Motorcycles Turpin race

Published on August 18th, 2013 | by Susanna Schick

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eRoadRacing Indianapolis Race | A Field of Winners

The only view his competitors had of him as he lapped all but the next two. Photo courtesy of Mark Troyer

The only view Shane Turpin’s competitors had of him as he lapped all but the next two. Photo courtesy Mark Troyer

Unlike the Laguna Seca round, all bikes that started were able to complete this race. Shane Turpin was fastest from start to finish, leading on every lap. No matter how he hard he tried, Eric Bostrom could not get much closer than a few seconds behind Turpin. Bostrom finished the race 13.73 seconds behind Turpin. They’re on equal machines, ~$200,000 Brammo RR factory prototypes, simply the fastest, most powerful machines out there this weekend. Coming up in third place was Kenyon Kluge, with a gap that started at about 45 seconds after the first lap and grew with each lap until he finished 2 minutes 11 seconds behind leader Shane Turpin.

Kenyon Kluge powering through a turn. Photo courtesy of Mark Troyer

Kenyon Kluge powering through a turn. Photo courtesy of Mark Troyer

While Kluge is the Director of  Electrical Engineering at Zero, he’s riding a production bike, not a prototype. Although in yesterday’s post-qualifying interview I joked about him being Jorge Lorenzo and Jeremiah Johnson being Cal Crutchlow (a MotoGP reference), Zero currently has nothing like the Brammo RR. But still, Kluge is a talented engineer, which clearly helps. In the end, it’s still all about conserving battery life in order to actually finish the race. Here’s the post-race interview with Moreda and Johnson:


Shelina Moreda and Jeremiah Johnson after racing Indy.

Shelina Moreda and Jeremiah Johnson after racing Indy.

I also spoke with Ted Rich and Elaine Carpenter about their race, and Elaine qualifying in front of Shelina Moreda. Carpenter is still a bit of a novice, having only started riding and racing in 2010, as you read here. Shelina Moreda has been riding at the professional level a few years more than Elaine has been racing at the amateur level.

Elaine Carpenter and Ted Rich after racing Indy for the first time.

Elaine Carpenter and Ted Rich after racing Indy for the first time.

Here’s the timing sheet from the race:

Indy race results

 

 



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About the Author

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.



  • MicahB

    So proud of our electric motorcycle racing community!

  • Campisi

    Was Kluge’s Zero the 8.5 model, or the full-fat one?

    • K Squared Racing

      I was riding the 11.4 and we had about 32% charge left after the 9.5 laps. I might have gotten away with the 8.5 but it would have been close.

      • Campisi

        Good to know. I’ve been considering the 8.5 for track use, but wasn’t sure how much of that the small battery would handle before going flat. The weight drop is enticing.

  • triinity

    It was an amazing race, so excited for the future of the sport!

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