4 December 2014
Canepa, Pegram form new EBR WSBK line-up
"It was very exciting for me to see an American motorcycle in our championship, and by the end of 2014 the 1190RX was getting quite fast" - Niccolo Canepa.
Niccolò Canepa will partner Larry Pegram at Team Hero EBR for the 2015 World Superbike championship.
Canepa - who has raced for Ducati in MotoGP and WSBK, as well as undertaking factory development duties - will be switching to the EBR 1190RX after finishing 13th in this year's championship on an Althea run-Panigale.
“I'm delighted to join with Team Hero EBR for 2015 in the World Superbike championship,” said the Italian. “This is the perfect opportunity for me to combine my development and my racing skills.
“Being on track with the EBRs in 2014, it was very exciting for me to see an American motorcycle in our championship, and by the end of 2014 the 1190RX was getting quite fast. They came a long way from mid-season and really got my attention! I am looking forward to being part of the next step up in performance.”
Geoff May and Aaron Yates raced full-time for EBR this season, but it was Pegram who scored the team's first points as a wild-card at Laguna Seca.
In addition to his 2015 riding duties, Pegram will take on the role of team manager.
“This coming season is something very special for me and I can't wait to get started,” he said. “Moving to the EBR motorcycles for me was a big deal, as I have wanted forever to see an American brand in performance motorcycles.
“Although there were only a few AMA races in 2014, my team and I learned the EBR quickly. Our points finish in WSBK at Laguna, and podium finish in the last AMA race weekend show the potential of this motorcycle, and also convinced me and EBR that Pegram Racing could play a major role in moving the EBR World Superbike effort forward.”
While the rider line-up and team structure has been revised, Erik Buell Racing confirmed the continued backing from India's Hero MotoCorp.
"We are delighted to be able to participate in the 2015 World Superbike championship," Erik Buell said. "2014 was a learning year for us, and we thank very much all the members of the 2014 team for their hard work. It was an incredible task to take on last year, having riders and motorcycles new to the circuit, and team members with no experience on our bikes.
“For 2015, based on what we learned last year, we have made many changes and look forward to seeing how these all play out. At the highest level of competition like this, everything has to gel and we think we have the right combination to address what we learned last year.
"Larry Pegram will not only be riding, but will also be the team manager. Based on our experience with Pegram Racing in the US, including the wild-card WSBK round, we feel that Larry will bring a strong connection between the factory and paddock and his calm under pressure will be just what we need.
"Niccolo will be a super addition with his tremendous combination of winning performance and testing experience on the SBK tracks. We also will be bringing the exciting new experience of Larry and his family doing World Superbike to all the fans of the Superbike Family TV show and to new fans around the world.
"My personal and grateful thanks go out to Hero Motocorp for continuing as our primary sponsor, and to AMSOIL for their sponsorship and technical support.”
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