New Jersey Motorsports Park Recap: AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series
NEWS September 14, 2012
Photo by Brian J Nelson
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 14, 2012) - The ever-intense AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series saw perhaps its most spectacular shootout of the season at the American Red Cross Devil's Showdown presented by Team ProMotion at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Seven riders went bar-to-bar for the entirety of the 12-lap affair, which wasn't decided until a dramatic championship-twisting final few corners.
Tyngsboro, Massachusetts native Shane Narbonne proved to be the home-track hero, outdueling the XR Showdown competitors to score his first-career GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing victory in the end.
However, it wasn't cemented until an attempted counterattack on the part of title favorite Kyle Wyman went catastrophically wrong.
Wyman attempted to put himself in position for a run off the race's final corner, but instead was bucked and then hurled off his Harley-Davidson XR1200 as his machine went tumbling off course.
In an instant, the KLR Group/Spyke's H-D/Vesrah Racing rider's hard-earned XR Showdown separation evaporated, effectively resetting the title chase once again.
"That's the worst wreck I've ever had and maybe one of the worst I've ever even seen," Wyman said. "I just can't believe this is the outcome."
Elated race winner Narbonne said, "I didn't even really know what lap it was, I just went to the front. I didn't see the white flag, I just went. It's good to win at my home track -- I've been working hard for this."
Wyman's teammate, Michael Barnes, took maximum advantage of the attention-grabbing crash, stealing three positions at the flag to move into second.
"What a battle," Barnes said. "So much passing going on and I even lost track of the laps for a minute. I dropped back to sixth at the start of the last lap. I caught [Jake] Holden pretty quick and just put my head down. When Kyle wrecked it opened a door. I was in fifth place and had a little more time to assess the situation in front of me. Benny (Carlson) and Tyler (O'Hara) had to jump on their brakes sooner. That gave me the momentum to get past them."
Bartel's Harley-Davidson's Tyler O'Hara was another key benefactor of Wyman's mistake, earning not just a podium result with his third-place finish, but renewed title hopes following his disappointing opening at Indianapolis.
While Suburban Harley-Davidson's Ben Carlson just missed the podium, his fourth-place run elevates him to the top of the XR Showdown standings with 1064 points. He doesn't have much breathing space, however, as Wyman (1062), O'Hara (1061), and Barnes (1060), are all within striking distance with just two races to decide the title.
MOB Racing's versatile Jake Holden finished in fifth, while Harv's Harley-Davidson's Travis Wyman was the last man in the leading pack to take the checkered flag in sixth, just over two seconds off the win.