Aaron Yates and Geoff May are convinced Team Hero Erik Buell Racing is still making good progress with the 1190RX Superbike, despite continued technical issues hampering its race weekends.

The American outfit has endured a difficult first season of World Superbike racing and though it has started to make steady progress in terms of outright pace, it has struggle for overall reliability.

As it stands, in 26 race starts (excluding May missing the opening round through injury), Yates and May have brought the 1190RX home on just ten occasions and neither has scored a point as yet. Perhaps more worrying is the number of DNS' (eight in total) brought about by technical issues that can't be fixed before the next race.

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Nonetheless, Yates and May refuse to be too downhearted and are confident they will continue to make steps forward next time out at Portimao.

"There is nothing much to say apart from that I am very disappointed about my retirement because we made good improvements during the weekend and I really wanted to ride in both races," Yates said. "The whole team is working hard and I am sure in Portimao we will make another step forward in the development of the bike."

"I tried to push hard in both races but a technical problem with the clutch put me out of Race 1 and in Race 2 I preferred to stop to prevent any problem for the guys fighting for the podium," May added. "Starting from the pitlane left me too far from the other riders and it wasn't easy to close the gap. We are doing our best and I really hope for a better result in Portimao."


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ducati1098: Give Buell a break since this is their first time racing in this capacity. they are a small company with limited resources and I do believe this experience will allow them to get better next year. They also need stronger riders I think but prying top riders to that team will be very difficult if not impossible. Anyways Buell is doing a good job by jumping head on in a very difficult series but they will learn how to develop their craft better as they learn more information and gathering data. [\blockquote]

Surely if you are a small company with limited resources then you do your development phase through a national series and iron out the bugs BEFORE launching yourself at a full factory effort at World level? Learning to walk before trying to run springs to mind.
Racing is all about promoting the brand. How is Buell gaining positive brand equity when they are running at the back / breaking down all the time?