Kyle Wyman Racing releases response to disqualification from Daytona XR1200 race
April 17, 2014
Filed under News
Kyle Wyman of Kyle Wyman Racing (KWR) has released his statement regarding AMA Pro Racing’s decision to disqualify his Millennium Technologies-sponsored Harley Davidson XR1200 from the Vance & Hines XR1200 series at Daytona event that took place last month at Daytona’s International Speedway. Wyman has previously been declared the official victor by the sanctioning body after the event, but a three-sentence press release released by AMA Pro Racing offered that Wyman’s XR1200 motorcycle “contained non-compliant and improperly modified engine components.”
Wyman gave his timeline of events, which included his first place finish in the event which was followed by a disassembly of the engines for inspection of his cylinder heads by AMA Pro Racing. Wyman’s team immediately complied and handed the parts over for inspection with an undetermined timeline for results. No parts were confiscated from any of the other riders.
“Eleven days later, on March 25, AMA Pro Racing informed us the cylinder heads were within the confines of the rules, the provisional results would now be declared official, and our parts would be shipped back to Kyle Wyman Racing. A press release was then issued by AMA Pro Racing recapping my win. At the same time, a winner’s check in the amount of $3,750 was issued to me.”
“At this point, several of my sponsors purchased congratulatory advertisements in a variety of motorcycle magazines.”
Two days after submitting a first-person blog entry titled ‘My Best Weekend, Ever’, which was published on the AMA Pro Racing website, Wyman received a call informing him that the cylinder heads that were initially deemed to be compliant were now considered illegal. A final decision concerning official results and penalties would be made. Several days later Wyman was informed that he would be disqualified, lose 30 championship points, and lose the awarded purse money. A press release followed up with the information on April 11th.
“I will certainly be asking for clarification in this decision to make sure I know how to avoid this happening again. It’s a tremendous blow to me personally because my honor has been called into question. I apologize to the other riders for this unfortunate turn of events and congratulate Tyler O’Hara on winning the race. All I can do now is move forward, knowing I didn’t intentionally do anything wrong.”