eRoadRacing Qualifying Practice | Laguna Seca 2013

Tonight’s qualifying practice showed marked improvements for all eRoadRacing competitors, especially Electric Cowboy Racing’s Brandon Miller who gained 10 seconds over yesterday’s practice. Here are the timing sheets for your analysis. As you can see, the entire field improved dramatically. The sessions both went smoothly, with no crashes.

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Electric Motorcycles Race Against Gas For 8 Hours!

Come watch Gas2 author Susanna Schick (that’s me) and the rest of the Hollywood Electrics team take full advantage of the Zero XU’s swappable batteries as we take on the gas bikes in the 6th Annual M1GP 8 Hour Endurance race at Grangé Motor Circuit. Hollywood Electrics will be entering a 5 rider team fielding a Zero Motorcycle with an all-electric drive train. Team riders will include Nathan Barker, Jeff Clark, TTXGP racer Jeremiah Johnson, landspeed record holder Brandon Miller, and Susanna Schick. Brandon Miller is currently seventh in the overall points for M1GP, so this promises to be a strong team.

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FIM eRoadRacing Action Continues in Indy This Weekend

We’ll be covering the second US round of the series live in Indianapolis this weekend. The race is at 4:30PM on Sunday after the MotoGP races. If you’re in town for Gen Con, or just want to check out some great motorcycle racing, it’s worth checking out. FIM eRoadRacing posted this link to promotional tickets which include some nifty free stuff. This is also the first time the electric bikes will hit the famous Brickyard.

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eRoadRacing USA Race Results, Round 1: An Unexpected Podium

Round 1 of the US eRoadRacing series is on the books. Both Eric Bostrom and Shane Turpin were able to best Steve Rapp’s track record of 1.33.194 from 2011, an impressive feat considering how much cheaper a Brammo RR is than the near $300,ooo MotoCzysz had spent developing their superbike up to that point. Bostrom’s fastest lap in the race was 1.33:012 and Turpin scored the new track record with a 1.32:581 in lap 5, right before his bike gave out.

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Refuel Races- Where Mere Mortals Race AMA Champions

Last Sunday marked the Fifth Annual Refuel Races, a time trial race (track day, really) for EV’s, hosted by Speed Ventures. I’ve wanted to return to Refuel at Laguna Seca, but not on a bike as weak as the one I was able to procure when I went in 2010. Full story here. I wanted a bike that would do Laguna Seca, aka Motorcycle Heaven, justice. Zero told me all their press bikes were at Pike’s Peak. Hollywood Electrics only had their prized custom available, but I really didn’t have time to even pick it up. So I took my own electric motorcycle.

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Race Results: Pike's Peak 2013

This weekend’s running of the Pike’s Peak International Hillclimb was one of the most exciting events in motorsports history, with that rare sort of “quantum leap” forward in performance that you usually see in a decade – except it happened in a year. We’ll be covering Monster Tajima‘s new EV record and Sebastian Loeb’s epic 8:13 record run on their own, but – until then – here are ALL the 2013 Pike’s Peak race results, in overall and “in-class” order of position.

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Interview with FIM's Charles Hennekam on Electric Motorcycle Racing

Charles’s job involves taking care of the technical rules for all the disciplines- 50 different championships covering everything from road racing to cross-country rally racing. He is also the Operations Manager for ePower, the FIM’s electric motorcycle racing series. I sat down with him at the Laguna Seca round to find out more about FIM’s interest in electric racing. I saved it until now, because it’s nice to have some racing news in the off-season.

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