Erik Buell Racing Makes First Sales

January 15, 2010
Bart Madson
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Buell back selling motorcycles. But hold on, wait, it’s not what you may think. Erick Buell Racing, run by the former head of Buell Motorcycles, has sold its first racing motorcycles. The news, released this morning by Erik Buell Racing, reports a pair of 1190RR superbikes were purchased by a European privateer squad, the Team. The two bikes will be campaigned in the European Sound of Thunder Series.
Taylor Knapp Buell 1125R
AMA competitor Taylor Knapp riding the Buell 11125R. Erik Buell Racing will support 2010 efforts aboard the model in both the American Superbike and Daytona SportBike classes as well as other series worldwide.

Piloting the 1190RR will be 2009 Sound of Thunder champ Harald Kitsch, who rode the 1125R for the team last year at the final round in the Pro Thunder class.

“Kitsch is a very talented rider with World Endurance Championship and German IDM experience. He is really looking forward to racing the new bike,” said Pegasusraceteam manager Jens Kruper in the EBR press release.

The German-based team will also race the Buell 1125R and XB12R in support classes for the European series, with Pegasusraceteam’s Thomas Wanner saying in the press announcement, “We have had great success with the 1125R and XB12R in the last few years. Now we will expand our program by using the new 1190RR-B.”

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The Sound of Thunder series has dates set for three different European circuits, with a schedule as follows:
Round 1 + 2: April 16-18 Eurospeedway Lausitz
Round 3 + 4: May 27-30, TT-Circuit Assen
Round 5 + 6: June 24-27, Motorsport Arena Oschersleben
Round 7 + 8: September 16-19 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben

Founder of Buell Motorcycles and EBR, Erik Buell, said in the release:
“We are extremely pleased that the Pegasusrace team will be the first team in the world to get the new 1190RR-B. Over the years, I’ve been very impressed with every aspect of their organization and I know they will do well. We’ve been working very hard to develop this bike and get our race shop set up and organized as we begin to showcase the finest race parts and technology we can deliver without restriction.”

On top of the 1190RR-B European-Spec superbikes sold to the Team, Erick Buell Racing is building race-only versions of the 1125R, including both Daytona SportBike and American Superbike-spec models to compete in the upcoming 2010 AMA Pro Road Racing season.

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