EBR to enter WSBK

EBR will become first US manufacturer to field a bike in WSBK with the 2014 1190RX

ERIK Buell Racing will enter World Superbikes in 2014 running the new 1190RX.

It will make EBR the first US manufacturer ever to field a bike in WSBK.

Team Hero EBR, a partnership with Hero MotorCorp, India's largest bike manufacturer, will switch from the AMA series to WSBK with US riders Geoff May and Aaron Yates.

EBR founder Erik Buell said: “The EBR 1190RX has some very unique engineering technology, and how to optimise this for each race series is something that takes time to learn. With the winter testing ban, we will have to wait and see where we are in terms of current pace and performance. Nobody is expecting podiums, but we will be hard at work, learning and improving. We are confident EBR will bring a fun and exciting story to the series, and know the results will come.”

Team manager Giulio Bardi said: “We are delighted to announce our plans to compete in the 2014 World Superbike championship. The entire team is excited and looking forward to the challenge ahead. Our riders Geoff and Aaron are both proven front runners within the AMA championship and will bring a wealth of riding experience to our campaign. We have a lot of work to do but when the lights go out for the opening race at Phillip Island in February, we will be ready.”

WSBK Executive Director Javier Alonso said: "It is a great pleasure for WSBK to welcome an attractive and unique brand like EBR to the series. The American manufacturer is the eighth different brand to compete in this new and challenging edition of the Championship, and we are equally confident that their involvement will add to the show. It is really good to have two American riders on the starting grid again representing a strong nationality in the history of the series."