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O’Hara made his intentions known when he stormed to pole by a margin of eight tenths of a second — or about the combined margin by which the three previous Vance & Hines XR1200 Series races were decided.
The Californian ripped free at the start and ultimately assembled a 4.261-second margin of victory over the eight-lap contest.
“Ever since we unloaded the bike off the truck it’s been awesome,” O’Hara said. “I rode here a few years ago on the Supermoto track and wanted to be out here. I’m just really comfortable on this track — it’s fast and flowing. I ran really hard tires and was comfortable out there sliding around. I put in a good charge at the beginning and just maintained the lead.”
O’Hara’s weekend performance saw him take a step forward in the title fight, as he became the first man of the developing three-way title fight to claim a second pole position and a second victory.
KLR Group/Vesrah Racing’s Kyle Wyman took second but wasn’t overly impressed to watch O’Hara run away out in front.
“My race was pretty lonely,” Wyman said. “I think it was lonely for all three of us, really. It’s about the most boring XR race you’re ever going to see.”
“Set-up was key this weekend for all of us and we all nailed it at three different plateaus, I think,” Wyman said. “I just can’t settle down. I made a big mistake and then I lost that initial time and then from there it was like, three-four seconds just stayed the same for the last half of the race, so I don’t know.”
Sonoma winner Michael Barnes finished a distant third, more than 12 seconds behind his race-winning Bartel’s Harley-Davidson teammate.
Barnes, who was struggling with the flu all week long, said “We just didn’t have the set-up to run with these guys. Just with the changing weather conditions, we just really didn’t get the right tire pressure and that’s basically what it boiled down to. We’re going to have to regroup and hope the weather cooperates a little bit better for us at Elkhart. We know how that goes.
“It’s a really long season and really right now we’re racing for money. We’re pretty much confident that we’re going to be in the chase at the end of the year. I would say that goes for all three of us. So right now it’s bragging rights and money and Tyler’s (O’Hara) leading, so we’ve got to work on that.”
XP Motorsports Michael Corbino finished in fourth while Kuryakyn/Racing for a Wish’s Gerry Signorelli rounded out the top five.
The multiple drafting opportunities presented by Road America generally make for thrilling XR1200 racing in Harley-Davidson’s home state. O’Hara heads to Wisconsin with a 16-point lead over Wyman (115-99) with Barnes only a further single point back