After the disappointing news that Geoff was unable to take part in either of today’s two races in Sepang due to an ongoing electrical problem, Aaron Yates was the sole rider representing Team Hero EBR in the heat and humidity of Sepang bringing his EBR1190RX machine claiming a pair of encouraging results.
Race one saw Aaron dicing with several riders, eventually finishing in 16th at the flag, our best result of the season and just missing out on our first championship point.
Happy with the performance and the reliability race two saw an equally satisfying race with Aaron finishing a respectable 16th, and narrowly missing the team’s first ever World Championship point after another gruelling race in the heat and humidity. The race was initially red flagged after 3 laps after Claudio Corti’s MV Agusta expired by which time Aaron had moved into 25th and was involved in a fight with both of the Team Toth BMW machines.
A ten lap restart was without incident, allowing Aaron to claim a double finish with 20th at the flag.
The entire team are buoyed by this double result, and whilst of course disappointed that Geoff had to miss both races they move to Misano in a fortnight with optimism.
Aaron Yates: “It’s hard to keep focused with nobody to follow, but after the riders I was fighting with in race one stopped I was left on my own. 16th is the best result of the year but it would have been nice to get the elusive first point. Race two I had a good battle with the BMW’s and we can go to Misano satisfied with our double top 20 finishes and ready to push for the next step forward.”
Despite being unable to compete in the races, Geoff was still buoyant about his Malaysian experience.
Geoff May: “The track is so much fun to ride, obviously I am disappointed at not being able to ride but we have to keep in mind that this is a new campaign, a new bike and our development year! We know what the issue is and we have things coming over the next few races. Things don’t happen overnight but we will get there and we have to keep focused like we have been and moving forward.”