Last weekend, the Team Icon Brammo and Team Parker Brammo squads competed against their gas-powered counterparts, which you can read about here. Now, let’s take a closer look at just how far e-bike technology has progressed since Brammo — and Lightning — last raced at Sonoma Raceway, exactly one year ago. At the AFM […]
eMotoRacing Wrap-Up From Willow Springs And Sonoma Raceway + Video
Photo: Abe Kowitz
In December, we reported on a new electric motorcycle racing series, which would run alongside the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA). Dubbed the eMotoRacing series, it is now the sole national racing series for electric motorcycles. The series has now completed its first two west coast events, at Willow Springs International Raceway in Southern California, and Sonoma Raceway in the California Wine Country.
At Willow Springs, the series’ first event, there were a total of five competitors, four of which were on a Brammo Empulse. These included Dave Roper, Zach Courts, Ed Milich and Arthur Kowitz. The lone holdout was Jeff Clark aboard his Zero FX. Roper took the victory on Saturday, with Kowitz taking top honors on Sunday. Check out Kowitz’s on-board race video below.
At Sonoma, the Brammo party continued, as there was a sole Zero S in the field. Kowitz was the only holdover from Willow, as the other Brammo riders included Andrew Cowell, Shelina Moreda, Ricky Orlando, and Eric Bostrom. Once the green flag dropped, E-Boz was off, but the battle behind him was pretty intense as Kowitz, Orlando and Moreda fought for the remaining podium positions. Ultimately, Kowitz and Orlando would win the second and third spots, respectively. The on-board camera on Orlando’s bike caught some great racing footage, which you can see below.
The series now heads to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, June 6-8. The long, fast course should prove a challenge for the e-machines, as the batteries and motors could have a tough time keeping cool under the strain of full e-throttle racing.
For more information on the eMotoRacing series, go to www.emotoracing.com.