EBR's May guides Amsoil SuperBike to Top 10 finish in Wisconsin
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 1) - Amsoil riders Geoff May and Aaron Yates battled a tough field and some mechanical issues to record top 12 finishes for Erik Buell Racing in Saturday's National Guard SuperBike race, which was the first half of the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America.
May guided his superbly handling Team Hero/Amsoil EBR to a seventh-place finish, while teammate Yates did his best to conquer failing brakes on his Amsoil/Hero EBR to finish 12th.
May's ride was solid throughout the afternoon. He kept his bike up around the top five before getting shuffled back a couple of spots during a mad dash on the final lap.
"We've got the best handling bike on the grid," May said. "When we get the power we'll be able to run up front all race. The good news is we've got the guys behind us to find the power; it's just a matter of time."
A lengthy, four-mile course, Road America has long straightaways that favor the higher-horsepower bikes, but May was happy with his game plan and was able to use his nimble EBR to make his moves through the 14 corners.
"I could already tell when I was drafting with some guys out in the field where their issues are," May said. "We don't have the same issues charging the corner and carrying high roll speed. When we get equal power they're going to be in trouble."
Yates' bike was just as solid as May's until the brakes started to fade. Yates lost time and positions when he had the coast into the corners instead of charging under heavy braking.
"The bike was running well," Yates said. "But I was unable to get it stopped after the long straightaways, which slowed me down a lot. There's a lot of high speed here, and you have to get stopped for these corners. If you don't have any confidence in the brakes, you waste a lot of time trying to slow down.
"Hopefully we'll resolve that issue and be better in (Sunday's) race because in the early going today the bike was working really well. The crew has done a great job getting the setup. We can push it hard and get around the corners fast."
Like his stablemate, May is looking forward to Sunday's second half of the doubleheader.
"I'm really in tune with this bike," May said. "I've been riding it for three years now. I'm really comfortable on it and able to take it to the max. We'll keep working and chipping away."
Amsoil's National Guard SuperBike riders take to the track at 3 p.m. Sunday for the second half of the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America. The race will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.