When last we heard from California racer John Hopkins, the former MotoGP racer announced he would return to British Superbike racing after being out of action for nearly two years due to various injuries. With the 2014 BSB season starting in April, Hopkins spoke with Suzuki’s official racing website to provide an update on his […]
Brammo Again Finishes In Top 10 Among Gas Bikes
Last weekend, Team Icon Brammo and Team Parker Brammo competed in at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, California, racing with their gas-powered counterparts with the American Federation of Motorcyclists (AFM). Team riders Eric Bostrom and Shelina Moreda competed in a total of four races, coming away with a top 10 finish in each.
In the highly competitive Formula 1 class, comprised of 600cc machinery, E-Boz got a fantastic start on his Empulse RR, jumping up to fourth after the first turn and reaching speeds of 150 mph on the front straight. Bostrom would eventually fade back, crossing the finish line in seventh place, with a best lap of 1:57.065, compared to the 1:52.886 of race winner Mike Nigliazzo. Overall race time for the Brammo was 11:53.320, only 27 seconds behind Nigliazzo.
Eric then competed in 750 Superbike, where he didn’t quite match the pace set before, bagging a tenth place finish with a best lap of 1:57.184. He completed the six lap race in 11:57.091, just over 34 seconds behind race winner Deion Campbell.
Competing on the production-based Empulse TTX, Shelina Moreda earned a sixth place finish in the 250 Superbike class. She also had the honor of experiencing her first e-bike crash earlier in the weekend during practice.
“My crash this weekend in practice was kind of a milestone for me. It was my first crash on an electric motorcycle and my first crash with Team Parker Brammo. Eric [Bostrom] has been telling me to ’find the edge of traction’ and we’ve been working on that. Well, I found it!”
Shelina also competed in the Afemme race, which is an exclusive race just for women. This time, however, she hopped aboard the Empulse RR, making her maiden voyage with the machine in an actual race. She didn’t disappoint, either, finishing in fifth place, and setting a best lap of 2:05.
“We rolled into Brammo’s ’home track’ with high expectations and are happy with the results,” said Brian Wismann of Brammo. “EBoz and Shelina were able to post their fastest ever lap times, got great starts in the races, and were able to take the fight to the gas bikes. Four top 10 finishes in four races is pretty good whether you’re racing gas or electric! We are definitely starting to open people’s eyes to the performance potential of the electric powertrain and Brammo’s core technology.”