Erik Buell Racing expands its racing presence in 2014, adding an AMSOIL/Hero entry to the 2014 AMA Pro Racing SuperBike class. Cory West, who raced in the AMA SuperBike class in 2013 aboard an EBR 1190RS for Motosport.com, has been tapped to ride for the team.
The AMSOIL/Hero partnership fueled one of EBR’s primary entries in the previous year’s AMA SuperBike championship. Up to now it was unclear whether the team would return to the American series, especially in light of the transfer of resources to the Team Hero EBR World Superbike effort. Thanks to additional support from Shorai, K&L Supply and Foremost Insurance the AMSOIL/Hero team was able pull together an entry less than one week before the season opener in Daytona.
“EBR, Hero and AMSOIL have already committed to race our American superbikes in WSBK, and partnered with Pegram Racing to field an EBR 1190 in the Foremost Insurance livery for AMA Superbike racing,” explained EBR founder, Erik Buell. “But we were really hoping to continue the tradition of an AMSOIL/Hero EBR bike on the grid. With the additional support of Shorai, K&L and Foremost, we have been able to put that together as well. The team will be pitted along with the Pegram Racing Foremost entry, and we think Cory and Larry will be excellent partners in putting on great performances with EBR 1190’s in 2014.”
AMSOIL Race Program Manager, Jeremy Meyer, added, “We are happy to support the main EBR team on their move to World Superbike, and having a one-two punch on EBR’s with Cory and Larry in AMA SuperBike will be a major benefit to our U.S. efforts.”
Following the announcement of EBR’s new 1190RX during the 2013 AIMExpo, the American marque has expanded its operations with a new office outside of Amsterdam and more than 60 founding dealerships in the United States. It’s also supported the technical development of a number of Hero motorcycles, which were recently unveiled at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo.
West was named Rookie of the Year in 2004 and has since competed in SuperSport, SportBike and SuperBike. His best season to-date came in 2011 while in Daytona SportBike, finishing fifth overall with a number of top-five finishes including a second-place result in the Daytona 200. West piloted his 1190RS to a season-best fourth-place finish in the final race of 2013 at Laguna Seca.