WSBK » EXCLUSIVE Geoff May (Erik Buell Racing) Q&A

Geoff May sits down with to discuss Erik Buell Racing's ambitious plans and his optimism for the American firm's WSBK future

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May 08, 2014 4:13 PM

re: "Some of the younger guys have the ability to flip the switch and go ridiculously fast. But they can't do it on a bike that isn't right."


re: "All they do is end up hurting themselves or going slow."

correct, NATCORK.


May 08, 2014 4:57 PM

crash, I assume this interview was already "in the can" as they say in the film industry, as I noticed there were no questions (and no article) on the disaster that was Assen.

they scattered engines that caused them to cancel Christmas on race 2, but they had made some pretty obvious changes to the bike (changes that were always going to happen).

the Italians finally updated the exhaust (style fads come and go, but power is still made the old fashioned way like we did in '94). and they switched to gas charged forks with a custom bottom for the ZTL there may have been some other things, but these are items a boffin/anorak notices inside of a less than 3 seconds camera blip.

as i already said in the break post Oz, i give 'em an A for effort, but they are basically wasting time attempting anything with that engine. come the Netherlands, even the team sees more clearly. you need an a new engine boys, clean sheet. when you're ready to stop screwin' around...? lemme know.


May 09, 2014 6:10 AM

Anyone notice how the EBR gets down on lean angle like a GP bike? Pretty crazy lookin stuff! I hope they can get the power deficiency solved! 240hp i imagine is hard to squeeze out of any engine design


May 09, 2014 6:07 PM

Great point about American riders paying for their season through contingency. A lot of top riders in the US make more money riding regional and club races for contingency money from manufacturers, and don't do many (or any) AMA races. The money at the AMA races for the privateers just isn't there. So the pool of American riders moving up is unfortunately drying out.


May 10, 2014 3:36 PM

Pardon my ignorance but what is NATCORK?

Since this is a Buell, why doesn't the front wheel bounce off the ground at idle?

In accordance with Buells Harley roots, at least it is similarly underperforming and unreliable.

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