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Travis Wyman, Tyler O’Hara battle for the MotoAmerica King of the Baggers title

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In its third year, the MotoAmerica King of the Baggers series could be one of the most competitive divisions on one of the most unique bikes in the competition. And they owe the tough fight to the dramatic arrival from behind Travis Wyman.

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Stock car racing was built on the principle that fans wanted to see racing cars that looked like the ones they drove down the streets. One of the motorcycle equivalents is the MotoAmerica King of the Baggers series. This does not mean that these are stock bikes. Heavily modified engines, suspensions and other mechanics make these machines real racers, but the Harley Davidson Road Glide and Indian Challenger hitting the track allow the average racer to visualize what their bikes will look like on some of America’s iconic racetracks.

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The term “baggers” comes from the saddlebags that every bike has, and these bags are more than just decorative. They change the balance of the bike and make turns sharper, which in turn creates more overtaking opportunities.

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The uniqueness of these bikes aside, proof of concept ultimately comes down to competitiveness. And this is where this division excelled in its short existence.

Five riders have won the first six rounds of the seven-race series. Multi-win rider Kyle Wyman was disqualified from his last race last weekend for spilling oil at Brainerd Speedway, Minnesota. This effectively took him out of the game.

Meanwhile, his brother Travis earned his third straight podium and turned a one-point gap before Round 6 in the championship standings into a three-point advantage.

For the new points leader, it was an attack from behind. Finishing second to Tyler O’Hara in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, Race 2 at that track cost him dearly. Wyman’s fifth against second O’Hara left him 14 points behind after the first pair of races. In April, that number rose to 20 when Road America took over the series.

Wyman’s first win of the season in the 4th round allowed him to erase some of the deficit. Three consecutive first or second finishes gave him an advantage and momentum.

With a five-point difference between first and second in the MotoAmerica King of the Baggers classification and four more points to third, Wyman’s late-season attack sets the stage for September’s finals at New Jersey Motorsports Park to emerge victorious. all races.

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Source: motorsports.nbcsports.com

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