Kyle Wyman wins New Jersey King of the Baggers as Tyler O’Hara takes the title

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Kyle Wyman scored his third win in the seven-round Mission King of the Baggers series, but it wasn’t enough to catch Tyler O’Hara in the points’ standings as the Indian Challenger finished 0.655 seconds behind in the runner-up position.

With rain soaking New Jersey Motorsports Park, three riders entered the season finale with a mathematical chance to win. O’Hara had a one-point lead heading into the penultimate round in Brainerd, Minn. and finished third before losing out to Travis Wyman in second. With a five-point gap from first to second and another four points back to third, the New Jersey race had a winner take all feel – so long as nothing went wrong between the top two contenders.

And if that happened, last year’s champion Kyle Wyman was in position to steal their thunder and keep the red plate affixed to his Harley-Davidson Road Glide.

The three title contenders got off the line together. In spite of the wet conditions, they pushed one another hard through the opening circuit. On Lap 2, Travis exited the picture after hitting a slick patch and dumping his bike. He managed to regain his mount in muddy, wet conditions but could not ride forward from ninth.

The crew tried to single that O’Hara’s main competition was out of the race, but the mist of war, (and of course, the rain), kept him from seeing the pit board.

And so, the attention focused on the leaders once again with Kyle withstanding pressure from O’Hara.

With a 20-second gap on the field, O’Hara needed only to finish where he rode. His competitive spirit almost got the best of him as he experienced a dodgy moment in the final laps before deciding discretion was the best course of action. As O’Hara crossed the line, his left saddlebag popped open in celebration to wave at the crowd.

On the strength of one win, two second-place finishes, five total podiums and a worst result of fourth, O’Hara beat Travis Wyman by 10 points.

“I had no idea that Travis was out, to tell you the truth,” O’Hara said. “I was really just trying to stay present and focused on the task at hand and my breathing. Kyle was slowing us down a little bit, and I was looking at my board that said +five [lengths] and then +1.2 [seconds], but I really had no idea Travis was out. Then we got a little bit sporty with Kyle there and I backed it down a little. Did what I had to do to get the job done today.”

The New Jersey race winner, Kyle Wyman finished third in the standings.

“What a nerve-racking deal,” Wyman said. “Having rain in New Jersey is never fun and I don’t ever want to that again. A hard seven laps but the bike felt pretty good. I’m really bummed that my brother crashed out, but I’m sure he was giving it his all like he always does – and as I always do.”

Michael Barnes rounded out the podium with his first of the season. This came on the heels of a fourth in Round 6 at Brainerd.

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Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.


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