You may have been wondering what the issue was that vexed HONOS Superbike rider Josh Herrin on the starting grid of Saturday’s race one at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
On Thursday during Move-In Day for the Superbikes at Pittsburgh event at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, we talked with Herrin’s team owner Steve Scheibe, who told us that the #2 Scheibe Racing BMW Superbike fell victim to electrical gremlins during Saturday’s Superpole session last weekend at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
When Herrin came into the pits to have the crew put in the “Q” tire, the bike wouldn’t start. The no-start situation also cropped up on the starting grid for race one. Herrin finally managed to get the bike started, but he ended his race early because he said there was an intermittent issue during the race, and he came in to the pits and called it a day.
On Saturday night, Scheibe and his team went through the bike’s electrical system from nose to tail and swapped out a number of components. Herrin didn’t experience the problem in Sunday’s race, and in fact, in the Sunday morning warmup, according to Scheibe, “The bike was the fastest it had ever gone around Road Atlanta on race tires.”
When asked to explain the electrical gremlin in layperson’s terms, Scheibe said, “The bike needs a code from the dash to allow the ECU to initiate the start sequence, and a technical issue prevented the bike from being started.”
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