Travis Wyman, Tyler O’Hara battle for the MotoAmerica King of the Baggers title

MotoAmerica King Baggers

In their third year, the MotoAmerica King of the Baggers series is positioned to become one of the most competitive divisions on one of the most unique looking bikes in competition. And they owe the tight battle to a dramatic come-from-behind run by Travis Wyman.

Stock car racing was built on the principle that fans wanted to see race vehicles that looked like the one they drove on the street. One equivalent in motorcycles is the MotoAmerica’s King of the Baggers series. That is not to imply these are stock bikes. Heavily modified engines, suspensions and other mechanicals make these true racing machines, but the Harley Davidson Road Glide and Indian Challenger that hit the track allow the everyday rider to visualize what their bikes would look like zooming around some of America’s iconic raceways.

The term baggers comes from the saddlebags each bike carries – and the bags are more than simply decorative. They change the balance of the bike and make for some twitchy corners, which in turn creates more passing opportunities.

Putting aside the uniqueness of these bikes, the proof of concept ultimately comes down to competitiveness. And that is where this division has exceled in its short existence.

Five riders have won in the first six rounds of the seven-race series. The rider with multiple wins, Kyle Wyman, was disqualified from the most recent race this past weekend for spilling oil onto Brainerd (Minn.) International Raceway. That effectively took him out of the running.

Meanwhile, his brother Travis earned his third consecutive podium finish and turned a one-point deficit entering Round 6 in the championship standings into a three-point lead.

For the new points leader, this has been a charge from behind. Finishing second to Tyler O’Hara in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, Race 2 on that track cost him dearly. Wyman’s fifth to O’Hara’s second, left him with a 14-point deficit exiting the first pair of races. That grew to 20 points in April by the time the series tackled Road America.

Wyman’s first win of the season in Round 4 allowed him to erase some of the deficit. Three consecutive finishes of first or second gave him the lead and momentum.

With a five-point difference between first and second in the MotoAmerica King of the Baggers classification and another four points to third, Wyman’s late-season charge sets the stage for the finale in September at New Jersey Motorsports Park to be a winner-take-all race.

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SuperMotocross set to introduce Leader Lights beginning with the World Championship finals


In a continuing effort to help fans keep track of the on track action, SuperMotocross is in the process of developing and implementing leader lights for the unified series.

Currently Supercross (SMX) utilizes stanchions in the infield that are triggered manually by a race official. At least two stanchions are used in each race as a way to draw the eye to the leader, which is especially useful in the tight confines of the stadium series when lapping often begins before the halfway mark in the 22-bike field. This system has been in place for the past two decades.

Later this year, a fully automated system will move to the bike itself to replace the old system. At that point, fans will be able to identify the leader regardless of where he is on track.

The leader lights were tested in the second Anaheim round this year. An example can be seen at the 1:45 mark in the video above on the No. 69 bike.

“What we don’t want to do is move too fast, where it’s confusing to people,” said Mike Muye, senior director of operations for Supercross and SMX in a press release. “We’ve really just focused on the leader at this point with the thought that maybe down the road we’ll introduce others.”

Scheduled to debut with the first SuperMotocross World Championship race at zMax Dragway, located just outside the Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 3D carbon fiber-printed LED light will be affixed to each motorcycle. Ten timing loops positioned around the track will trigger the lights of the leader, which will turn green.

SMX’s partner LiveTime Scoring helped develop and implement the system that has been tested in some form or fashion since 2019.

When the leader lights are successfully deployed, SuperMotocross will explore expanding the system to identify the second- and third-place riders. Depending on need and fan acceptance, more positions could be added.

SuperMotocross is exploring future enhancements, including allowing for live fan interaction with the lights and ways to use the lighting system during the race’s opening ceremony.