Travis Wyman overcame a debilitating sickness in MotoAmerica Round 9 at Pittsburgh last weekend, claiming his fifth Yuasa Stock 1000 podium of the season and finishing second in a breathtaking race for the lead.
The Bilmola USA rider started the weekend off strong, topping the timesheets in free practice and then placing himself second in the first qualifying session. As his illness began to take its toll, Travis sat out second qualifying, though his earlier time put him on the outside of the front row. Despite feeling drained and unwell, Travis ran in second for most of Race 1, before slipping back to fourth.
Race 2 was different and dramatic. Though not completely over his sickness, Travis held his position off the line and looked confident as he engaged in an early four-way fight at the front. Halfway through the 11-lap race, three bikes were clear of the field, with Travis pushing through to second and challenging for the lead. Travis placed himself third for the final three laps and, in a final push, came through to second, crossing the line less than 15 hundredths back from the race winner.
Racing a superbike at a professional level when sick and low on energy is a huge ask, but Travis Wyman proved yet again that he has the grit to push through when the stakes are high. His 33-point haul from the weekend keeps him third in the Stock 1000 standings and in championship contention with two rounds remaining.
Travis will be lining up again in MotoAmerica Round 10 at New Jersey on September 9-11. It will be a busy and crucial weekend as he progresses his Stock 1000 campaign and goes into the final round of Mission King of the Baggers as championship leader. We’ll see you there!