The top ten XR1200 riders had their points reset to 1000 each, going into the final five races with a clean slate in the battle for the number one plate and $60,000 year-end prize.
The AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series returns for a doubleheader at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The event is the only doubleheader of the year and marks the beginning of the XR Showdown. The top ten riders had their points reset to 1000 each, leveling the playing field as they fight for the number one plate and the $60,000 year-end prize through the final five races of the season.
Some new faces and veterans of AMA Pro Racing will be included in the event at Indy. MOB Racing welcomes back Steve Crevier and PJ Jacobsen and included Christian Cronin as a first-time entry. Jacobsen won his first XR1200 race in 2010 at New Jersey Motorsports Park and took third in the final race of that season at Barber. AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike rider Bobby Fong will ride for Suburban Motors Harley-Davison and Josh Guyer is on the grid for Harley-Davidson of Bloomington.
During the first practice session on Friday, Jacobsen proved he is still a contender for a top-three finish, posting the top time of the day ahead of JCR’s Tyler O’Hara. Fong’s XR1200 teammate Benjamin Carlson was third-fastest and KLR Group’s Kyle Wyman and Michael Barnes took fourth and fifth respectively.
O’Hara, Barnes and Kyle Wyman have dominated the podium all season to this point and O’Hara was in top form during testing at Indy a week prior to the doubleheader. Though he wasn’t at the top of the timesheet, he comes in having gone 1-3 at same event last year.
“Everything was really good, we had a really good day with setup and I felt comfortable, that’s the main thing,” O’Hara said after the official series test at The Brickyard. “I’m having a lot of fun, happy to be at Indy. It feels really good, the test was very productive and we made a lot of good changes.”
O’Hara will have his work cut out though as Jacobsen was fastest once again in the first qualifying session of the round. Kyle Wyman followed in second, 1.412 seconds off the lead pace. O’Hara held to third just fraction of a second behind with Carlson and Kurakyn’s Gerry Signorelli taking fourth and fifth respectively.
“It’s great to be here — Indy is a famous place,” Jacobsen said. “I just can’t thank my team, MOB Racing/K Tech/Orient Express, enough and everyone who put me here. It’s good because I have a little break, being over from the BSB, so it’s good to be here with the AMA to just have some fun.
“I was surprised by the gap; I thought it was going to be a little bit closer than that. But Kyle, Tyler, and ‘Barney’ have been riding real hard all year — I’ve been watching the video — so I’m not counting them out at in the race tomorrow or Sunday. It’s going to be fun.”
Barnes logged the sixth-fastest time with Longevity Racing’s Barrett Long following in seventh and Harv’s Harley-Davidson’s Travis Wyman taking eighth. XP Motorsports’ Michael Corbino was ninth and Parts Unlimited’s Michael Beck rounded out the top ten.
Tyler O’Hara has dominated the XR1200 class, taking three wins and finishing on the podium in every race so far.
XR1200 Indianapolis Qualifying 2012:
1. PJ Jacobsen 1’54.984
2. Kyle Wyman 1’56.396
3. Tyler O’Hara 1’56.767
4. Benjamin Carlson 1’56.962
5. Gerry Signorelli 1’57.252
6. Michael Barnes 1’57.272
7. Barrett Long 1’57.718
8. Travis Wyman 1’57.885
9. Michael Corbino 1’58.050
10. Michael Beck 1’58.403
11. David Estok 1’58.465
12. Shane Narbonne 1’58.590
13. Steve Crevier 1’58.894
14. Bobby Fong 1’59.276
15. Josh Chisum 1’59.451