Mid-race stoppage has AMSOIL EBR riders seeing red in New Jersey
NEWS September 14, 2013
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Courtesy of Team Hero/Amsoil EBR:
MILLVILLE, N.J. (Sept. 14, 2013) - AMSOIL EBR riders Aaron Yates and Geoff May seemed poised for a season-best National Guard SuperBike finish before a red-flag stoppage threw all of the progress the team made during the weekend out the window.
After a wild restart, both Yates and May got shuffled back in the pack and finished seventh and ninth, respectively.
Yates was off like a shot aboard the AMSOIL/Hero EBR on the initial start of the race, dashing into the lead pack from the third row of the grid.
"We had a good spot going. We were in a groove, running fourth, and had built up a little bit of a gap on those guys," Yates said. "I was trying to settle down and get into a good rhythm and go faster, but we got the red flag and had to start all over."
The stoppage came about a third of the way through the race when Huntley Nash had an engine failure and sprayed oil down a large swath of the racetrack, forcing a one-hour, 15-minute delay to get the racing surface cleaned up.
Once the field was re-gridded and racing resumed, things got out of hand quickly.
"It was a crazy restart," Yates said. "(Josh) Hayes came flying up the inside of somebody. I thought he was close to going over on the high side and he just about ran me off the track. Those guys were ready to go that time. The first start, I don't know if they were sleeping when we got our AMSOIL EBR out there with a good jump."
May's day was a challenge from before the start to the finish. He discovered a vibration on the parade lap and pulled into the pits to make repairs. His Team Hero/AMSOIL EBR recovered in time to start the race, but the red flag did May and his team no favors either.
"I had a bent rotor, so we came back in to swap it out," May said. "We fixed that problem, but the setup got away from us and we ended up tearing up the rear tire. Once that happened, it was all I could do to finish where I was at.
"We're going to go back over the data and see what happened. Maybe the rear shock lost pressure; it's too early to tell. All I know is that the problem destroyed the rear tire. The red flag hurt me. Even with the problems I was in a good rhythm and running fifth."
Despite the temporary disappointment, May is ready to put all of the problems behind him and aim for that long-awaited podium finish.
"We're going to take what we learned today and be stronger tomorrow," May said. "We've got a good bike for this track, so hopefully we've used up all of our bad luck in one race."
The second half of the Devil's Showdown for the SuperBikes starts at 4 p.m. EDT on Sunday and will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.
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