May looking to put AMSOIL EBR on front row in New Jersey
NEWS September 13, 2013
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MILLVILLE, N.J. (Sept. 13, 2013) - After qualifying a provisional sixth on Friday, Team Hero/AMSOIL EBR rider Geoff May can't wait to sink his teeth into Saturday's second National Guard SuperBike qualifier at the New Jersey Lottery Devil's Showdown, which is this weekend's stop in the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series.
"I didn't get to put in a true qualifying lap today," May said. "I went out with eight minutes to go after putting fresh rubber on it. When I was trying to make a fast lap, a guy went down in front of me and then Josh Hayes went down in the middle of the track and messed up two laps in a row. After that, I tried to go strong and lost the front. Nothing came together at the end like it should have.
"I think we ran a really good pace and we'll have to see what tomorrow brings."
May's best lap came in 1 minute, 21.882 seconds, only .4-second off the pace of the third-quickest bike in the field.
"We're doing the best we've done all season," May said. "We've got the best shot at a good result here so far. All the hard work and adjustments we've made are paying off. We got better and better all day today and there's no reason to think we won't continue that trend tomorrow.
"We came in here with a really good baseline and plan to just keep building on it."
May's teammate Aaron Yates had a more difficult day. He qualified a provisional 11th with a best lap of 1:23.268 but had to go to his backup bike after suffering a tip-over late in the qualifying session.
"We thought we had something going pretty good but got off the bike," Yates said. "I slowed down a little trying to get some clear track, then I took off. I don't know if the tire got a little cool on the left side, but it's pretty bumpy through that section of the track.
"I went into a corner, lost the front, and slid off the bike. Luckily we didn't tear up anything too badly and I didn't get hurt."
Despite some major differences in setup on the two bikes, Yates found a silver lining after getting on his backup ride.
"It's the first time I've been on that bike in a long time," Yates said. "It has a totally different setup; engine, power characteristics, it's just way different. I actually went a little bit quicker on that bike than I did on my A bike.
"I think we learned something. We'll make some changes to my A bike and go back at it in the morning."
The second qualifier begins at 9:40 a.m. EDT on Saturday from New Jersey Motorsports Park. Race 1 of the weekend will start 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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