The races are open to any electric motorcycle – brand-name or homebrew – and, best of all, it's inexpensive. A mere $120 gives you a full season membership and also (for Zero riders only and beginning at the second round) makes you eligible for Hollywood Electric store credits in the amounts of $500, $250 and $100 for placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd, respectively. They'll also reimburse that original fee if you compete in four events.
Race lengths are under 10 miles and charging is available onsite. Riders get track time for practice and qualifying as well as the main event. The rubber meets the road course this weekend at Willow Springs International Motorsports Park where, if you make it onto the grid, you'll find yourself lined up against one Brandon Nozaki Miller (pictured).
While this type of racing might not push the technology forward as quickly as some other series, it certainly raises the profile of modern battery-powered bikes at a grass-roots level, and just might convince some traditional riders to give it a go. Especially when they see quicker lap times. Check out the official press release below more details.
"Hollywood Electrics is excited to partner with M1GP to establish an accessible outlet for electric motorcycle owners who are interested in road racing," said Harlan Flagg, owner of Hollywood Electrics and Zero Motorcycles' top dealer. "Production electric motorcycles have reached a performance level similar to that of the smaller displacement bikes the riders of M1GP have always relied on. By introducing an electric motorcycle class, electric riders can have confidence knowing that there is a safe and welcoming venue for aspiring racers. It is our belief that having more bikes on the track, whether gas or electric, will benefit the sport and continue to breed safer and confident riders."
M1GP Racing - Motorcycle Road Racing Association, known primarily for mini-class road racing in United States with its popular sprint and world famous endurance races is now the first in the country to offer an all-electric bike racing class in club-level racing.
"I think electric bikes are attractive to a group of riders which may not have considered racing conventional race bikes for a variety of reasons, but can appreciate competitive and spirited riding & racing. We're excited about electric bike racers to come mix it up and being part of the M1GP community. I got to ride an electric bike during the time trials at the kart track with Brandon Miller and there was some concern that the size of the bike on the tight kart track wouldn't be much fun, but it was a blast! With some of the other circuits we're racing (Streets of Willow and Horse Thief Mile), the 2013 M1GP season is going to make for a wide variety of courses & some great racing", said Young Lee, owner of M1GP.
"I'm thrilled that Harlan and Hollywood Electrics are joining the M1GP season and racing community"
To kick off this maiden racing class, Hollywood Electrics is offering racers in The Hollywood Electrics E-Bike Racing Class, a racing package including a racing membership, and commonly needed spare parts, and contingency in the form of shop certificates. The first contingency round with M1GP will be held in March at Horse Thief Mile . Details for the contingency and classes will be available on the M1GP and Hollywood Electrics website.
For more information about classes, schedule and fees, please visit www.m1-grandprix.com
For more information about Hollywood Electrics and their line of electric motorcycles, please visit www.hollywoodelectrics.com