Courtesy of AMA Pro Racing
Road America’s three long straights dashed any plans polesitter Tyler O’Hara had for making a second breakaway as he found himself caught up in a three-way drafting battle with his Bartel’s Harley-Davidson teammate, Michael Barnes, and Daytona race winner Kyle Wyman on the KLR Group/Vesrah Suzuki entry.
The three men traded positions repeatedly and brought three contrasting strategic approaches into the final lap. All were positioned where they thought they had the best possibility to win, but only Wyman was proven correct in his assement.
The youngster slotted into the lead to minimize the damage through his weakest corner, and then took advantage of his superior speed through the track’s final corners to successfully withstand an attempted drafting assault by the Bartel’s duo.
“It’s good to get the first win for our title sponsor, KLR Group, who came on after Daytona,” Wyman said. “It was a good race. I knew it was going to be the three of us dicing it up. I figured out that I was pretty quick through the last few corners of the racetrack but very week in the Carousel. I figured if I could be out front at the end of the Carousel I’d be all right to the finish. I knew I could get a good drive out of the last corner. I led the whole last lap and it worked out to plan.”
While falling short in his attempt to slingshot past Wyman by just 0.157, Barnes held off O’Hara at the flag to shuffle the championship leader back to third and further tighten the title race. O’Hara now leads with 138 to Wyman’s 129 and Barnes’ 123.