The Los Angeles Police Department is testing new police motorcycles from Brammo and Zero, trying to determine if it should add electric models to its existing fleet of gas-powered motorcycles. Chief Charlie Beck made a bit of a splash last month, arriving at the Los Angeles Police Museum last month on the Brammo Empulse LE […]
eMotoRacing Race Report From New Jersey Motorsports Park
The newly-developed eMotoRacing electric motorcycle racing series made its way to New Jersey Motorsports Park last weekend, where the field of Brammos were joined by the student-led team from Virginia Tech, running their e-bike, dubbed the Bolt.
A total of six contestants were entered, though former Daytona 200 winner, David Sadowski failed to start the race. The e-bikes were the second wave of a two-wave start, with 750cc ICE bikes starting first. At the start, Daniel Grabowski, riding the Virginia Tech machine rocketed to an easy holeshot, which he kept for the first four of the eight total laps.
It didn’t take long for the backmarkers in the first wave to interrupt the flow of the e-machines, and Arthur Kowitz, riding a Brammo TTX suffered immensely, getting passed by three riders as he was too passive in getting through. Once past the gassers, he set his sights on the bikes ahead, making sure to keep Grabowski in his sights.
“I could see the Bolt was having trouble managing the tight esses and switchbacks that comprise much of the course,” Kowitz said. “[William Himmelsbach] stalked him and passed for the lead, I followed around the Bolt as well.”
Kowitz then caught Himmelsbach and waited for his opportunity to pass. Tucked behind him on the front straight, Kowitz pulls out of the draft and darts for the inside line into Turn 1, taking a gamble that he could out-brake Himmelsbach. The gamble paid off and he held off all challengers to take the win.
Himmelsbach crossed the line in second place, followed by Pete Nicolosi on a Brammo Empulse R. Grabowski came fourth on the Bolt, much to the delight of the student team. Andrew Cowell came fifth aboard his Brammo Empulse R, rounding out the field.
For more information on the series, visit www.emotoracing.com.