Pegram Improves Already Lethal Yamaha Lineup
NEWS February 11, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 11, 2013) – As if the Yamaha motorcycles didn’t have enough firepower going in to 2013, Larry Pegram has recently announced he will add to the list of elite competitors by riding a Yamaha R1 this season in AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike. Pegram will be flanked by two of the finest riders in the sport in Josh Herrin and reigning three-time champ Josh Hayes. The star-studded Yamaha trio will arguably make up one of the most daunting lineups in recent National Guard SuperBike history.
“The Yamaha won almost every race last year and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of it all going in to next season,” said Pegram. “I know the gift I’ve been given and you can bet I’ve been working extremely hard this winter to maximize the opportunity. We’ve done a little testing this off-season but our main priorities have been to just get all of our ducks in a row and most importantly work on being as physically fit as possible going into the season opener at Daytona.”
When asked about the differences between his old ride, the BMW S1000RR, and his new Yamaha R1, Pegram said that the R1 was noticeably faster. However, the veteran explained that the technical and manufacturing support he has received from Yamaha has been the biggest improvement in making the switch for 2013.
“The biggest difference that we’re going to see this year is the full support of Yamaha, obviously the motorcycle is an amazing machine, but the people behind the scenes are what really make up the difference. My only expectation this year is to get back to the ultra-competitive level we’ve been at in recent years. I want to give my sponsor, Foremost Insurance, the best opportunity to succeed and we strongly believe Yamaha gives us that opportunity.”
Pegram is a well-known figure among fans as well as his opponents in the paddock. The Ohio product has put together a tenured career which has seen an abundant amount of success. In 2013, he will be gunning for a fifth consecutive season of which he lands in the top-10 in the overall AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike point standings. The seasoned veteran rode his first ever race on a Yamaha when he was just five years old.
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