EAST TROY, Wis. – Team Hero Erik Buell Racing will be returning to field American superbikes in the prestigious World Superbike championship in 2015.
Once again, EBR will run a two rider team in the premier SBK class, running the EBR 1190RX.
For 2015, the team will continue to have a European base in Italy, but will have a new team structure and riders. Larry Pegram and Niccolo Canepa will be the riders for 2015, bringing a new and international flavor to the Team Hero EBR bikes on the grid. In addition to his riding duties, Pegram will take on the role of overall team manager.
Larry Pegram brings a wealth of podium performances and wins on many brands, as well as a unique set of skills: A team leader who not only has managed his team successfully, but also created the popular Superbike Family reality television show. Pegram’s great personality and true love for promoting the sport has gained him a major following of fans in the US, and he will quickly grow his international fan base.
Pegram commented, “This coming season is something very special for me and I can’t wait to get started. Moving to the EBR motorcycles for me was a big deal, as I have wanted forever to see an American brand in performance motorcycles. Although there were only a few AMA races in 2014, my team and I learned the EBR quickly. Our points finish in WSBK at Laguna, and podium finish in the last AMA race weekend show the potential of this motorcycle, and also convinced me and EBR that Pegram Racing could play a major role in moving the EBR World Superbike effort forward.”
Niccolo Canepa has a very exciting combination of years of experience successfully racing in World Superstock class (2007 Champion), World Superbike (2nd in Evo class in 2014) and MotoGP circuits, and a background of development testing including at the MotoGP level.
Canepa commented, “I’m delighted to join with Team Hero EBR for 2015 in the World Superbike championship. This is the perfect opportunity for me to combine my development and my racing skills. Being on track with the EBRs in 2014, it was very exciting for me to see an American motorcycle in our championship, and by the end of 2014 the 1190RX was getting quite fast. They came a long way from mid-season and really got my attention! I am looking forward to being part of the next step up in performance.”
Erik Buell Racing also announced the continued association with Hero MotoCorp Ltd, who will play a pivotal part in being on the grid next year.