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.
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:
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.
Here’s the timing sheet from the race: