Team Hero EBR riders Geoff May and Aaron Yates were all smiles after the opening session on track at Laguna Seca after both Americans were comfortably inside the top 20. Geoff, 16th and Aaron 20th declared themselves satisfied and were optimistic at the prospect of progressing into Tissot-Superpole for the first time.
It was clear from the opening 45 minutes that their track knowledge would play a huge part in allowing them to find a solid base setting from which to work, but after failing to improve in FP2, there was disappointment for the team as the day drew to a close. Aaron suffered a technical problem after improving in the first part of FP3 while Geoff who rode superbly in FP3 ended the day in 22nd position overall missing out on Superpole for the first time by 0.014s.
Ahead of the on track action today, Aaron was involved in yesterday’s media event at the Monterrey Aquarium, taking the time to join the other represented manufacturers on a tour of one of the world’s largest open sea exhibits.
Aaron Yates: “It has been nice to be back in Laguna and ride finally in a track I already know. Unfortunately we did not make it to Superpole despite this morning’s good performance. I hope tomorrow we can find some new improvements. I want to congratulate with my Geoff for his performance today, he missed Superpole by the narrowest margin which shows our hard work is paying off.”
Geoff May: “It was a hard this FP3 because we missed our first Superpole by nothing and it is unbelievable to be so close. Anyway, we made another step forward and now we must continue to improve the bike in FP4 and for the races. Thanks to the whole team for continuing to work so hard”