Team Hero EBR have had a positive first day at Phillip Island with Geoff May and Aaron Yates continue to evolve the all new EBR 1190 RX machines.
The all new American team, who only turned a wheel for the first time on Monday, are having to contend with a totally new circuit in addition to having no pre-season testing, but that hasn’t prevented an impressive improvement from both riders with every lap completed.
The first Friday session at the iconic Phillip Island circuit, Australia was a complete wash out as the heavens opened throughout the morning, meaning there was little point for the team team to take to the track. In fact only 8 of the full time superbike competitors recorded a lap time.
This afternoon however was a different story as the sun and wind dried the 4.4km circuit allowing Geoff and Aaron to complete 20 and 17 laps respectively. Both riders continue to improve and with the added satisfaction that as it currently stands Geoff is in the final superpole spot of 20th the team have every reason to smile.
Geoff May – Team Hero EBR: ”We are continuing to improve the bike and constantly trying new things. It’s much better now on the back part of the section and on the run up to Lucky Heights. The bike is turning well, I just need a bit more drive but it will come. To be inside the top 20 is encouraging and we aren’t too far from the 33’s – let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”
Aaron Yates – Team Hero EBR: ”The bike is turning better now and I have a better feel which is encouraging. We are still working on the suspension to get more feedback with the tyres but we are definitely moving in the right direction.”
Both Hero EBR riders will be back on track for the final free practice session in the morning and if all goes to plan the Tissot Superpole sessions which are scheduled to start at 1500 local time.