Triumph Superbike Classic Recap: AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Recap
NEWS June 28, 2012
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NEWS June 28, 2012
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 28, 2012) - For the second race in a row, KLR Group/Vesrah Racing's Kyle Wyman won out in a final lap duel to claim the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series victory at Barber Motorsports Park.
The win came following a titanic dogfight with title leader and polesitter Tyler O'Hara on the Bartel's Harley-Davidson XR1200 after the two made an early escape from the field.
The narrow victory sees Wyman further tighten the title fight thanks to his three victories, the most in the field. O'Hara still leads at 165, but Wyman is lurking and increasingly drawing nearer, now at 159.
"It was huge to have the KLR Group at the race and I really wanted to get a win for them," Wyman said. "It was a great. It was a good race at the front -- a lot of dicing and battling. There were different places on the track where (Tyler) was a little bit stronger and other places where I was stronger and I just tried to make the most of those and be there at the end. It all paid off for me."
O'Hara said, "We just diced it up the whole race. My goal this weekend was to have a full performance and have no regrets and that's what we did."
Michael Barnes has typically been the third part of a three-man fight for supremacy upfront, but found himself just attempting to minimize the damage at Barber Motorsports Park.
Putting together a new program midseason, Barnes turned up in Birmingham, Ala. as part of the MOB Racing team. His new bike wasn't fully sorted and while 'Barney' was struggling with the suspension all weekend long, he somehow managed to hold down third.
It took a big effort to do so, however, as he was constantly forced to fight off David Estok (Ruthless Racing Inc.), Gerry Signorelli (Kuryakyn) and Shane Narbonne (Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson) to do so.
Estok made a run on Barnes at the flag but came up 0.146 seconds short of the podium, while Signorelli and Narbonne were victims of the intense multi-rider fight in the sweltering conditions, both men crashing out late in the race.
Narbonne's teammate, Ben Carlson, inherited the final spot in the top five as a result.
Barnes said, "I just kept pushing as hard as I could -- as hard as the motorcycle would allow me to push. I'm disappointed with not being up there fighting for the win, but that's part of my transition and acclimation to my new team as we get things sorted out."