August 22nd 2012
On this FIM MotoGP and AMA Pro XR1200 combined weekend where ferrous metal meets resin’d fibers, the XR1200 class had it’s one and only double header of the season, treating international fans to an entertaining show of the history of motorcycle racing. Taking place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the world’s largest spectator sporting facility, according to its own pontificated proclamation – racer Kyle Wyman won Saturday’s Race One of the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 class, and took second in Sunday’s Race Two, rounding out the weekend with the points lead for the season on his Öhlins equipped KLR Group XR1200.
This win in Saturday’s podium sweep by Öhlins riders was the result of a race-shortening red flag, cutting the official count to five laps. The race leader prior to the red flag was credited with causing the waving of said crimson-colored textile, and so he was docked to the back of the pack. Wyman was a victim of the oiled track, crashing his way into the win as numerous front-running riders hit the petroleumed pavement. Trophyed for the first time, Benjamin Carlson earned second place while Michael Corbino was salaried with third, each also on Öhlins.
In Sunday’s race it was a close battle to the closing yards, with Wyman taking second only a second-plus behind the race winner, shown at the line just 1.891 arrears. Carlson is credited with third in a caliper to crankcase finish, rounding out the podium and giving both Wyman and Carlson two podiums for the weekend.
Three rounds remain in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 championship, with points so close that the battle may come down the final lap of the final round. Check your locals listings for dates and times to view the races at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Homestead-Miami Speedway, and the new NOLA Motorsports Park located outside the new New Orleans; these last two rounds strangely occurring at racing facilities born from the rains of hurricanes.
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