Harley Dominates KOTB Podium at Laguna Seca

The all Harley-Davidson Podium at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca: two factory Screamin’ Eagle riders Kyle Wyman in First (center) and Travis Wyman in Second (left). Third Place went to James Rispoli (right) of Team Vance & Hines on a Harley-Davidson Road Glide. Photo: Brian J. Nelson

Mission King Of The Baggers had one race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and MotoAmerica’s Big Twin pilots brought the excitement. It was an especially good day for Harley-Davidson’s teams, who swept the podium.

The Mission King Of The Baggers race gets rolling at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Sunday. Photo: Brian J. Nelson

Defending class champion Kyle Wyman got the win aboard his H-D Screamin’ Eagle Road Glide Special and closed the gap to current championship leader Tyler O’Hara, who started from the pole but ultimately finished fourth. Kyle Wyman’s brother Travis Wyman finished second, a little more than three seconds behind Kyle. The two brothers are now tied for second, with both of them just one point behind O’Hara. Vance & Hines Racing’s James Rispoli brought his Harley home third.

Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle factory rider, Kyle Wyman, rounds the corner to take the win at the King of the Baggers Laguna Seca stop. Photo: Brian J. Nelson

“(Tyler O’Hara) was visibly struggling with the rear,” Kyle Wyman said. “I knew as the tire went off, that wasn’t going to get any better. He was going at a good enough pace where I felt like I wasn’t really in danger of getting passed from behind. I was kind of content to sit there and let something happen. On the second or third lap, he lost the rear pretty big out of nine coming down Rainey (Curve). Opened up the door for me to get under him in ten. From there, I think I put a 29.4 down and then I saw 1.3 on the board. So, put a couple more low 30s, maybe a high 29 after that, and just kind of managed the gap. Travis was right. The gap came down a little bit, like two or three tenths at one point. So, I just kind of stayed consistent and focused. It was really greasy out there. I was actually really cautious with how the edge grip was. Just happy I could get clear and kind of run my own race and get another one-two (for our team), and a one-two-three for Harley.”

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