Syahrin shines at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on PETRONAS KWR XR1200, Barnes sits 3rd in XR Showdown

NEWS August 20, 2013

Syahrin shines at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on PETRONAS KWR XR1200, Barnes sits 3rd in XR Showdown

Photo by Brian J Nelson

Courtesy of Kyle Wyman Racing:

Frankfort, Ind. (August 20, 2013) -- KWR rider Hafizh Syahrin rode his PETRONAS XR1200 to a convincing win Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, drafting veteran Steve Rapp to the line and besting him by a scant .039 seconds to follow his impressive third place result on Saturday.

Syahrin came into the Indianapolis having never ridden the track nor a Harley-Davidson XR1200, but the 19-year old Malaysian made quick work of the unfamiliar circumstances to triumph over a number of AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series regulars.

"I am very happy to have a 3rd place in the first race and a win in the second race," Syahrin said of his debut race in the United States. "The XR1200 is a fun bike to ride. The bike is very heavy but the power is very smooth and I am thankful for the support from PETRONAS and Kyle Wyman to have an opportunity to race."

Sunday's contest quickly turned into a 10-lap game of cat and mouse when Syahrin and Rapp broke away from the field early, uncharacteristically gapping the large-pack draft that has become all too familiar in XR1200 racing.

"With two laps to go I gave Steve Rapp a little gap so I could make a last lap push," said Syahrin. "I didn't want to pass him before the last lap, so as to make him think he could win. Then I passed him in the slipstream to the flag and I am so happy to have the win."

Reigning AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series champion and teammate to Syahrin, Michael Barnes, finished the weekend with 7th and 5th place results in races one and two, respectively. Barnes now sits 3rd in this year's championship points standings, the XR Showdown, which awards a $60,000 year-end points fund to finishers in the top 10.

"My qualifying crash had us off course a little with our setup," Barnes said, "But after Saturday's race laps we found a better setup for race two and came away with a top five. I'm not happy with missing the podium both races to start out the XR Showdown, but with the wild card riders that came in and stole points from some of the other guys I feel good about sitting in third and putting in a final push in the last two rounds on my Spyke's Harley-Davidson."

Young Arkansan Hayden Shultz, another Spyke's/KWR rider, found his way into 6th-7th results in each race during his Indianapolis debut.

"We had some bad luck in practice and qualifying," said the 16-year old Shultz. "We had a couple miscues that took away some valuable track time. Since I was new to the circuit, it was tough learning the track under those circumstances, but luckily my Spyke's/KWR crew was able to turn it around for us and riding across the Brickyard is something that I will never forget."

AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Race 1 results from Indianapolis:

1. Jeremy McWilliams
2. Tyler Ohara
3. Hafizh Syahrin (KWR)
4. Steve Rapp
5. Travis Wyman
6. Hayden Shultz (KWR)
7. Michael Barnes (KWR)
8. Shane Narbonne
9. Gage McAllister
10. Eric Stump

15. Sam Rozynski (KWR)
19. Shelina Moreda (KWR)
22. Nadieh Schoots (KWR)
25. Dave Rhinehart (KWR)
30. Mike Henao (KWR)

AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Race 2 results from Indianapolis:

1. Hafizh Syahrin (KWR)
2. Steve Rapp
3. Travis Wyman
4. Benjamin Carlson
5. Michael Barnes (KWR)
6. Shane Narbonne
7. Hayden Shultz (KWR)
8. Gage McAllister
9. Eric Stump
10. Barrett Long

16. Mike Henao (KWR)
17. Sam Rozynski (KWR)
20. Shelina Moreda (KWR)
21. Nadieh Schoots (KWR)
24. Dave Rhinehart (KWR)


The AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson series will continue at New Jersey Motorsports Park, September 14-15, 2013.

For XR1200 leasing opportunities with Kyle Wyman Racing, please contact

About Kyle Wyman Racing:
KWR was established in 2011 by Kyle Wyman as a racing operations corporation focused on sustainable motorcycle racing ventures in the AMA Pro Road Racing Series. KWR currently operates the Millennium Technologies Triumph Daytona Sportbike Team, KWR/Spyke's H-D XR1200 Racing Team and the KWR XR1200 Rental Program.

PETRONAS, the acronym for Petroliam Nasional Berhad, was incorporated on 17 August 1974 and is vested with the ownership and control of the petroleum resources in Malaysia. Fully-owned by the Malaysian government, PETRONAS operates like a multinational petroleum corporation with sound business management practices and principles guided by a complementary set of mission, vision and values. Engaged in a wide spectrum of oil and gas operations domestically and internationally; its activities include exploration and production (E&P) to downstream oil refining; marketing and distribution of petroleum products; gas processing and liquefaction; gas transmission pipeline network operations; marketing of liquefied natural gas (LNG); petrochemical manufacturing and marketing; trading; shipping; and property investment. Over the years, PETRONAS has grown to become a fully-integrated oil and gas corporation with expanding business in Malaysia and overseas. Ranked among FORTUNE Global 500® largest corporations in the world, PETRONAS has presence in more than 30 countries worldwide in its aspiration to be a leading oil and gas multinational of choice.

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