Wyman qualifies KLR Group Harley in provisional No. 2 slot at Mid-Ohio
NEWS July 14, 2012
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Geiger Media, on behalf of KLR Group:
LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 14, 2012) - KLR Group Harley-Davidson rider Kyle Wyman took the provisional No. 2 position for Sunday's Vance & Hines XR1200 Series race at the Buckeye Superbike Weekend.
On the final lap of qualifying at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Wyman thought he was on a run good enough to land on the provisional pole, but he fell .166 seconds shy of Michael Barnes.
"Last lap I thought was going to be close," Wyman said. "I knew I had left some time out there, because there's one segment of the track where I need to pick up the pace."
Barnes took the provisional pole with a best lap of 1 minute, 36.234 seconds with Wyman's last lap dash clocking in at 1:36.400.
"There's a one-second gap between me and Barnsie and third place," Wyman said. "It looks like the race is going to be another two-man battle like it was in Alabama. I'm looking forward to dueling with another guy through the whole race."
There will be another qualifying session on Sunday morning before the race, but Wyman said the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has a different personality in the mornings.
"I really wanted to get on the pole and get those bonus points," Wyman said. "This track gets very slick in the mornings, so I can't see anyone making a lot of moves during the morning session tomorrow. I'm happy we've got the pace to be at the front."
Wyman said the plan during the morning session will be to work on his riding more than bike setup.
"Every once in a while I find when I'm struggling with something, I'll try to get back to basics," Wyman said. "I just say, 'Forget the setup, what can I do as a rider to improve?'
"Because things are so different here in the morning, there isn't much to learn about setup. We might make a change in the wrong direction if we try to tune it for the morning. I'm just going to figure where I can find that extra time I need."
The second qualifier gets under way at 8:30 a.m. EDT at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with the 11-lap race starting at 12:30 p.m. SPEED TV will broadcast the race live.
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