Rider Spotlight: Geoff May
NEWS January 19, 2012
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
AMAPro: Where are you from?
GM: I’m originally from Roswell, GA. I moved about 45 minutes north to Gainesville, GA, where I now live with my wife. Right now we’re in Hawaii. It’s really nice to come out every year. It motivates me, but it’s nice to relax a little bit.
AMAPro: What was your first motorcycle?
GM: My first bike was a PW50 when I was five years old. I probably had it 4 to 5 years. I was a pretty small kid, and I think the PW50 was the smallest bike you could get back then. I rode that, did some trail riding with my dad and cousin and moved up from there.
AMAPro: How did you get into riding motorcycles?
GM: I think I was about five, and my cousin, a year older, got a Z50. I wanted a bike too, so my dad bought me a PW50 and I rode with my cousin all the time.
AMAPro: How long have you been with Erik Buell Racing?
GM: He picked me up after Road Atlanta in 2010 so I’d say a season and three quarters. I love it, I just signed a multi-year deal with them, so I’m really excited about that. I’m having more fun now than I’ve had my whole career. It’s a really good fit for me, and I feel that Erik and I have our paths running down the same direction. Last season, we introduced the new EBR 1190. We just showed up to Mid-Ohio and ran with it! It’s a really cool bike. I’ve ridden the street bike form a few times, and it’s hands down the best street bike I’ve ever ridden, bar none.
AMAPro: What's your favorite racetrack?
GM: It’s a tie. Road Atlanta is my all-time favorite because I grew up watching my dad race cars there, so I spent half a dozen weekends there, riding my PW50 around. Although Miller Motorsports Park is probably my favorite layout, Road Atlanta wins because of the nostalgia factor.
AMAPro: What's the coolest bike you've ridden?
GM: I’m going to have to say the EBR1190. It’s the most fun bike I’ve ever raced. From a shear ‘fun’ standpoint, that thing really suits my style. I can ride it like a 600cc bike, and I can carry so much corner speed. It has so much torque and grunt, you can broad-slide it when you get sideways!
AMAPro: What draws you to the sport? The competition, thrill or speed?
GM: It’s changed over the course of my career. When I first started at 18. It was all about speed. Now it’s more about the competition standpoint and battling with the other riders. There are a lot of really talented riders in our series, and I don’t think we’re given enough credit worldwide for how good the competition really is. I enjoy battling one-on-one with other racers and developing the EBR 1190 for Erik.
AMAPro: What’s a typical day like for you, when you’re not at the track?
GM: Typically, training. I get up and do whatever my trainer has me doing for the day, which is typically running or cycling. The rest of it is accomplishing the honey-do list [laughs]. Whether it’s landscaping around the house or what have you, it’s got to get done!
AMAPro: What are your expectations going into 2012 with Erik Buell Racing in the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Class?
GM: I’m really hard on myself. I’d really like to start by getting the EBR on the box and take it from there. I feel really good about myself, the team and the bike, so I think we’re going to turn some heads.
AMAPro: Who’s your racing hero?
GM: That’s a tough one, I kind of stumbled into racing one day. One of the first guys I really paid attention to and enjoyed watching was Mick Doohan, racing the 500GP bike. I kind of missed the Kevin Schwantz or the guys before that. If not Doohan, Valentino Rossi. It’s absolutely amazing to watch him ride!
What's your take?
Out of these three AMA Pro Road Racing Privateers, who has the coolest lean angle? Is it Skip Salenius, Reese Wacker or Paul Allison? All three of these racers give it their best every weekend!
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