AMSOIL SuperBike riders earn solid finishes at Mid-Ohio
NEWS July 14, 2013
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LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 14) - Exactly as they did on Saturday, AMSOIL EBR riders Geoff May and Aaron Yates finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in Sunday's National Guard SuperBike race at the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire, part of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series.
May was happy he met his goals for the weekend aboard the Team Hero/AMSOIL EBR and is hoping it builds some momentum going into next week's event at Laguna Seca.
"With this long straightway here, leaving with two top fives makes me pretty happy," May said. "The next track favors our bike a lot more. This EBR loves it when it's cool and runs a lot faster. I'm excited about getting up there and racing with those front-runners and surprise them."
May raced most of the day in a three-bike pack with Yates's AMSOIL/Hero EBR and Chris Fillmore but said he wasn't trying to keep those two riders behind him.
"Aaron could run faster than me," May said. "He was running a better pace than me, but I was hitting all my marks and using the whole track. If anybody wanted to get by me, they really had to make a nasty pass.
"Fillmore got by me once or twice, then he'd screw up and I'd get around him. I used my experience and rode smart, which put me in fifth today even though some of the guys behind me were a little quicker."
Yates thought about mixing it up with May late in the race, but he didn't want to make a mistake that could cost both teammates spots on the track.
"I just couldn't get by Geoff," Yates said. "I didn't want to put some kind of crazy move on him to make the pass. I was struggling to get stopped at the end of the straightaway after half way. I really couldn't make a move on the brakes anywhere."
Yates added that his AMSOIL EBR is feeling better every time they hit the track.
"We've got the bike feeling really good to me," Yates said. "It's really getting through the corners well. I could make a mistake and lose some ground to Geoff but make it all back up in a couple of turns. It's fun to ride. If we get a little more power, we'll be in the show and in contention for a podium."
Up next for May and Yates is the July 19-21 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.
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