Strong Second Place Finish for Wyman in Daytona Season Opener
NEWS March 16, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of KWR:
Daytona Beach, Fla. (March 17, 2013) - Revolution Performance rider Kyle Wyman rode to a solid second place finish on Friday in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series opener at Daytona International Speedway. Wyman nearly bested the 11-rider lead pack and earned his 12th-career Harley-Davidson podium result.
"It was a crazy race," said Wyman. "There was a huge pack of us all strung together, and the drafting made it impossible for anybody to break away. I just wanted to try to put myself in the right place at the right time on that last run to the stripe.
"Hats off to my Revolution Performance/Millennium Technologies guys, because they assembled a great motorcycle for me," Wyman added. "Along with Ballistic Performance Components and Spyke's Harley-Davidson, we all kind of came together to assemble this program last minute, but the strength of our team was reflected in our results. I love coming to Daytona, and it feels really good to score another podium finish."
Wyman, a two-time winner of this event, rode strategically throughout the 7-lap final. With riders swapping positions at every turn, he found himself in every position between first and tenth at different times in the race. He eventually finished a mere 0.075 seconds behind winner Tyler O'Hara, just missing short of a third consecutive victory at Daytona.
"Coming out of the final chicane on the last lap, I was in seventh place," Wyman said. "That's right where I wanted to be. With only seven laps to figure things out, I knew time was of the essence, and over the course of those laps I had figured out that I wanted to be in the fifth-to-seventh range there to give myself the best shot at victory.
"Everything seemed to be playing in my favor, and I grabbed the lead as we tipped into the tri-oval, but Tyler came around me with just a few feet to spare. It was a really close finish. I want to personally thank each and every rider in that pack for playing it safe, because a lot of things can go wrong when we're riding that close at 150mph. It was a lot of fun."
Wyman currently sits second in the overall Harley-Davidson points series, yet has no plans of competing in any additional rounds. He is seeking sponsorship to continue.
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