AMSOIL's EBRs looking for Laguna luck this weekend

NEWS July 18, 2013

AMSOIL's EBRs looking for  Laguna luck this weekend

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MONTEREY, Calif. (July 18, 2013) - With AMSOIL's Geoff May and Aaron Yates coming off season-best finishes, this weekend's National Guard SuperBike race during the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca can't come soon enough for Erik Buell Racing.

"There are a lot of reasons to be positive," said May, rider of the Team Hero/AMSOIL EBR. "It's going to be a lot cooler in Laguna, which this bike loves. We'll go a lot faster there. I'm ready to get out there and battle with the front-runners."

May goes into this weekend's GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series event eighth in the standings, 15 points behind seventh-place Chris Fillmore. May added that beside weather conditions, the track's layout also favors the EBR.

"This is a real flowing racetrack without a lot of straightaways," May said. "There's a lot of character with flat corners and banked corners. There's a lot of nostalgia around this race too.

"This is one of the largest crowds we race in front of all year, so it really amps you up to another level."

Yates, who rides the AMSOIL/Hero EBR, agreed that the Laguna weekend is a one-of-a-kind spot on the SuperBike schedule.

"With Moto GP there too, there's always something a little extra special at that race," Yates said. "With all the fans from around the world going there, you never have to worry about putting on a good show - it just happens."

Yates is just one point behind David Anthony for ninth place in the standings, and he can't wait to see how his bike will perform in race trim this weekend.

"All the guys have been putting in a lot of work, and it's been great to see it translate on the track," Yates said. "We're getting better every time we go out for a race. We're not far off from being able to compete with the front pack.

"With the way Laguna is and how our bikes are set up, I think we might have a good shot at contesting for a spot on the podium this weekend, which would be huge for this program."

National Guard SuperBike practice at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca gets under way at 3:05 p.m. PDT on Friday. Qualifying will be at 11:20 a.m. and 4:10 p.m. on Saturday. The 23-lap race will start at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday.


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