UPDATE: Technical issues continued to vex the Ducati Richmond/KWR Ducati Team on Friday at the Ridge Motorsports Park. Kyle Wyman was unable to complete a lap in either of the two HONOS Superbike Qualifying Practice sessions. He has one more chance tomorrow morning to make the grid for Saturday’s and Sunday’s two races.
Per MotoAmerica rules, Wyman must participate in Saturday’s 30-minute Free Practice 3 session and record a lap that is within 108% of the fastest lap recorded in HONOS Superbike Qualifying 1 or 2. If Wyman does the required laptime, he will make the grid, although he will not be eligible to compete in Superpole.
After Kyle Wyman’s unfortunate crash during the very first practice session of the day at the Official Dunlop MotoAmerica Test, held on Thursday prior to the start of round five of the MotoAmerica HONOS Superbike Championship at the Ridge Motorsports Park, he and his Ducati Richmond/KWR Ducati Team went straight to work rebuilding his Superbike, which had essentially split in half from impacting the ground.
Wyman was unhurt in the incident, but the megabucks aftermarket swingarm on his Ducati was not so fortunate. The trick piece of suspension technology broke off just aft of its swingarm pivot that is attached to the Panigale V4 R’s engine cases, and the bike’s rear wheel, rear sprocket, and rear brakes went with it.
The bike was put back together, a stock Panigale V4 R swingarm was installed, and everything appeared to be ready to go on Friday morning.
Not so fast, there, Ducatisti. According to Darrin Marshall, Wyman’s crew chief, the bike had a technical problem that they weren’t able to resolve in time for the start of Friday morning’s Qualifying Practice 1, and they had to sit out the session.
Checking in with the team prior to Friday afternoon’s Qualifying Practice 2, they declared the bike fit for prime time and are ready to see Wyman run fast laps and put the bike in the top-nine fastest Superbikes and be eligible for tomorrow morning’s Superpole session.
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