East Troy, Wis. (May 6, 2012) – Team Hero and Amsoil/Hero Erik Buell Racing (EBR) riders had a great weekend in the third round of the AMA Pro Racing Superbike series this weekend at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA, with both riders each getting on the podium once.
In Saturday’s race Danny Eslick rode the Team Hero #69 EBR 1190RS from a first lap off-track excursion up to 3rd place, in a tightly fought battle with 2nd place finisher Blake Young on his Yoshimura Suzuki. Geoff May on the #99 AMSOIL/Hero EBR 1190RS had a bad start and was in 13th place initially, but fought his way back through a talented field to finish in 5th place.
On Sunday morning, Danny had a rough crash in practice, but rolled out to the grid Sunday afternoon, more than a little battered. But he hung in there, and when the checkered flag waved, Geoff was in 3rd, after being passed for second in the last corner by Roger Hayden, and Danny was in 6th, only .001 out of 5th place.
“The team did an amazing job this weekend,” said Erik Buell, “This is our first time to Infineon with the new EBR 1190RS, and the competition is fierce, but the riders and crew really got the bikes dialed in quickly. This track really rewards the handling and braking qualities of our bikes.”
“The Team Hero1190RS and I are starting to get along just fine,” said Danny Eslick. “Saturday’s race just kept getting better as I got more laps on the bike, and Blake and I had a great race for second. On Sunday I was just grateful how easy the 1190 is to ride, because I was really hurting from my morning crash! But I still had fun, and can’t wait for the next race. I can’t say enough good things about my new team; these guys are fantastic.”
“I really enjoyed this weekend, and feel like we have made tremendous progress with getting the settings right on the bikes. Thanks to Hero’s sponsorship we have the extra crew members to allow us to get more done, as well as having a great team mate in Danny.” said Geoff May. “The 1190 motors never missed a beat – the AMSOIL lubricants allow us to run them to the limit all day. I was holding 2nd up to the last lap Sunday, but I knew Roger would likely make a move on me at the end since he had the time to watch my lines. I’m definitely looking forward to the next round at Miller.”
Geoff moved up to 6th in the rider standings, and Danny to 8th. EBR is now third in the manufacturer standings.
The next race for the EBR teams is in the twelve round AMA Pro Racing Superbike series is May 26-28 at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.