AMSOIL EBR riders making solid progress at Buckeye SuperBike Weekend
NEWS July 12, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Geiger Media:
LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 12) - AMSOIL's riders in the National Guard SuperBike class got the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire off to a solid start Friday after Geoff May put his EBR into the seventh spot and Aaron Yates is provisionally ninth.
May's Team Hero/AMSOIL EBR ran a best lap of 1 minute, 27.580 seconds, and he said the team will continue to peck away at the bike to go faster before Saturday's racing gets under way.
"We're still fine-tuning the motorcycle," May said. "I'd like to be in the top five, so we've got a little bit of work to do. We came out of here with a fifth-place finish, so that's something I'd like to repeat."
May's team has been working on improving the geometry of the bike to help it keep up with the constantly changing track.
"We're also working on the optimum setting for the rear shock," May said. "This place is an anomaly. The grip level keeps coming up constantly. It's kind of like a dirt track with the way the 'blue groove' gets laid in. So every time we go out the track has more grip, and we're trying to stay in front of that."
Yates, who ran a best lap of 1:27.817 on his AMSOIL/Hero EBR, was working with a completely different setup than his teammate, but the previously untested configuration shows real promise.
"Every time I am riding the bike, I'm making big changes," Yates said. "We're changing around the geometry, the injection system, and are really trying to make this stuff work at the racetrack.
"We're not getting a lot of testing time, and the guys have been doing a lot of good development work at the shop. Ultimately you've got to get the thing running right on the race course."
Yates said despite all the changes he has been impressed with the way both halves of the team have been progressing.
"The thing is coming around great," Yates said. "Every change we make seems to push the bike forward. Geoff is really riding his bike well and getting around the track quickly. My guys have been doing an outstanding job.
"The goal is to get my bike comfortable so I can push (the envelope) the way I want. We're getting closer to that every time we get on the track."
The second SuperBike qualifying session will get under way at 9:40 a.m. EDT on Saturday with Race 1 rolling off at 3 p.m. The second race of the weekend starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday. CBS Sports Network will broadcast the races starting at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
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