Team Hero EBR
Round Three Race – Motorland Aragon, Spain 10-12th April 2015
Larry Pegram and Niccolò Canepa made progress with their Hero EBR 1190 RX machines at Motorland Aragon today, with Canepa recording his first point for his new team in an FIM Superbike World Championship race.
After a tough time in the previous round Motorland Aragon went much more to plan, with Canepa into Superpole in practice and then taking 15th place in race one; 18th in race two.
The Italian rider made set-up changes between races, to try and handle what were much higher track temperatures than in race one (up from 18°C to 32°C), but the revised settings did not help his quest for more points.
Pegram simply felt the effects of not quite enough track time to make the most of the 18-lap races in Spain, with the undulating 5.077km circuit providing the American rider with a tough challenge to overcome. He scored two race finishes, in 17th and 19th.
In the championship rankings Pegram is 22nd with two points from the first round in Australia, while Canepa enters the points ranking in 24th spot.
A quick European turnaround means that the next round takes place one week from now, at the classic and flowing Assen circuit in the Netherlands. Raceday will be on Sunday 19th April.
“Overall, we cannot be happy with our positions but for the team to finish both races with both riders and have no issues, we can move onto the next race and start to improve. We got our feet back under us after Thailand and now it is time to go out and try to go faster. Nick got into the points in race one and he finished the races with no problem. I am feeling the effects of not knowing the tracks. That is no excuse, but for me it takes a little longer to learn them. I enjoyed the races although I was just a little bit off.”
“We reached our targets here this weekend and we are quite happy about that, but now we have to be focused on development to get faster. We have improved for sure but we want to better and to be more consistently in the points. Maybe Assen and Imola will be better – Assen because of the track layout and Imola because I always liked it and I have always gone well there. I think I can push harder at these rounds. I am not 100% satisfied here because we always want to make better results but I got my first point with this bike and for now that is enough.”