Hero EBR manager Giulio Bardi has played down his team's steady start to its World Superbike Championship campaign during pre-season testing at Phillip Island as he expects large improvements to be made over the coming days.

A historic moment for Erik Buell Racing as it became the first American manufacturer to turn a wheel in a World Superbike capacity on Monday, the test marked the first outing for the new 1190RX Superbike, as well as a first visit to Phillip Island for riders Geoff May and Aaron Yates.

With this in mind, it was perhaps little surprise that the pair were more than seven seconds off the pace following the opening day of the test, the pair also losing precious track time with inevitable niggling issues too.

The pair would fare considerably better on day two as they each slashed three seconds off their lap times and while it still meant they were rooted towards the tail of the timesheets, it marked a big single gain overnight, much to Bardi's satisfaction.

"This is the first time that the bikes have turned a wheel on track," he said. "We had teething problems and we expected this but this is what testing is all about. Overall we are happy as we rectified the small problem that we had and both riders were able to improve.

"I am confident that we will continue to improve throughout Friday's official practices and again by the time qualifying comes. We are looking forward to the opening races on Sunday and will do our best to achieve the best results that we can at this early stage in the season."

Crucially for EBR, the 1190RX is considerably down on top speed compared with its rivals, with May reaching the speed gun at 278km/h. This is compared with Sylvain Guintoli, who was the quickest rider in straight line at 314km/h.



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