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Jan 28, 2013

Yates To Join May On EBR 1190RS In AMA Pro Superbike, Hero And AMSOIL Return As Sponsors

Geoff May (99) on his EBR 1190RS Superbike.
INDIA'S HERO MOTOCORP TO SPONSOR EBR AMA PRO RACING AMERICAN SUPERBIKE TEAMS FOR 2013 SEASON

East Troy, WI: EBR (Erik Buell Racing) announced today the awaited news on sponsorship for the 2013 AMA Pro Racing season.

"We are very happy to announce that Hero MotoCorp will be returning as the title sponsor for the Team Hero EBR 1190RS in the 2013 AMA Pro Racing American Superbike series", said Erik Buell. "This year the Team Hero entry will be for the #99 with Geoff May riding. Geoff will have Mike Fitzgerald as crew chief, with last year's crew of Ryan Kelly and Grant Singley. Expect to see several Hero technicians working with the team while sharpening their expertise for future racing in India."

The AMSOIL/Hero team will return also for 2013, this year on the exciting entry of Aaron Yates riding the #20 EBR 1190RS. Aaron's core team will include the proven AMA Superbike experience of Evan Steel as crew chief, joined by Phil Allison and Willie Vass, who have years of AMA Superbike experience with Evan. "Joining EBR to help put American motorcycle in the front of AMA Superbike is a dream job for Phil, Willie and myself" said Evan, "We have been passionate about sport bikes and racing for a long time, but what EBR has done is really special, and something we truly respect. Aaron is such a talented rider and a friend as well, so this is going to be a great year."

According to Pawan Munjal, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Hero MotoCorp Ltd, "We are delighted with our participation in the AMA Superbike Championships. This is our second consecutive year at these races and we are excited with the progress that our teams have made. Our partnership with Erik at AMA Pro Racing is a natural extension of our technology alliance with EBR. Personally, I am happy to see brand Hero make its mark with EBR 1190RS on this competitive platform."

The core teams will also add Robbie Jensen for suspension work, and Mike Kirkpatrick for transportation and logistics. Michael Tjon, who has been at the track with EBR since the first outing, will be focusing on powertrain development as the lead on this work in East Troy. "I do love racing and the track excitement, but after the last two and a half years doing that, it is to get off the road for a while so I can focus on the technical part that I love best," said Michael. "We ran all last year with stock engines, and we need to push further this season."

Managing both teams will be Rick Kress, who will be returning to his home state of Wisconsin much of the year, although keeping his residence in Alabama. "I have had a really rewarding career as a crew chief in AMA Superbike for many years," said Rick "but I have been wanting to step up to manage more, and this team is just the right fit for me."

"We have been very happy with our sponsorship of Geoff May, and are delighted to have Aaron Yates on board this year," said Jeremy Meyers, Race Program Manager, AMSOIL. "EBR has been a great partner for us in racing and product development, especially as the new EBR products get closer to volume production. Erik has aligned himself with super riders and sponsors like Hero MotoCorp, and I believe our value with both Aaron and Geoff will be great this season."

Erik also added, "We at EBR truly enjoy competing in the AMA Pro Racing American Superbike series, and I want to take the time to thank all the other teams, sponsors and of course, the fans who come to the track and follow on TV. We have a spectacularly competitive show that spectators love, so tell your friends to come and see a race. They will walk away amazed at the incredible talent we have here in America."

Hero MotoCorp is the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer in terms of unit volumes by a single company in a calendar year. Hero sold over six million motorcycles and scooters in the calendar year 2012.