Daytona: O’Hara Wins Ultra-Close Harley Final

Paul Carruthers | March 15, 2013

  Tyler OHara beats Kyle Wyman to the line in the Harley final at Daytona.
Photography by Larry Lawrence

DAYTONA BEACH, FL, MAR. 15 – Motorcycle races don’t get any closer than the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson final today at Daytona International Speedway. How about the top 10 riders on XR1200s getting to the finish line separated by just. 792 of a second? Yes that just happened.

When all was said and done it was Eco Fuel Saver/Scrubblade/Bartel’s Harley-Davidson’s Tyler O’Hara taking the win, though it could have been any of the 11 riders who ran in the lead group taking victory. O’Hara beat Revolution Performance/Millennium Technologies’ Kyle Wyman by.075 of a second with Bobby Fong third just .289 of a second behind on the Rossmeyers Harley-Davidson XR.

Michael Corbino, Benny Carlson, Steve Crevier, Michael Barnes, Shane Narbonne, Travis Wyman and Gage McAllister rounded out the top 10 – with McAllister just .792 of a second from winning the race.

To illustrate just quickly things changed in this one, Barnes led out of the chicane on the final lap on the Rossmeyers Harley-Davidson. And the defending series champion finished seventh – .477 of a second behind.

Harley-Davidson Final
1.              Tyler O’Hara
2.              Kyle Wyman
3.              Bobby Fong
4.              Michael Corbino
5.              Benny Carlson
6.              Steve Crevier
7.              Michael Barnes
8.              Shane Narbonne
9.              Travis Wyman
10.           Gage McAllister

Paul Carruthers | Editor

Paul Carruthers took over as the editor of Cycle News in 1993 after serving as associate editor since starting his career at the publication in 1985. Carruthers has covered every facet of the sport in his near-28-year tenure at America's Daily Motorcycle News Source.