At the end of a difficult maiden season for the first American manufacturer to compete in the World Superbike Championship, Team Hero EBR will at least come away from 2014 having finally made it to Superpole after Geoff May cracked the top twenty in Qatar.

Perched on the cusp of the top twenty spot he needed to assure himself of a place in the Superpole stage of qualifying, May took full advantage of the technical issues that sidelined MV Agusta's Claudio Corti from FP3 to snatch the position in the closing stages.

It means an EBR will take part in SP1 for the first time in Losail, a minor boost for some teams but something of a landmark for the American outfit and a validation of the steps forward it has made over the course of its rookie season.

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"This is a great result for Team Hero EBR and shows what hard work, determination and belief can do," said May. "Coming here to Qatar for the final round I had 2 objectives, the first was to make it into Superpole after missing out by thousandths at Laguna and the second was to score World Championship points.

"We have accomplished the first and we will see on Sunday if we can achieve the second. I gave it everything and was either going to make it into the top 20 or bury the bike in the sand trying (laughs). The team are doing a great job and it's good to have my ex crew chief from when I rode with EBR in the states with me. Let's see what we can do in Superpole."

EBR is yet to score a point as a factory entity, though Larry Pegram did take his privateer 1190RX to a 14th place finish during a wildcard outing at Laguna Seca.