Kyle Wyman and the Harley-Davidson factory team took the checked flag at the King of the Baggers finale over the weekend at the New Jersey Motorsports Park. However, the championship lead held by Wyman’s brother Travis going into New Jersey was wiped away by a crash on the rain-slickened track, opening the door for Indian factory rider Tyler O’Hara to finish in the runner-up spot and take the championship title with 123 total points. Travis Wyman took second overall with 113 points, followed by Kyle Wyman with 111. For more information, read the press release from Harley-Davidson below.
MILWAUKEE, WI (Sept. 12, 2022) – Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle factory rider Kyle Wyman led every lap to win the MotoAmerica Mission King of the Baggers race on Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey.
Starting from the pole position on a race-prepared Harley-Davidson Road Glide motorcycle, Wyman navigated a rain-soaked track to win by 0.655 second in the last race of the 2022 season. The victory was the third of the season for the defending King of the Baggers series champion. Indian factory racer Tyler O’Hara finished second, followed by Michael Barnes on the Daytona Harley-Davidson/Hoban Brothers Racing Harley-Davidson Road Glide motorcycle. Wyman also won the three-lap Mission King of the Baggers Challenge race on Saturday for a clean sweep of the weekend.
Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle factory rider Travis Wyman led the King of the Baggers championship by three points coming into this final round. After qualifying second, Travis was in third place in the race when he crashed on the wet track and slid onto the grass. Travis managed to pick up his Harley-Davidson Road Glide motorcycle and re-entered the race with a ground-off shifter peg and pivot, showing his grit and determination by finishing the race.
O’Hara ended the season at the top of the standings with 123 points. Travis Wyman finished second with 113 points, followed by Kyle Wyman with 111 points.
“I’m happy to have had another sweep of the weekend,” said Kyle Wyman. “I think this is the first time I’ve won a race in the rain. It’s bittersweet because Travis went down, but I’d rather have him pushing and try to win a championship than settle for third. I think we were all looking forward to a real showdown race on a dry track but anything can happen in racing. I want to thank all of our fans and everyone on the Harley-Davidson team for all of their hard work this season. I’m already looking forward to Daytona next year.”
For the season, Kyle Wyman won three races (Atlanta, Monterey and New Jersey) and had two other podium appearances. Travis Wyman had one race win (Road America) and finished second three times.
“I felt super strong this weekend and I gave it my all,” said Travis Wyman. “The conditions weren’t great, and when I got into third place and closed the gap to Tyler, I lost the front with no warning. Thankfully, I was able to pick it back up and finish the race to secure second place in the championship. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with my brother Kyle and the Harley-Davidson factory team to bring back the number one plate next year.”
MotoAmerica King of the Baggers Race Results – New Jersey
- Kyle Wyman (H-D) Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson
- Tyler O’Hara (Ind) Mission Foods/S&S Cycle
- Michael Barnes (H-D) Daytona H-D/Hoban Brothers Racing
- Jeremy McWilliams (Ind) Mission Foods/S&S Cycle
- James Rispoli (H-D) Vance & Hines Racing
- Bobby Fong (Ind) Roland Sands Design
- Taylor Knapp (H-D) Vance & Hines Racing
- Danny Eslick (H-D) Nowaskey Extreme Performance
- Travis Wyman (H-D) Screamin’ Eagle Harley-Davidson
2022 MotoAmerica King of the Baggers – Final Season Points
- Tyler O’Hara (Ind) 123
- Travis Wyman (H-D) 113
- Kyle Wyman (H-D) 111
- Jeremy McWilliams (Ind) 91
- Bobby Fong (Ind) 70
- James Rispoli (H-D) 70
- Taylor Knapp (H-D) 61
- Andrew Lee (H-D) 35
- Frankie Garcia (Ind) 30
- Michael Barnes (H-D) 29