Making its first appearance on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway earlier this month, the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 class boasted its largest field to date and backed it up with a .016 second margin of victory. Next up for the big V-twin series is yet another debut, this time at Sonoma, California’s beautiful Infineon Raceway.
After dueling with veteran riders like former AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Champion Joe Kopp, former Daytona 200 winner Steve Rapp, and road race regular Chris Fillmore, it was RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing’s Kyle Wyman who took victory, a career first in the AMA Pro Road Race series for the 21-year-old New Yorker. The eldest of three racing Wyman brothers, Kyle led five of the seven laps en route to the inaugural Vance & Hines XR1200 Daytona win.
At the end of its 2010 five-round debut, Danny Eslick—- who’d been dominant in the championship with three consecutive wins—- took the first AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Championship. Kyle Wyman, meanwhile, was less obviously competitive, with a couple of fourth-place finishes adding up to his best results in the class. He was in fact outshone by his younger brother, Travis, who finished second overall in the championship thanks to second- and third-place results.
At Daytona, however, the brothers traded spots and then some. With the XR1200s more than delivering on their promise of great drafting action, the front group of riders swapped the lead via giant slingshot maneuvers lap after lap. When Kyle ultimately beat Fillmore to the line by just .016, it was Travis (fifth-place finisher in Daytona’s XR1200 event) who was first to congratulate his brother on the cool-down lap.
Kyle Wyman was joined on the podium by RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing teammate Chris Fillmore, and by the third-place finisher, Team Latus Motors Racing’s Joe Kopp. With more than twenty entries posted for the opening event of its first full season—- and with Daytona’s lead trio now in the sights of riders like Rapp, Travis Wyman, Tyler O’Hara, and many others—- look for Round 2 action to be even more intense.
AMA Pro Road Racing’s Round 2 runs May 13-15 at Infineon Raceway. For tickets and information, please visit www.infineonraceway.com.