SUNNYVALE, CA – July 29, 2021 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Ducati stars Loris Baz (Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York) and Kyle Wyman (Panera Bread Ducati) face a new challenge this weekend for round six of the 2021 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship as the series moves north to Minnesota.
The Brainerd circuit last hosted an AMA Superbike race back in 2004, meaning every one of the riders on the Superbike grid must start from zero with no national-level competition experience at the venue. The field will, however, get an extra day of testing at the track tomorrow (July 29) prior to the round commencing on Friday, July 30.
For French ace Baz, the venue is not totally foreign, having tested at Brainerd along with many of the top MotoAmerica contingent prior to round four at The Ridge. Baz is in the form of his season so far, having carded a pair of second places at Laguna to runaway series leader Jake Gagne, the finishing margins the closest Baz has been to Gagne all season.
A good result in Minnesota could see Baz challenge for the championship top three as the season moves into its final three races in Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Alabama.
Kyle Wyman’s return to MotoAmerica Superbike action has been long-awaited after fracturing his elbow in a crash in race two at Road America. The Arizona resident and team owner utilized the services of former MotoAmerica Champion Toni Elias at Laguna Seca, but with his arm now sufficiently healed, Wyman will once again front the start on the beautiful green and black Panera Bread Ducati.
Loris Baz (Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati New York – Ducati #76)
“It’s a new track for everyone, although we have been testing here for two days after Road America,” Baz said. “Honestly, it’s not the best track in the world, but there are some fun and fast corners that will suit our V4 R. It was important to do the test here. We have another day of testing tomorrow, so that’s plenty of time to get the bike set up and continue in the direction we started at Laguna Seca. Laguna was our strongest weekend all year, so, needless to say, we’re pushing really hard. There’s one last step to go to win a race but we’ll continue working like this, improving the feeling with the bike, and we’ll be ready to fight when the lights go out on Saturday.”
Kyle Wyman (Panera Bread Ducati – #33)
“As we’re going into this weekend, I’ve missed two rounds on the Panera Bread Ducati (The Ridge and Laguna Seca),” said Wyman. “So coming back with the elbow now six weeks out of surgery, the bone should be healed pretty well. The strength is not all the way back to how it was prior to the crash, so I’ll just feel that out a bit during the test tomorrow. The number one goal is to understand the bike, try a few new settings, and develop everything so we can come out swinging for the last three rounds at places we have already tested like Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Barber, which are all strong tracks for us. Tomorrow, I’ll see how the elbow feels, then I’ll start a pretty big experiment with the bike as far as settings go and we’ll go from there.”
Source: Ducati Motor Holding SpA