Team Hero EBR Rider Larry Pegram Delivers Down Under

Ohio native Larry Pegram wheelied to a points-scoring finish in Australia.

Larry Pegram flew halfway around the world to make his overseas World Superbike debut only to be flattened by a stomach bug. But on Sunday at Phillip Island, the 41-year-old American zipped up his leathers, threw a leg over his Team Hero EBR 1190RX, and gutted his way to 18th in race one and 14th in race two, the latter finish earning two championship points.

The five-time AMA Superbike race winner fought the illness for five days. “I am gritting my teeth to ride,” he said after Saturday’s qualifying session. “I feel good in the mornings, but by mid-day I am back down again. I am trying to think my way around the laps, but I cannot get my brain to concentrate.”

Pegram’s performance in race two equaled his wildcard appearance last July at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and remains the best finish by an EBR rider in a world championship event. As he did for a number of years in the AMA paddock, Pegram is playing the dual role of team manager and rider, only this time it’s on an international stage.

This is Pegram’s first season in World Superbike and second racing an EBR.

Last season, Geoff May and Aaron Yates campaigned a pair of the American-built V-twins in World Superbike under the Team Hero banner. Both riders suffered frequent mechanical setbacks, and neither May nor Yates scored any points. This year, Pegram is the only American competing in the premier class; New Yorker PJ Jacobsen finished 10th in Sunday’s Supersport race on a Kawasaki.

Pegram’s teammate, former Ducati MotoGP rider Niccolo Canepa, was gridded 15th, four spots ahead of Pegram, but the Italian crashed out of race one, injuring his left ankle, and did not start the second event. Up front, former Pata Honda teammates Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) and Leon Haslam (Aprilia) split wins, with each 22-lapper ending in a spectacular photo finish. Ducati factory rider Chaz Davies was a close third in both races.

“I definitely got tired in that second race,” Pegram said, “but we got some points. I am upset for Nicky getting hurt, but we showed in testing, and even here in the race weekend, that we are going to be fighting for top 10s.”

The 13-round FIM Superbike World Championship resumes in one month at Thailand’s Chang International Circuit.

Ohio native Larry Pegram wheelied to a points-scoring finish in Australia.

Larry Pegram flew halfway around the world to make his overseas World Superbike debut only to be flattened by a stomach bug. But on Sunday at Phillip Island, the 41-year-old American zipped up his leathers, threw a leg over his Team Hero EBR 1190RX, and gutted his way to 18th in race one and 14th in race two, the latter finish earning two championship points.

The five-time AMA Superbike race winner fought the illness for five days. “I am gritting my teeth to ride,” he said after Saturday’s qualifying session. “I feel good in the mornings, but by mid-day I am back down again. I am trying to think my way around the laps, but I cannot get my brain to concentrate.”

Pegram’s performance in race two equaled his wildcard appearance last July at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and remains the best finish by an EBR rider in a world championship event. As he did for a number of years in the AMA paddock, Pegram is playing the dual role of team manager and rider, only this time it’s on an international stage.

This is Pegram’s first season in World Superbike and second racing an EBR.

Last season, Geoff May and Aaron Yates campaigned a pair of the American-built V-twins in World Superbike under the Team Hero banner. Both riders suffered frequent mechanical setbacks, and neither May nor Yates scored any points. This year, Pegram is the only American competing in the premier class; New Yorker PJ Jacobsen finished 10th in Sunday’s Supersport race on a Kawasaki.

Pegram’s teammate, former Ducati MotoGP rider Niccolo Canepa, was gridded 15th, four spots ahead of Pegram, but the Italian crashed out of race one, injuring his left ankle, and did not start the second event. Up front, former Pata Honda teammates Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) and Leon Haslam (Aprilia) split wins, with each 22-lapper ending in a spectacular photo finish. Ducati factory rider Chaz Davies was a close third in both races.

“I definitely got tired in that second race,” Pegram said, “but we got some points. I am upset for Nicky getting hurt, but we showed in testing, and even here in the race weekend, that we are going to be fighting for top 10s.”

The 13-round FIM Superbike World Championship resumes in one month at Thailand’s Chang International Circuit.

Team Hero EBR rider Niccolo Canepa on the starting grid at Phillip Island.

Canepa (59) crashed out of race one, injuring his left ankle.

This is Pegram’s first season in World Superbike and second racing an EBR.

Ohio native Larry Pegram wheelied to a points-scoring finish in Australia.