Indian Challenger-mounted Tyler O’Hara pulled one other victory out of his helmet, profitable the primary race of the 2022 King of the Baggers collection. (Indian Motorbike/)
Though sloppy climate gave riders and monitor officers matches all weekend, the opening spherical of MotoAmerica’s King of the Baggers (KOTB)—which featured bagger races happening for the primary time ever on the excessive banks of Daytona’s Worldwide Speedway—was nothing in need of exhilarating.
Followers bought to witness 2020 KOTB winner Tyler O’Hara, in his third yr on the S&S Indian Challenger, come from a back-row beginning place to seize his third total bagger racing victory with an ideal go.
It was a becoming spotlight to the 2022 collection opener, which already promised a wholesome dose of drama because of a renewed rivalry battle between two bitter rivals—Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorbike—in age-old combat that dates again 100 years.
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Within the first race, Indian’s O’Hara drafted previous Harley riders, Travis and Kyle Wyman, on the final lap for the win. (Brian J. Nelson/Indian Motorbike/)
So whereas 18 riders took to the grid for the eight-lap race, the primary protagonists had been clearly outlined: the manufacturing unit Harley riders versus the manufacturing unit Indian riders, with loads of backup in the remainder of the sphere.
Defending MotoAmerica King of the Baggers champion Kyle Wyman and brother Travis Wyman using for the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle manufacturing unit workforce would face off towards Indian’s Mission Meals/S&S-run workforce which featured 2022 collection runner-up Tyler O’Hara and former MotoGP racer Jeremy McWilliams.
Race 1 featured a grasp class in timing, with the S&S Cycle/Indian Challenger’s O’Hara making a basic Daytona last-lap transfer and drafting previous each H-D Screamin’ Eagle Street Glide teammate Travis and Kyle—who completed second and third, respectively—to take the checkered flag by a nostril.
H-D Screamin’ Eagle manufacturing unit rider Travis Wyman put in the very best exhibiting for Harley over the weekend, ending second in Race 1 and fifth in Race 2. (Brian J. Nelson/Harley-Davidson/)
O’Hara described it in this fashion: “Simply attending to the place I used to be within the race…I didn’t know if I had sufficient to make it occur. This stuff punches such an enormous gap within the air, it’s like drafting an automobile.
I went into the bus cease and went in there tremendous deep, after which bought fairly near Travis (Wyman). I pulled proper off of Travis and simply was capable of leading the final lap. It was actually every little thing I needed to make it occur.”
One other well-timed draft go resulted in a photo-finish win for MotoGP vet Jeremy McWilliams on the Indian Challenger in Race 2. (Indian Motorbike/)
Saturday’s King of the Baggers Race 2 was much more impacted by the unrelenting rain and shortened to 6 laps, and the Harley-riding Wymans sadly had been locked out of the highest spot once more.
Kyle skilled mechanical points together with his Street Glide Particular early on, additional opening the door for the Indian riders.
And so they took benefit: In a superbly timed drafting transfer, former MotoGP rider McWilliams made a daring go on the final lap to squeeze out the victory.
The longtime racer put his expertise to good use when he slingshot previous RSD Indian rider Bobby Fong, who was within the lead at the time.
Proper behind was McWilliams’ teammate O’Hara, who additionally drafted previous Fong to take second place.
With Fong ending third, it turned out to be an all-Indian podium exhibiting within the second race. Travis Wyman completed a disappointing fifth, whereas brother Kyle chalked up a DNF for the race.
Bagger newcomer McWilliams says the win is all because of the extra skilled O’Hara: “I sort of realized find out how to journey it off Tyler. Give him all of the credit scores for that as a result of the rides it in a different way than I do.
I got here alongside not figuring out and using it just a little bit like a sportbike, and that’s not the way it works. It’s bought a lot of torque that you just bought to alter your throttle place and stuff.”
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Challenger riders McWilliams, O’Hara, and Bobby Fong accomplished an all-Indian sweep of the rostrum for KOTB Race 2 at Daytona. (Indian Motorbike/)
O’Hara’s first- and second-place finishes within the opening rounds give him an early lead within the 2022 collection level race, with McWilliams in second with 38 factors.
The 2022 KOTB level standings are as follows:
To recap, MotoAmerica’s King of the Baggers Championship collection is for race-prepped, American V-twin touring bikes fitted with fairing/windscreen and saddlebags.
See motoamerica.com for particulars, eligibility necessities, and deadlines.