Team Hero EBR

Round Four Preview – Assen, the Netherlands 17-19th April 2015


After a confidence-boosting upturn in their fortunes during the recent 2015 FIM Superbike World Championship races in Spain Team Hero EBR riders Larry Pegram and Niccolò Canepa now have a quick turnaround from one of the newest circuits on the calendar to one of the most established – Assen in the Netherlands.

Italy’s Canepa scored his first point of the year on the EBR 1190 RX a few days ago, finishing both races after reaching Superpole 1 with relative ease. Now he and Pegram expect to shoot for more and bigger points scores from here on in, starting at the sweeping, cambered and simply unique Circuit van Drenthe in Assen.

With so little time between the previous round on Sunday 12th April and Assen raceday on Sunday 19th April, all in the Italian-based American team are experiencing a particularly busy period right now.

Motivation is high after both riders finished each 18-lap Motorland Aragon race in good order, with Niccolò now appearing on the championship points table just behind Larry.

Combined team manager and rider Pegram has ridden at Assen before, in the Supersport World Championship category. This is an unusual situation for Larry in his first full season in the Superbike World Championship, but he competed on a longer layout back in 1999, before the North Loop section was removed.

The immediate aim for both riders and team at Assen is to find machine settings to improve outright performance on track, in both qualifying and race modes.

After Assen the team will continue their development programme through the season to maximise the great potential of the Hero EBR 1190 RX – all the way to the final round at Losail in Qatar in mid-October.

Larry Pegram
“I actually raced at Assen way back in 1999, on a factory Ducati WSS machine in place of injured regular rider Paolo Casoli. So I have ridden at the venue before but on the old track and quite honestly I don’t remember so much about it. I am excited to race there again as it is such a historic circuit and the fans that go there are so passionate. I think after Aragon we are on the right track and we can look forward to improving at Assen. I know this will be a better circuit layout for our bike as well.”

Niccolò Canepa
“I like Assen and last year I won two World SBK Evo Superbike races, one in dry conditions and one in the wet, so I cannot wait to race there. Assen gave me the best memory of last year. I think it could also be a good track for our bike because there is only one medium size straight, not so long, and the track has a lot of medium to high-speed corners. These are the kind of corners we like and that are good for the bike. I think we can do better than in Aragon. Maybe Assen and then Imola could be the best tracks for us. It is always amazing to race at Assen because there are a lot of spectators, and it is like the university of motorcycle racing. Going fast there is very important and more difficult than other tracks.”