Kyle Wyman was awarded victory after officals determined PJ Jacobsen caused a red flag to be thrown in Race 1 of the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 doubleheader at Indy.
An uncharacteristic finish to the AMA Vance & Hines XR1200 Race 1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway found MOB Racing’s PJ Jacobsen in the lead position when a red flag was flown with five laps remaining due to oil on the track. This decision was later over turned after officials reviewd the bikes, tapes and photographs and determined Jacobsen’s bike was the cause of the red flag which came after a large pile-up on Lap 6 due to fluids on the track. The contest was called due to the incident, and though Jacobsen was awarded the provisional win, the final decision gave KLR Group’s Kyle Wyman the victory after moving Jacobsen to last place. Suburban Harley-Davidson’s Benjamin Carlson moved up to second and XP Motorsports’ Michael Corbino rounded out the podium.
Jacobsen has been a dominant presence at Indy since practice and qualifying began, posting top times in every session of the doubleheader weekend so far. JCR’s Tyler O’Hara, one of the power-house riders of the 2012 series, struggled to set the pace but came out early in Race 1 and held the lead. Jacobsen followed close behind and the two battled back and forth though the opening laps. O’Hara then slipped way back in the pack after lowsiding and remounting, down to 13th, just a few laps before the red flag was thrown.
“Tyler went down three or four laps in, and I was thinking I was in a pretty good position. P.J.’s not in the chase, and I had a gap back to third, so I figured we’d start settling in,” said Wyman. “But I looked up in Turn 10 and saw P.J. on the ground ahead of me and before I knew it, I was on the ground too. It’s not the way you want to end the race, but I can’t say enough about my KLR Group Harley — it was working great. We’ve had a little bit of a struggle trying to find the chassis set-up with the tire change last weekend. We’re making progress, and I’m glad to get a result.”
This marks the first race of 2012 in which the trio of O’Hara, Kyle Wyman and KLR Group’s Michael Barnes haven’t populated the podium. Carlson and Wyman gained points toward the XR Showdown, as did Corbino and Barnes, who took fourth. MotoSport Plus’ Steve Crevier took fifth, but isn’t contesting the Showdown, nor is sixth place finisher Bobby Fong of Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson.
Tyler O’Hara (29) and PJ Jacobsen (99) battled for the lead before O”Hara lowsided and fell to 13th in Race 1 at Indy.
XR1200 Indianapolis Race 1 Results:
1. Kyle Wyman
2. Benjamin Carlson
3. Michael Corbino
4. Michael Barnes
5. Steve Crevier
6. Bobby Fong
7. Michael Beck
8. Travis Wyman
9. Shane Narbonne
10. David Estok
11. Barrett Long
12. Tyler O’Hara
13. Josh Chisum
14. Paul Schwemmer