If you consider the fact that Harley-Davidson’s Wyman brothers have been consistently running near the top of the leaderboards in this year’s King of the Baggers (KOTB) series, it was only a matter of time before both of them showed up on the podium together. That’s exactly what happened over the weekend at Road America, where Travis led Kyle (last year’s KOTB champ) across the finish line in a 1-2 sweep of the top spots in the rain-dampened King of the Baggers race in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Making the win even sweeter was the fact that it was Travis’ first win in the series, who started from the front row on a race-prepped Road Glide.
The first place showing puts Travis firmly ahead of Kyle in the series standings, with a total of 66 points and third place. “This is really an emotional win for me,” Travis said. “I’ve never won a race on a Harley. It means so much to win here in Harley-Davidson’s backyard in front of all these fans and people from the factory who stuck out the day in the rain.
Although Kyle was the fast qualifier for the race, setting a new Road America class record of 2:22.701 on the 4.0-mile, 14-turn course, he was bumped back to fourth position on the starting grid for the actual race due to a technical infraction on his motorcycle.
The race was only four laps this time around, and with a fast start, Travis passed Tyler O’Hara for second place on lap 2 and then angled by Jeremy McWilliams for the lead on lap 3. From that point it was a race to the finish, with brother Kyle in hot pursuit. But even though Kyle also passed O’Hara and McWilliams and posted the fastest lap of the race (2:24.50), he still couldn’t catch his brother, who took the checkered flag a mere 0.942 second ahead of Kyle.
“This feels as good as a win for me,” Kyle Wyman said. “This is great for the team because while Travis might have joined the team in the middle of last year…today Travis outrode all of us and showed some real courage in these mixed conditions.”
With four of seven rounds of the 2022 Mission King of the Baggers series now in the books, Travis Wyman has locked down third place in the standings with 66 points, and Kyle Wyman in fourth with 61. Indian Challenger-mounted Tyler O’Hara leads with 74 points, with Indian rider McWilliams garnering 67 points and second place.
The next round of the King of the Baggers series takes place on July 8–10 at the Geico Motorcycle MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey at Laguna Seca Raceway, in Salinas, California. For more info see: motoamerica.com.
2022 MotoAmerica King of the Bagger Race Results, Road America
- Travis Wyman (H-D) Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson
- Kyle Wyman (H-D) Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson
- Jeremy McWilliams (Ind) Mission Foods/S&S Cycle
- Tyler O’Hara (Ind) Mission Foods/S&S Cycle
- Taylor Knapp (H-D) Vance & Hines Racing
- James Rispoli (H-D) Vance & Hines Racing
- Cory West (Ind) Saddlemen
- Ben Carlson (H-D) Suburban Motors
- Scott Beal (Ind) Mad Monkey Motorsports
- Andrew Lee (H-D) Big Bear Performance
2022 King of the Baggers Point Standings
1. Tyler O’Hara 74
2. Jeremy McWilliams 67
3. Travis Wyman 66
4. Kyle Wyman 61
5. James Rispoli 43
6. Taylor Knapp 43
7. Andrew Lee 29
8. Bobby Fong 25
9. Frankie Garcia 22
10. Cory West 18