Wyman follows victory with runner-up finish at Red Bull Moto GP

Wyman follows victory with runner-up finish at Red Bull Moto GP

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 19) -- Championship points leader Kyle Wyman rode to a runner-up finish in Sunday's second AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series race of the weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Combined with Saturday's victory at the Red Bull Moto GP, Wyman now has a nine-point advantage in the championship points with just three events left on the schedule.

"We did what we needed to do today," Wyman said. "I'm stoked for everyone with the KLR Group and Spyke's Harley-Davidson who were here with us this weekend. Their support is the reason we're able to race and it means a lot for me to deliver them results like what we had this weekend."

Following Tyler O'Hara over the finish line, Wyman out-rode Benny Carlson and Bobby Fong in the final lap around the 16-turn, 2.6-mile circuit to take second place.

O'Hara had been in a pitched battle for the lead with Patrick Jacobsen, and the two had managed to separate from Wyman, Carlson and Fong. But Jacobsen cut a corner too close and went down, allowing several riders to pass. The chase was on from there and without a drafting partner O'Hara was coming pack to the pack. However, there weren't enough laps left for him to be caught and he took the win with a few seconds to spare.

"We were bearing down on Tyler," Wyman said. "But he had enough of a cushion to stay out front. Good for him. He had some bad luck yesterday so I'm glad he had a clean race today. I expect we'll be seeing more of him as the season winds down.

"It's a pretty incredible feeling to win at Indy, especially in front of the Moto GP crowd. To win Indy and Daytona in the same year is something you dream about but I don't know that you ever expect it to really happen. I have a great crew behind me with my dad (Bob Wyman), uncle Bill (Wyman), Paul Diener and Jason Jones. Tim Ivanoff and Elvis (Phillip Johns) also jumped in and helped this weekend and that made a huge difference. It's awesome to kiss the bricks with all those guys by my side."

New teammate Michael Barnes followed Saturday's fourth-place finish with fifth-place result Sunday.

The rankings show Wyman with 1,055 points, followed by Carlson (1,046), O'Hara (1,040), Michael Corbino (1,036) and Barnes (1,034).

Up next is the American Red Cross Devils Showdown presented by Team ProMotion, Sept. 7-9 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J. 

Dusty Brandel

President of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association, Inc. Worked with Mike Hollander since Tapsis, Compuserve, etc. and has posted to the website since the beginning. First Female photo-journalist to be given a garage and pit pass for the NASCAR garage, 1972 at Ontario Motor Speedway. One of first seven female writers, photographers given access to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway garage and pits in 1971. Past President of Greater Los Angeles Press Club, 1992-96, and first female editor of the 8-Ball publication for the Press Club

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