AMSOIL EBR riders Yates, May look toward Race 2 for SuperBike glory

NEWS August 3, 2013

AMSOIL EBR riders Yates, May look toward Race 2 for SuperBike glory

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SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 3, 2013) - It wasn't the finish that either rider on the Hero/AMSOIL EBR team wanted at the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series' National Guard SuperBike race on Saturday afternoon at Miller Motorsports Park.

After a tough qualifying run yesterday, AMSOIL/Hero EBR rider Aaron Yates was able to up his starting spot to seventh in early morning qualifying, but that did not translate to the race, where Yates struggled with the front end of his EBR 1190RS for most of the 16-lap race before finishing 12th.

"It was disappointing after qualifying really well," Yates said. "We seemed to have an issue with the front tire; the bike just didn't feel the same as in qualifying. I didn't have confidence in the front end and I couldn't run it into the turns. I had a few moments out there that were unexpected. I just wanted to bring it home in one piece."

It wasn't a much better day for Geoff May. The Team Hero/AMSOIL EBR rider started ninth on the grid and after falling back five spots early on he fought his way back to a ninth-place finish.

"Overall it just wasn't a very good day," May said. "We kind of got mugged in Turn 1 and taken out. That shuffled me back to 12th, and I had a long race picking my way forward. I was doing the best I could to get a ninth today, but that is not where you want to be. I am not happy with it. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day. We know we have a quick pace, good enough for fourth or fifth, but we can't let those guys get away in the beginning."

May and Yates will have another opportunity to grab their first podium finishes of the season on Sunday in National Guard SuperBike Race 2, which is set to start at 2 p.m.

For Yates, that means finding the front-end problem and getting it fixed overnight.

"(The crew) already figured out the issue," Yates said. "We had a broken signal wire in the front-wheel speed sensor. It got really hot this afternoon. We went out there and did a bunch of laps with a full tank of gas and just right from the get-go it felt kind of greasy in the front. I just wasn't comfortable with it, and that really held us up and slowed our pace down. Hopefully tomorrow it will be better."

For May, it will mean getting a better start and place on the track going into the first turn.

"All of it has to do with getting a better start and getting in front of them from the beginning," May said. "Our bike doesn't come off the corner as hard, and they basically end up blocking you everywhere because we don't have equal power to pass. We have more corner speed, but you can't carry that corner speed when you are stuck behind them, so we have to get a better start."

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