Kyle Wyman Blog - September 15, 2012
NEWS September 15, 2012
I'm a happy camper these days, for many reasons, but one of those reasons seems to stand out above all at this point. We're racing!
At this time last year, we were done for the season. NJMP was the last race of the year on Labor Day weekend, and we packed our stuff into the trailers for the last time and dwindled into the gloomy off season with only the thoughts of next year's Daytona event keeping us breathing throughout the long winter.
This year, it's different! There's two more rounds left, next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and the season finale, (in OCTOBER!), coming up at the all-new NOLA Motorsports Park. I must say, it's great to have the season extended into October especially for someone who lives off this stuff. With a month shorter off season this winter, I'm really looking forward to Daytona already - but we've still got work to do.
Last weekend at NJMP was the best XR1200 race of the season. In addition to the traditional competitors of the XR1200 series, it was a 7 rider battle at the front. It looked like your typical AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike race! It was the most fun race of the season, up until the last lap...
There were so many lead changes going on in the front pack that it was actually hard for me to figure out what lap we were on, but I knew with a short 12-lap main event it would come down to the white flag quick. After qualifying a solid 2nd behind my KLR Group teammate Michael Barnes, the race was going my way and I found myself in 3rd on the last lap. I made a quick move to take second, and set my sights on the leader.
Now - I'm a racer - and racers don't like to finish second. I know hindsight is 20-20, but at the time on that last lap I was pretty well sucked into the moment and didn't even consider the outcome of the championship points chase - I wanted to win.
The leader was Shane Narbonne, who is completely out of the XR Showdown points championship. If I had settled for second place, I would have obtained maximum points for the Showdown competitors, and would have stretched my comfortable lead even more. Again, in hindsight, that would have been ideal.
Instead, my instincts got the best of me and I had the biggest crash of my career, just two corners short of the finish line. I was confident that I'd be able to draft Shane to the line, as I had done it to many different riders throughout the race - ultimately getting the bonus point for most laps led. Unfortunately I ended up on the ground and saw an array of parts scattered behind me like a yard sale. (yes, this one trumped the Indianapolis pile up in terms of damage)
The points are essentially tied up now, but I have no regrets. I am happier now that I tried and failed, rather than settling for anything less than the top spot on the podium. I'm also really happy for Shane to get his first career AMA Pro victory. Shane and I have been racing against each other since we were tiny kids in the amateur dirt track ranks (see photo from Cycle News).
I have a mild concussion and some bruises, but I'll be ready to go for Homestead next weekend where we'll continue the XR Showdown. Thanks for reading!
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