AMSOIL rider May confident podium finish in cards at Laguna Seca

NEWS September 28, 2013

AMSOIL rider May confident podium finish in cards at Laguna Seca

Photo by Brian J Nelson

Courtesy of Geiger Media:

MONTEREY, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2013) - Even though Geoff May didn't get his Team Hero/AMSOIL EBR the front-row starting spot for Sunday's National Guard SuperBike Race he was hoping for, the veteran rider is confident about his chances.

May will start on the inside of the front row after qualifying fifth on Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the final stop in the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series.

"I've got the best bike I've ever had here at Laguna Seca," May said. "I've got a really good race bike. I can repeat those fast lap times over and over again."

May's best lap of the weekend was in one minute, 25.514 seconds. He said there was always something or someone that kept him from making a home-run-type lap.

"I was never able to make an all-out qualifying lap," he said. "I just kept getting messed up by slower guys in the field and it never seemed to come together. Despite all that I'm real confident we can go real fast in traffic and it's repeatable.

"For some of those other guys who snuck up in there on us, it seemed like they could only keep those quick times for a lap or two. I've got high hopes and I think we're going to do really well. Even past three-quarter race distance, I'm still only .2-second off my best times."

Even starting on the second row should be a positive for May.

"Historically I do better from the second row," May said. "It gives you a target to out-brake in the first corner. When you are in the front you don't have that. Consistency gets you up there in the race, and that's the kind of bike we have."

May's teammate Aaron Yates moved up one spot on the grid to ninth aboard the AMSOIL/Hero EBR with a best lap of 1:26.020.

"We went a little quicker but didn't go as quick as we wanted to go," Yates said. "We had a few small issues. We struggled a little with the feel of the front and confidence in the bike turning on the side of the front tire.

"You've got to have that there. I'm a little slow coming through the back section and having trouble keeping the front loaded. We'll make some changes to make that better and it should help us out."

Sunday's National Guard SuperBike race gets under way at 10:40 a.m. PDT.

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