington, Ohio.
Wyman put in a great ride, finishing 9th and 11th respectively in Daytona Sportbike races one and two after qualifying 17th earlier in the weekend. This was Kyle's first time riding the Witchkraft Racing Yamaha R6 and his first time on a 600 within the past ten months. This was also Witchkraft Racing's first entry into the Daytona Sportbike class.
"I'm extremely happy with how the weekend went," said Kyle, "the Witchkraft team put a very competitive Yamaha R6 under me and I was able to come away with a couple of great results. It was a challenge, but I felt no pressure from the crew to perform - it gave me the mental edge to go out there and mix it up with the DSB guys again after so much time off. It was a great way to kick off the last leg of the season and I can't wait to get to VIR. Big thanks to Eddie, Joe and everyone who supported me this weekend for giving me such a fantastic opportunity!"
"What a great weekend", stated Crew Chief Joe Kraft. "We had a couple small hiccups early on that cost us a bit of time, but the entire team, including Kyle rebounded and made it happen once the flag dropped. Kyle put in two excellent results - especially for his first time on the bike. I couldn't be happier in working with Kyle - his feedback, level of professionalism and overall demeanor throughout the weekend were exceptional. He represented the team and all of our sponsors extremely well. I'd like to also thank Doug Cornett, Aaron Bagwell, Matt Kraft and everyone involved for their help throughout the entire weekend. The strength in the group of people we have is what makes all of this possible."
In the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Supersport class, Jeff Wrobel finished 14th and 9th place in races' one and two respectively. Sorting through setup issues early on in practice and qualifying, Jeff found a good setup and wrapped up the weekend with the team's best finish yet in the class, putting in his fastest laps by the end of the weekend.
A gamble on tire choice in Saturday's race helped dropped Jeff's times, but he was forced to manage tire wear midway through race one and salvage a 14th place finish. Adjusting tires and setup for Sunday, Jeff was able to drop even more time and move through the pack finishing inside the top ten to wrap up 9th place. While not only gaining the team's best finish in the class to date, he also moved himself into 10th place among the AMA Supersport East standings.
Witchkraft Racing would like to thank all of their sponsors for their support this season: Honda East of Toledo, SportbikeTrackGear.com DuPont, Oakley, Hanshaw Engines, 35 Motorsports, Pit Bull, Sharkskinz, Graves Motorsports, Dynojet, RS Taichi, Teknic, Bell Helmets, NGK Spark Plugs, Worldwide Bearings, Motul, GP Tech, Full Spectrum, Knox Armour, Three J's Wreck Tech, Trademark Custom Interiors, Motion Pro and Spiegler. For more information on the team, visit witchkraftracing.com.
Kyle would like to extend gratitude to his personal sponsors: Arai, Long Pond Autobody, Rev'It!, Sidi, Held, Kicker, AllAboutBikes, Webster Dental Group, 505bluesmusic.com, and RIVALUS. Visit Kyle's website at www.kylewymanracing.com.
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