AMSOIL EBR teammates ready to step it up in Salt Lake City
NEWS August 2, 2013
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SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 2, 2013) - Despite tough conditions, AMSOIL-backed riders Geoff May and Aaron Yates put down some pretty fast laps during the first qualifying session in the National Guard SuperBike category on Friday afternoon at Miller Motorsports Park and qualified their Hero/EBR Racing 1190RS machines seventh and 11th, respectively, with one more qualifying session to go on Saturday.
"I thought it went very good," May said. "We made quite a few changes from this morning and they proved to be very productive. We dropped over two seconds consistently off our times from (practice) this morning. We are definitely moving forward. We have a really good race bike right now. We just need to fix a few little minor comfort things and drop another half a second and get down where the leaders seem to be."
May only ran 15 laps in the 60-minute qualifying session, putting down a best-of 1:52.658 on his 10th circuit with his No. 99 Team Hero/AMSOIL EBR, which left him just over 1.6 seconds off the top spot.
"We are coming to grips with the new tire, ignoring our notes from last year and just working twice as hard and coming up with results," May said. "I have to give credit to my crew chief and the guys. They are working their butts off and are making a lot of changes and it is paying off."
But while May was happy with his effort, the same could not be said for Yates, who ran just 11 laps in Qualifying 1, saving his best effort - a 1:53.959 circuit on his No. 20 AMSOIL/Hero EBR - for his last lap.
"Overall, it really wasn't what we were hoping for," Yates said. "We made some changes to the front end of the bike for the first session. It was something we wanted to try and get it out of the way. It didn't really make any improvements for us. We also had a few little gremlins. I think we got it all sorted out now. We're gonna put the other geometry back in the (front end of the) bike and go out there and ride it like we did at Laguna (Seca) and Mid-Ohio."
But despite the little problems he had on Friday, Yates said he will be ready to step it up on Saturday.
"The bike is running good," he said. "We didn't get the laps we needed out there in that session. We will be ready to go tomorrow and turn some hot laps."
The field will be set following the final qualifying session, which starts at 9:40 a.m. on Saturday. Race 1 is set to begin at 3 p.m. on the same day and Race 2 will be run at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
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