Rider Blog: Kyle Wyman
NEWS July 24, 2012
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Kyle Wyman:
(July 24, 2012) - With a big break ahead of me, it's very easy to reflect on the season I've had so far. We have five weeks off while we wait for the XR Showdown to start at Indianapolis, and I can't believe how fast we've gotten here. It seems like just a few weeks ago I was loading up for Daytona, heading south in my pickup truck with only the budget for one race. Now we are seven races into the season already?! Man, how time flies.
This has been one of the most fun and rewarding seasons of my life. It's quite incredible how things have changed in just four months time. From having one bike and a few small sponsors, the crew consisting of my Dad and my Uncle, to now having a full blown team - complete with five motorcycles, an XR1200 Rental Program, the best crew I could ask for and the most passionate sponsors in the business.
I have always had aspirations of being a team owner. I find satisfaction in working with and pleasing sponsors and helping companies achieve their marketing goals in racing. At the same time, the fact that I am building the brand of 'Kyle Wyman Racing' is merely a bonus, and today is a particularly special day in that we announced the addition of a full-time teammate, Michael Barnes.
I think this is just another great step for me and will be a valuable learning experience when it comes to team management. It's very easy to portray the image you want through your rider when you, yourself, are the rider. Now I've added another rider to the mix, with hopes of expanding the reach of KLR Group, Spyke's Harley-Davidson and all of my incredible sponsors that make it all possible. Four months ago I could have never imagined I would have the opportunities that I am graced with now, so for that I am extremely grateful.
Now, onto the racing portion. The last event we were at was Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course just a week and a half ago where I finished 2nd. I've been on the podium seven times in seven races, which is a huge personal accomplishment for me, as I only had three total podium finishes in all of the 2011 season.
The pressure was essentially off at Mid-Ohio - the points were pretty much set for the XR Showdown, so it was merely a dress rehearsal for what is to come at Indianapolis and the remaining rounds thereafter.
I'm really looking forward to the XR Showdown. It's going to be an all-out battle from start to finish, with the champion taking home #1 plate honors and a $25,000 check. I think it's safe to say that the stakes are pretty high, and I plan on working as hard as I can to be the best rider possible and put myself in a position to win the championship. For all that my sponsors and crew have done for me, I plan to give it my all and leave nothing on the table in return.
So if you are reading this, and maybe you've never checked out a Vance & Hines XR1200 race, now is a better time than ever. We are going to put on one hell of a show, so prepare yourself for some of the most intense racing you've ever seen!
Thanks for reading!
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