It's on. After being excluded from the 2011 TTXGP season because of a
Now, Yates could compromise and reduce the size of his battery pack by 16 kg (35.27 lb), accept the resulting losses in producible power and race against his electric peers. Or he could just hack out his own path in the motorcycle racing jungle. He has chosen the latter.
Swinging cutting comments like a machete, Chip "On His Shoulder" Yates has announced he is ready to pit his electric superbike against the established gas-powered machines.
Clearly, these championships are more concerned with promoting scooter development, and our bike is so much faster than the electric competition that we feel far more inclined to push our bike's unique technology platform forward in the ultimate competitive environment of gasoline bike racing.
Yates will start on January 9, 2010 at the Auto Club Speedway in California where he will go wheel-to-wheel with bikes like the Ducati 1198 and KTM RC8 in the WERA Pirelli Sportsman Heavyweight Twins Superbike class. Its power-to-weight ratio should put it in the middle of the pack though there is talk of it getting a 20 percent boost in horsepower after that first race.
We won't have to "weight" for the new year to see if the electric monster can walk the walk Chip is talking. Bike and rider will make their track debut for the public and media at Infineon Raceway this coming December 15th. Hit the jump for more details in the official press release.