Steel was the person behind the privateer BMW effort last year that put Yates back in the AMA Superbike limelight. The Arizonan was looking to put another effort together with BMW this year, but the Erik Buell Racing/Yates 2013 team prospect was too good to pass up. "Joining EBR to help put American motorcycle in the front of AMA Superbike is a dream job for Phil, Willie and myself" said Steel in the EBR press release. "We have been passionate about sportbikes and racing for a long time, but what EBR has done is really special, and something we truly respect. Aaron is such a talented rider and a friend as well, so this is going to be a great year."