Kern rolls to two wins on BST Wheels at VIR

A demon for details, Nate Kern rocked Virginia International Raceway (VIR) with two wins on his BST-shod BMW S 1000 RR in CCS Expert races.
 
In the first weekend using BST carbon-fiber wheels on his BMW Superbike, Kern won the Unlimited Superbike and GTO races, confirming the many competitive advantages provided by BST wheels’ ultra-lightweight design.

 Setting up the bike was easier than this veteran racer thought it would be: “What it took was more of changing my riding style than changing anything with the bike’s suspension,” said Kern. “Compared to stock, it takes half the muscle to turn the bike, so at first I was apexing too early. Once I got a feel for the wheels, their advantages were dramatic. The bike now steers with less effort, turns in much quicker, gets off the corners better and accelerates faster. If I had to choose one thing about the BST wheels’ advantage, I’d have to say how remarkably they transformed the bike in turning transitions. They’re unbelievable. They save a lot on fatigue, don’t beat me up, and I’m not as tired at the end of a race.”

 On VIR’s North Course, in the same configuration used for the AMA Pro Racing national, Kern won the seven-lap Unlimited Superbike and 14-lap GTO races. He also got third- and fourth-place finishes in a pair of races cut short by red flags. Robbed of the chance to win all four races he entered, Kern is looking forward to his next event at Roebling Road, the second weekend in July.
 
Kern, from Alpharetta, Georgia, added, “Going into this event I wanted to protect my points in the classes I’m leading, so I planned on riding conservatively and only taking a win if it presented itself. Well, twice I found myself accepting what was there. In the other races, I had a bad start in one and worked my way up to fourth, and in the other I was battling for the lead until I clipped one of VIR’s infamous curbs, which nearly ripped me off the bike. But these wheels certainly did their part. I can see that they’ll quickly pay for themselves.”
 
At VIR, Kern’s BMW S 1000 RR leading sponsors were BMW Motorrad USA, BMW Motorcycles of Atlanta, Morton’s BMW and Brock’s Performance, the exclusive U.S. distributor of BST wheels.