O’Hara Produces Snoozefest in XR1200 Race

Henny Ray Abrams | May 28, 2012

TOOELE, UTAH, MAY 28 – The Vance & Hines XR1200 race at Miller Motorsports Park was so boring even the riders apologized.

“The race was pretty lonely,” Kyle Wyman (KLR Group/Vesrah/GK Motorsports) said after finishing 4.261 secs. behind race winner Tyler O’Hara (Bartel’s Harley-Davidson/Scrubblade). “I think it was lonely for all three of us. It was about the most boring XR race you’re ever going to see.” Said O’Hara, “I felt sorry for the fans.”

O’Hara has only himself to blame. Launching from the pole, O’Hara, Wyman, and O’Hara’s teammate, Michael Barnes, had three seconds on the 15-rider field by the end of the first of eight laps. Ending the second lap O’Hara had 1.161 secs. on Wyman and Barnes and by the third lap Barnes had fallen 1.57 secs. behind Wyman, while O’Hara now had over two seconds.

The gaps continued to grow until the flag, which O’Hara took comfortably in front of Wyman, who in turn had nearly eight seconds on Barnes.

XP Motorsports/Rossiter’s Harley-Davidson’s Michael Corbino was another nine secs. behind in fifth and three up on Gerry Signorelli (Kuryakyn/Racing for a Wish). He was followed closely by Ruthless Racing Inc./Deeley Racing’s David Estok, with Darren James a close seventh on the second Ruthless Racing Inc/Deeley Racing machine.

Wyman extended his championship points lead to 16 points, 115 to 99, over Wyman, with Barnes third at 98 after four of 11 races.

Vance & Hines XR1200 Results:

1. Tyler Ohara

2. Kyle Wyman

3. Michael Barnes

4. Michael Corbino

5. Gerry Signorelli

6. David Estok

7. Darren James

8. Josh Chisum

9. Nick Hansen

10. Paul James



Henny Ray Abrams | Contributing Editor

Abrams is the longest-serving contributor at Cycle News. Over the course of his 35-some years of writing and shooting photos, he’s covered events from MotoGP to the Motocross World Championship - and everything in between.