Yates cracks Top 10 at Road America for Amsoil, Erik Buell Racing
NEWS June 3, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of AMSOIL / Erick Buell Racing:
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 2) - Erik Buell Racing rider Aaron Yates solved the brake problems on his Amsoil/Hero EBR to bring home a Top 10 finish Sunday in the National Guard SuperBike race at the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America.
"All weekend we've been progressing along trying to get comfortable on the bike," said Yates, who came home ninth. "We're looking for a good setting where we can carry speed through the corners. Yesterday was a learning experience because of the brakes, but things held in there really well today."
At a track where drafting and pack racing is the norm, Yates wound up running most of the race on an island without any other riders around him. It gave the rider an opportunity to experiment with the limits of his Amsoil EBR.
"I didn't have anyone to race with, so it became a pretty uneventful race," Yates said. "It was a good evaluation of some of the experiments we put on the bike for the race.
"We went into today with a bike setup that hadn't been ridden on. It was just something we wanted to try to see if it would give us some confidence on the side of the tire and carry some more corner speed. It proved to be pretty comfortable and consistent throughout the track."
Yates' teammate Geoff May wasn't so fortunate because he and his Team Hero/Amsoil EBR separated coming out of a turn early on in the race, sending May into the sand on the outside of the track and the bike to the grass on the inside.
"The good news is I was far enough away from Chris Fillmore that there wasn't any chance of contact," May said. "The only danger was him running me over after I had already fallen. Chris did a really good job of avoiding me, because when the bike low-sided it started dragging me back across the track into harm's way.
"I just had to get off as fast as I could. Chris missed me by a foot or two. There was a paint line on the track that got me. I went in there hot, ran out wide, tried to keep it on the track, and as soon as I hit the paint line it threw me down."
The Amsoil-backed Erik Buell Racing team next turns its attention to the June 21-23 Triumph SuperBike Classic from Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., the third stop of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series.
"The long straightaways at these bigger tracks take a little bit away from us," Yates said. "But the bike does get through the corners really well. We've got some big steps to take to get the bike where we want it, but these next few races are going to really display what our bikes can do."
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