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AMA Pro Superbike series regular Larry Pegram is planning to
race his Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing EBR 1190 as a Wild Card entrant in
the eni FIM Superbike World Championship event July 11-13 at Mazda Raceway
When asked why he was skipping the AMA Pro Superbike race at
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to run as a World Superbike Wild Card, Pegram told
Roadracingworld.com, “I’m way out of the points because we basically had three
races that we didn’t finish. So I’m just trying to get some more media coverage
and some more track time on the bike, because track time is really limited when
we’re there with AMA. We’re just trying to develop this thing [EBR] as fast as
we can. So it’s more track time and we’re definitely going to get more exposure
for our sponsors than we get racing with the AMA.”
Pegram said he would be running his same EBR Superbike with
a few modifications to suit World Superbike rules, like aluminum wheels in
place of his normal magnesium wheels, a special muffler to meet FIM’s stricter
exhaust noise limit and headlamp stickers.
Pegram also said his teammate Cory West will still race his
Team AMSOIL Hero EBR in AMA Pro Superbike at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
In 2013, Michael Jordan Motorsports opted to withdraw its
riders, Danny Eslick and Roger Hayden, from the AMA Pro Superbike finale at
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, which was not going to be televised, to enter them
as Wild Cards in the eni FIM Superbike World Championship races at the same
event, which was televised around the world.