AMSOIL EBR SuperBike riders seek podium glory at Devil's Showdown
NEWS September 11, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Geiger Media:
MILLVILLE, N.J. (Sept. 11, 2013) - The AMSOIL EBR National Guard SuperBike team is ready to go short-track racing at this weekend's New Jersey Lottery Devil's Showdown, the final doubleheader event in the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series.
New Jersey Motorsports Park's 2.2-mile, 14-turn layout features a lot of curves and almost none of the long straightaways found at other tracks in the series. It's the kind of track that a good-handling bike will tear up and the kind of track Team Hero/AMSOIL rider Geoff May is looking to conquer.
"Our bikes have been handing well all year long, so it lends itself to our setup," May said. "I feel strong about it. We had a bike that contended for the podium last year, and I actually got knocked down by one of our opponents and had a big crash.
"We were well in the fight for the lead, and I'm excited to get back there and repeat that performance."
May's team has put in extra shop time since the last race, and a recent test showed the bike has some more power to pair with that good handling.
"We've not been on the podium this year, so I'm real motivated to get us up there this weekend," May said. "We've made some improvements to the motorcycle. We've tested the bike and I've been training really hard.
"We've done a lot to make the bike easier to ride and improve our lap times. You have to be able to trust the bike and lay it all on the line during the race without worrying about getting spit off the thing and having a big crash."
With three races left to run this season (two will be held this weekend), May has a shot to finish as high as sixth in the SuperBike standings. He is currently in eighth but only three points behind seventh-place Chris Fillmore. Larry Pegram is in sixth and a dozen points ahead of May.
May's teammate Aaron Yates, rider of the AMSOIL/Hero EBR, is in a battle with David Anthony for ninth place. Yates trails Anthony by just two points. Yates' bike also has gone through some major positive changes since the last race six weeks ago.
"I've not been at NJMP since 2009 but had a good result when I was there," Yates said. "We've been doing a little testing on our AMSOIL EBR and picked up a little power in the process. We've refined a few things on the bike, like the handling and some of the electronics.
"I think it's going to be a really good track for us. We'll be able to get the bike around the track to turn in some pretty good lap times."
Practice for the New Jersey Lottery Devil's Showdown gets under way at noon on Friday at New Jersey Motorsports Park with the first qualifying session starting at 3 p.m. The field will be set after the final qualifier, which starts at 9:40 a.m. on Saturday. Race 1 rolls off at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Race 2 will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday. CBS Sports Network will air Race 1 at 2 p.m. EDT on Sunday and Race 2 live at 4 p.m.
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