Larry Pegram and Erik Buell Racing will be partnering up in 2014 to race an EBR 1190RX in AMA Superbike. This will be Pegram’s third different OEM in as many years, as he rode a Yamaha last year, BMW before that and Ducati in 2011.
Supporting Pegram will be his long-time title sponsor, Foremost Insurance Group, along with EBR sponsors AMSOIL and Hero MotoCorp. Pegram will also continue with his reality TV show on Velocity, Superbike Family, that takes you through Pegram’s life — not just at the races, but at home as well.
The move is also a big step for EBR, as the team announced last year it would be competing in the 2014 World Superbike Championship with riders Geoff May and Aaron Yates also onboard the 1190RX. For such a small outfit like EBR to be supporting two major racing campaigns indicates EBR (with help from Hero MotoCorp) is serious about challenging the existing players in the sportbike world.
With AMA Pro Roadracing only competing at five rounds this year, and interest in the series dropping rapidly because of it, the injection of EBR back into the series is definitely seen as beneficial, though possibly too little, too late.
The AMA Pro Roadracing season begins March 13-15, 2014, at Daytona International Speedway.