AMSOIL EBR teammates turn in another consistent SuperBike effort
NEWS July 21, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Geiger Media:
MONTEREY, Calif. (July 21) - For the third straight race, AMSOIL EBR teammates Geoff May and Aaron Yates finished in sequence at a National Guard SuperBike race in the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series.
After finishing back-to-back at both races last weekend in Mid-Ohio, May (sixth) and Yates (seventh) did it again on Sunday during the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
May knew the Team Hero/AMSOIL EBR would have a tough task after struggling during qualifying, but some due diligence during Sunday morning's practice paid dividends.
"I knew it was going to be a tough one starting from 11th on the grid," May said. "I made the best of it by picking my way through the field. I got a little lucky from some attrition from some other guys. I feel like if I could have qualified better, I could have run up there with Danny (Eslick) and (Chris) Fillmore.
"We had the pace to run with those guys up front. We found something this morning and it paid off. We maximized our time in the fog to solidify our race setup."
Yates' AMSOIL/Hero EBR team also did some tinkering with the setup in the morning before the race.
"We tried some stuff trying to get up to speed, so for the race we gambled on a setup," Yates said. "We had a great-handling bike, but I just got stuck behind Larry (Pegram) there. I couldn't accelerate quick enough to get by him in the straightaways."
Being so evenly matched with Pegram, Yates had to abandon trying to be the aggressor and settled into ambush mode instead.
"I was waiting and waiting for him to make a mistake, which he finally did in Turn 2 right after Geoff got by him," Yates said. "I got past, then I was determined to catch my teammate.
"I pushed as hard as I could. I got hung up by a couple of lappers, but I was able to close that gap and end pretty close to Geoff."
Yates is going to stay on the West Coast a few extra days to test with the team ahead of the next race on the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing schedule.
"Hopefully we can find a little more power for this thing and take it on to the next race," Yates said. "The bike is working well. I can launch it on the starts, and it's handling really well in the corners. Now we're trying to find a little more speed, which will help us make another big step."
Up next for the AMSOIL EBR racers is the Aug. 2-4 Miller Motorsports Park doubleheader in Tooele, Utah.
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