Published on July 19th, 2013 | by Susanna Schick

It's an All-Visual, All-Production Experience Here At Laguna Seca

July 19th, 2013 by  

Shelina Moreda with her 2013 Parker Racing Brammo RR. Photo courtesy of

Shelina Moreda with her 2013 Parker Racing Brammo RR. Photo courtesy of

First practice for the first US round of the 2013 FIM eRoadRacing championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is on the books.¬†Shane Turpin and Eric Bostrom started quick and led throughout first practice on the Brammo Empulse RR bikes, staying in the 1:34’s throughout practice. Ted Rich and Shelina Moreda dice it out for 3rd in the 1:51’s throughout practice.¬†The gap from their factory Brammo RR’s to the stock Brammos and all Zeroes is significant. Partly due to the fact that their bikes are up on power, and partly due to rider experience in the case of some of the modified Zeroes.

What’s exciting about the 2013 round of eRoadRacing here at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is that the entire field are motorcycles available for sale. With some bikes in the production class and some in the modified class, all of which are either Brammo or Zero, this will be the first electric motorcycle race where the entire field are bikes available for sale now. Bikes in the modified class have been modified, of course, but they’re as based on production as any World Superbike machine. That 17 second gap is not cheap.

Sometime this weekend, I’ll talk to Brammo about the mods that go into a RR bike to make it that much faster than the TTX any of us can buy. Enjoy this screenshot of the first practice final results, as I wait for photos to be available. Do try to come for Sunday’s race, it is truly exciting to see a field full of production bikes. There will be three races, essentially. The race for first between Turpin and Bostrom, the race for third between Rich and Moreda, and the race for fifth between Kluge and Johnson, both on modified Zeroes. Kluge is an engineer at Zero, while Johnson is a veteran pro racer, so it will be interesting to see their talents balance each other out. Kowitz is a Brammo customer, and Miller a Zero customer who has completed every racing goal he’s set for himself since that fateful day I told him to stop dragging his pegs and go to California Superbike School.

First Practice Results

First Practice Results

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Susanna is passionate about anything fast and electric. As long as it's only got two wheels. She covers electric motorcycle racing events, test rides electric motorcycles, and interviews industry leaders. Occasionally she deigns to cover automobile events in Los Angeles for us as well. However, she dreams of a day when Los Angeles' streets resemble the two-wheeled paradise she discovered living in Barcelona and will not rest until she's converted the masses to two-wheeled bliss.

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  • travis gintz

    Shelina rides the Empulse TTX, the Bostrom/Turpin bikes are Empulse RR’s… which AFAIK, are not for sale as they’re not production bikes. The Empulse R and the Empulse TTX are the ones we can buy (along with the Empulse E1 “base model”).

    • susannaschick

      corrected. It’s confusing because TTX is what they should call their factory race bikes, RR the ones that are race versions of the R. All of which are worlds better than ERR, which is technically what a bike built for eRoadRacing would be called, if you were gonna call it something based on the series name.

      • travis gintz

        I totally agree. It’s confusing. I think the RR has always been their Racing version (after the TTR, which is the IOM TT bike for 2009), but that started a few years ago, before the Empulse was released. TTX should be their TTXGP/eRoadRacing entry and the RR should be the Racing version of the R.

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