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WSBK Laguna Seca: EBR scores first points but with Pegram

Wild-card Larry Pegram bests the factory EBR's by taking his privateer 1190RX to the manufacturer's first-ever WSBK points.
Erik Buell Racing has become the first American manufacturer to score points in the World Superbike Championship on home soil at Laguna Seca, albeit unexpectedly via its privateer wild-card entrant Larry Pegram.

One of nine manufacturers competing in 2014, the official factory Team Hero EBR outfit made the move into the WSBK this season but has endured a difficult time in bringing the new 1190RX Superbike up to speed with its main rivals.

Having concentrated its resources for a stronger performance on familiar territory at Laguna Seca, factory riders Geoff May and Aaron Yates duly showed notably improved pace over the course of the weekend, with the former very nearly cracking Superpole for the first time.

However, come the races it was Pegram – who usually rides his eponymous Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing EBR 1190RX in the domestic AMA series – that would emerge as the manufacturer's leading contender, benefiting from the high attrition rate in race two to finish 16th, which became 14th at the expense of the two Bimotas being excluded.

With May classified in 16th place and just out of the points, it meant Pegram would emerge with the honour of becoming the first rider in history to take an EBR machine into the points.

Despite the unexpected turn of results, May was nonetheless satisfied with the upturn of performance at Laguna Seca and believes it stands EBR in good stead for the remainder of its first year.

“I gave 110 per cent. I really wanted two solid results here at home, for the fans, for the team and for everyone at EBR. I love riding here at Laguna and the results are for the whole team who have worked so hard all season long and have never given up.

“I hope that we can continue with the steps forward in the last four rounds and hopefully at Jerez I can also take us into Superpole for the first time.”


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Vilas46

July 19, 2014 2:53 AM
Last Edited 120 days ago

Joeski yeah i think BSB could had been more interesting for them because most of the British tracks are tigth and very tecnical so would had been better for one engine that is low on Power.. At least the bike have a good chassi and it will be interesting to wach the braking power!! This AMA Video is very nice because you can see one rider using one Vtwin Motorcycle on the maximam effort to keep up with one GSXR clearly faster on straigth but not has good on brakes has the EBR also thankx to the Vtwin engine.. youtube.com/watch?v=qetWxMAHVqU

V4Poweeeer

July 17, 2014 9:14 AM

1MoreRound: Can we please do away with the phony headlight decals? That is all.
I doubt it will its merely a rule for Dornas/WSBKs marketing department for people who just dknt know that there is a difference between an M1 and an R1. Imo you don't learn that in a relatively short oeriod of watching the sport then your interest in the sport is probably very little.



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