Chris Peris Earns Top-15 Finishes at Road America

He rides in place of injured Kyle Wyman for Excelsus Solutions/Lucas Oil Team

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Chris PerisCourtesy of Kyle Wyman Racing

Chris Peris earned top-15 finishes in his MotoAmerica Superbike debut this past weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Peris replaced team owner/rider Kyle Wyman who was injured a week ago while riding the European Superstock 1000 championship at Donington Park in England.

Wyman chose to sit out the Road America round after a crash aboard the Agro On - Benjan - Kawasaki ZX10-RR last Saturday, where he suffered a mild concussion. A last minute call to Chris Peris was necessary to field the Excelsus Solutions/Lucas Oil Superbike while Wyman recovered.

"As much as it broke my heart to sit on the sidelines for this weekend, I knew it was the right decision," Wyman said. "I have a lot of racing ahead of me, and I want to keep it that way. Too many riders come back too soon. Could I have ridden? Sure, I felt good all weekend and I feel 100% now (Monday). Chris (Peris) was the obvious choice to represent our sponsors this weekend and he did an incredible job at that."

Peris came into the weekend facing a steep learning curve, but adjusted quickly after a 6-year hiatus from the AMA Superbike series. After one day on the bike he was able to earn 15th place overall which would secure his qualifying position for the weekend.

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Chris PerisCourtesy of Kyle Wyman Racing

"The KWR Yamaha YZF-R1 is amazing," said Peris. "Probably the best handling and most forgiving motorcycle I've ever ridden. It was my first time on the K-Tech KTR-3 forks and they were certainly the highlight of the package for me. For Friday, it was just about getting comfortable on the bike and tires, and we succeeded at that with just two hours of track time."

After a wet-but-drying third practice session in the morning, Peris would miss valuable dry time to learn the bike on day two. In both races Peris got off to a great start and found his footing in the ultra competitive field, finishing 14th and 13th overall in race one and race two, respectively.

"The weather was looking questionable for the race so we ran rains and slicks Saturday morning to get a feel for the wet but drying track," said Peris. "That afternoon the race ended up being dry. We didn't have a chance to try any of the changes we were hoping to do in the morning warm up because of the rain so we ran the setup from day one."

"Sunday morning we got to try a few of the changes we were wanting to do on Saturday morning. I was feeling more comfortable each time I got on the bike and felt we had a better setup for race 2. Due to multiple red flags the race was shorted and we ended up 13th."

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Chris PerisCourtesy of Kyle Wyman Racing

Peris brought the bike home in one piece and while he enjoyed the experience, says he's ready to hand the KWR steed back to Wyman for the remainder of the season.

"Kyle and I ride together a lot at the Yamaha Champions Riding School so I know how fast he is," Peris added. "But when I arrived at the track Thursday it became very apparent why KWR is a front running Superbike team. The level professionalism, knowledge of the crew and preparation of the motorcycle was unrivaled by any privateer team that I have ever seen. Kyle made the right decision however to sit this event out, and I look forward to seeing what he can do in the rest of the season."

Kyle Wyman will return to action at the next round at Utah Motorsports Campus, June 23-25, 2017. After positive results in post-injury concussion evaluation tests this past week, Wyman will be 100% within the next few days, according to specialists.

"Testing has been positive since my crash at Donington," Wyman said. "I'm fortunate to have such a mild injury that I only will have to miss one round, and for that I thank my helmet supplier, 6D Helmets. I can't thank my sponsors and crew enough for standing behind me and waiting for my chance to come back. With another six rounds remaining in the series, we have plenty of opportunities to find that podium result this season."

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