Niccolo Canepa has given the EBR 1190RX a thumbs up following his first outing on the bike during two private tests in Louisiana and Florida.

The experienced former MotoGP racer has been signed to join the restructured Erik Buell Racing team for the 2015 World Superbike Championship season in a concerted effort by the American manufacturer to improve its fortunes after failing to score a point in 2014.

In preparations for next year, Canepa joined team manager-rider Larry Pegram in putting the AMA-specification, Pirelli-shod 1190RX bike through its paces at the NOLA circuit in Louisiana and the Jennings track in Florida, the Italian breaking the lap record at the latter by seven tenths of a second.

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Indeed, the former Ducati rider says he enjoyed getting better acquainted with the bike and is certain there is much more speed to come from it.

"It was good to leave Europe's weather behind and ride a bike in Louisiana and Florida in perfect conditions. Not only the weather was good, but so was the EBR Hero 1190RX! I was pleasantly surprised how good it was. It didn't take me long to feel comfortable and start pushing and trying to find its limits. The bike is a lovely package. It handles and steers really well and I enjoyed myself a lot during the tests.

"It was very interesting to try the bike on two different types of racetrack and that gave us a superb opportunity to try lots of different thing and get very used to it. Larry and I swapped bikes several times and we both had similar comments, so we know we're heading in the right direction.

"At Jennings I broke the lap record, which made us all very happy. There's more to come from this bike for sure. My first taste of it has been very good and positive and now I cannot wait to ride it again and see how far we can progress."