Team Hero EBR is celebrating after securing its first points as a manufacturer entry, though the milestone would come courtesy of rider-manager Larry Pegram and not - as expected - Niccolo Canepa.

Canepa's race debut with the restructured team - which failed to score in its first season of World Superbike racing in 2014 - had been one of the most keenly anticipated factors of the 2015 opener in Australia and his subsequent appearance in Superpole en route to 16th on the grid would prove an early fillip for the squad.

However, the Italian's hopes of getting the manufacturer off the mark would end with a sizeable technical-related crash in race one that would leave him with a damaged tendons in his ankle and a place on the sidelines for race two.

Even so, despite the inauspicious start, Canepa was pleased with his pace on the 1190RX and is confident he will be back in action for round two in Thailand.

"The tendon in my left ankle is seems broken, maybe 99% sure. We have to check after five days when the swelling goes down. It is really hurting right now but the doctors say there is no evidence that the bone is broken, so that is good, but I feel it may be.

"There was a technical issue and between the first and second corner I crashed. We will have to see what happened later. We are lucky because there is one month from here to Thailand so we can get 100 per cent ready."

Despite this, EBR would still get itself off the mark as Pegram picked up two points for 14th place in race two, a major boost for the American, who had been struggling with stomach flu in the lead up to the weekend.

"In race one I was doing decent lap times then chunked the front tyre about eight laps from the end. I was doing mid-1'34s until then and when I reached a certain point I slowed two seconds a lap. I saw people coming back to me up ahead and I was like 'Oh, they are slowing down.' Then my front tucked and then I realised why. We changed the front tyre in race two and at least we got some points out of the weekend. I felt pretty good today as I was not throwing up or sitting on the toilet all day for a change!

"I definitely got tired in that second race but we got some points and I'm happy with that. I am upset for Nicky getting hurt. But we will come back strong again at Thailand and we showed in testing, and even here in race weekend that we are going to be a team that is going to be fighting for top tens. I am happy with everything except the result for Nick."

EBR has scored in the World Superbike Championship before - courtesy of Pegram at Laguna Seca in 2014 -, though that was achieved on his privateer 1190RX.



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