It was a successful second round of the 2022 MotoAmerica Superbike championship for the Tytlers Racing team at Road Atlanta, the squad coming away with a podium, two fourth places and a sixth position from the two races courtesy of riders Hector Barbera and Kyle Wyman, who was drafted in at the last minute to replace PJ Jacobsen who was forced to miss the event through sickness.
Spanish rider Barbera was once again in the mix from the opening session of the event, eventually qualifying fifth before racing to a double P4 finish. The results elevated the #80 into fourth overall after the opening four races.
Former Superbike racer Kyle Wyman was an obvious choice for the team when it was clear that PJ Jacobsen would be unable to take part in the weekend. Kyle took full advantage of the opportunity, powering to a podium finish in third on Sunday, the first for the all-new BMW M1000 RR in a Superbike race in the US, after an impressive sixth on Saturday.
Stock1000 riders Corey Alexander and Travis Wyman were also in action in both Superbike races. The pair finished seventh and tenth in the opening nineteen lap encounter before crossing the line sixth and eighth in race two, respectively.
The third round of the series is at VIR in three weeks.
Hector Barbera:“I was happy with the weekend. We are not 100% in terms of the setting I need but we are not too far away. It was good to be able to fight for the podium and the team is working fantastic. In race two I finished fourth again and whilst I am happy for the team of course I am a little disappointed that I missed the podium again after being so close. The BMW M1000 RR is a great bike, but I was losing too much time in the first sector but it’s all part of the learning process that me and the team are going through. We have a test before VIR, and I am confident that we will make another step there and be even stronger in the next races.”
Kyle Wyman:“I am super happy and still in a little bit of disbelief after the result in race two on Sunday. Prior to the weekend I had no idea that I would be back on the Superbike grid. I was unable to sleep much no Thursday night, thinking about so many things and I am just so glad that it all worked out. It was a pleasure to work with the entire team. We made a lot of changes and by the time we lined up for race two it was a completely different motorcycle than I had ridden earlier in the weekend. I had a great start, but the red flag was a bit of a blessing to be honest and I think it helped as I time during the stoppage to understand that I could push from the off. I had a great battle with Hector and Richie. It went down to the wire, and I was able to hang on and take the final spot on the podium. I am so grateful for the opportunity and to be able to give the team their first superbike podium is great. It’s never nice to have to replace an injured or sick rider and I hope that PJ is healthy for VIR, and I wish him and the team all the best for the rest of the season.”