Don't know all the in and outs of this deal...but a friend racing a New Buell 1199 (WSBK Spec) told me last race @ NOLA, that HERO is HUGE... and they were employing 25/30 folks working on the WSBK Race bikes!!! I know there are lotsa scooters in India.... but....damn!!!
Rub, can you say "job application"???
superbikeplanet.com said:CLAUDIO QUINTARELLI DISAPPOINTED BY THE AMERICAN MANAGEMENT OF HERO EBR TEAM
Claudio Quintarelli and his company QB Racing Team wish to strongly distance themselves from Larry Pegram's company Annelida Racing Incorporated, the American firm who managed the Team Hero EBR team this year in the FIM Superbike World Championship.
After managing the Team Hero EBR squad in 2014, Claudio Quintarelli's QB Racing Team had been responsible for all the logistics, accounting and all the Marketing & PR activities this year. Last but not least, the Italian based company rented to Annelida Racing Incorporated a fully equipped Racing Department, their technical truck and their hospitality unit.
After the announcement that EBR had ceased operations, Annelida Racing Incorporated was no longer able to bear the expenses to finish the season, breaking in advance the partnership with QB Racing Team.
Claudio Quintarelli, former Hero EBR Team Co-ordinator - "I'm really disappointed, since after almost two years spent giving my contribution to the Erik Buell brand into the FIM Superbike World Championship, I saw my effort completely thrown to the wind, without even a thank you in the press release sent out by Pegram Racing. Instead, I suffered damage to both by image and personal material. After learning from the media about the failure of EBR, I continued to work, pushing hard as I always did, as I was told by Larry Pegram that, somehow we would have finished the season either with the support of our title sponsor Hero MotoCorp, or with the support of some American sponsors. Unfortunately, on April 28th, I had to face the fact that the material of EBR and part of my own personal material disappeared from my Racing Department in Verdello. When I asked about this incident, I was told by Pegram that the things belonging to EBR had been required by some US banks in charge of handling the failure of EBR, and that the material of my property had been taken away by mistake. A simple mistake. Since Larry Pegram was the man who spoke with these banks, I immediately asked Pegram how to get back my property. Sadly, I never received an official reply and from that day my American partners disappeared from any communication. On a brighter note and to finish what I have to say at this moment, I wish to thank some people who showed a great passion and talent: Andreino Marinoni, Andrea Savi for the Marketing & PR, Mauro Donatini and Bruno Bonfanti, my friend Giulio Bardi - dismissed by the team in 2015 for American will, despite his great experience - and a truly talented rider like Niccolò Canepa. A very special thanks to all my sponsors, who still believe in me and in my company's job".
superbikeplanet.com said:Pegram Racing would like to make a brief statement on the inflammatory and false release distributed by Mr. Claudio Quintarelli of QB racing. Although it is not our intent to start conversation only make a statement and be done.
Pegram Racing was hired by EBR to turn around the dismal performances of the previous years team. We did this and were accomplishing great things this season . All in involved including Mr.Quintarelli (travel, shipping, and hospitality) were doing a great job. Unfortunately EBR filed for bankruptcy and we all are now experiencing great loss. None more than the dedicated employees of EBR and Pegram Racing. Our concerns are with all who are now struggling from this including Pegram Racing crew and EBR staff. To try to make accusations or asses blame is useless as Pegram Racing would be racing
this weekend and the remainder of the season if not for the bankruptcy of EBR.
Pegram Racing would also like to say that only propriety of Pegram Racing and or property that they were responsible for, was returned to the USA . Nothing of Mr.Quintarelli's was removed. We again want to thank all involved with the team this year as the failure to continue was certainly not from anyones lack of hard work, only the financial decisions of EBR and Hero Motor Corp.