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Tuesday 6 June 2023

MotoAmerica Mission King Of The Baggers

Kyle Wyman Scores a KOTB 1-3 for Harley; Rispoli Goes 3-2 for V&H

King Of The Baggers Rounds 5 & 6

Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle factory rider Kyle Wyman extended his MotoAmerica Mission King Of The Baggers points lead with a win on June 3 and a third place finish on June 4 at the recently repaved 4.048-mile Road America course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. 

Racing in front of a Harley-Davidson hometown crowd, Wyman rode the team's race-prepared Road Glide motorcycle to his fourth consecutive race victory on June 3, and battled his way to the podium on June 4 for a 1-3 that further extended his King Of The Baggers series points lead by 13 points.

"This was another strong weekend for the Factory Harley team," said Wyman. "It was great to get the win in front of all the Harley fans there, so close to headquarters in Milwaukee - and especially fun to have Willie G. Davidson there to see it."

In the five-lap Saturday race, Wyman sifted through the field on the first lap and locked onto the rear wheel of the race leader, Factory Indian rider Tyler O'Hara. O'Hara and Wyman pulled away from the field, with O'Hara's lead never more than 0.16 seconds. 

On the last lap, Wyman out-braked O'Hara into turn 8 - O'Hara ran wide through the turn and Wyman passed for the lead, opening a big enough gap to prevent O'Hara making a draft pass on the long uphill front straight to the finish. Wyman crossed the line 0.567 seconds clear of O'Hara. 

James Rispoli finished third on the Vance & Hines/Mission/H-D Road Glide. Travis Wyman finished sixth on the Factory Harley-Davidson Road Glide.

In Round 6 (June 4) pole sitter Bobby Fong got a great start on his Sacramento Mile/Roland Sands Indian and pulled away from the field. Behind him Kyle Wyman, Factory Indian rider Jeremy McWilliams, and Rispoli and Hayden Gillim on the Vance & Hines/Mission/H-D Road Glides battled for the entire five-lap race. 

McWilliams crashed out on the last lap. Wyman drafted past Gillim on the front straight run to the finish but could not quite catch Rispoli, who crossed the line just 0.01 seconds ahead to take second place. Gillim finished fourth followed by Travis Wyman.

After six of 14 rounds in the 2023 MotoAmerica Mission King Of The Baggers series, Kyle Wyman leads the championship with 116 points, followed by Rispoli with 103 points and Gillim with 89 points. O'Hara sits in fourth place with 81 points. Travis Wyman is in 10th place with 40 points.

Next up is Laguna Seca, July 7-9 at Monterey, California (WeatherTech Raceway - Rounds 7&8); Followed by Brainerd, Minnesota, July 29&30 (Rounds 9&10); Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas (Rounds 11&12, September 9&10), with the finale at the New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, New Jersey (Rounds 13&14, September 23&24).