EBR 1190RX dominates
The EBR 1190RX made its
Australian racing debut with a clean sweep of all four races in the National
BEARS class for the Pirelli Race Series at Phillip Island.
Two weeks ago, EBR
Australia took ASBK racer Chas Hern to Broadford for a video shoot with the new
EBR 1190RX. Expecting nothing more than some great footage, the team was
surprised to see Hern making 60 second laps on a completely stock bike with
The decision was made to
enter Chas and the 1190RX into the National BEARS class for round three of the
Pirelli Race Series at Phillip Island - this time, with only Pirelli race
rubber and fibreglass fairings. The bike ran a standard exhaust, no
quickshifter, no engine modifications, and standard street gearing, which is a
little high for the Phillip Island.
Competing against a field
of race prepared motorcycles that included Aprilia RSV4s, Ducati Panigales, KTM
RC8 1190s and BMW S1000RRs, Chas and the EBR 1190RX took pole position in
qualifying, and won all four races over the weekend, with a fastest lap of
1:38.065 in race 3.
After race 1, Hern said
“I’m very impressed to say the least. It handles like a 600 - and the standard
suspension package is fantastic. The bike is just so nimble on changes of
direction - and even though we’re a little overgeared with the factory
sprockets, the monster torque of the American 1190 engine gives me plenty of
drive out of turns.
“The ergonomics are
absolutely ideal for a race package. I hope I’m given the opportunity to
continue developing the bike at the next round, where we might see a race
system, quickshifter and different gearing fitted. But in the corners, it’s
EBR Australia’s Joseph
Elasmar was delighted with the results: “This is a testament to what the 1190RX
is capable of right out of the crate. We all knew Erik Buell’s credentials when
it comes to road bikes, this shows what his outside the box thinking can
achieve on a racetrack. Frankly, we’re stoked. This is the beginning of EBR
racing in Australia, and Chas was running a fairly consistent half second
faster than the rest of the field.
“We’ll be back, I
don’t think we can really turn up to our first race with a stock bike, win 4 of
4 races and then give it all up.”