Electric motorcycles have been making names for themselves in competition for a while now. While all-electric races and categories are exciting, it's still easy for some to dismiss electric racing altogether. As the technology continues to prove itself, we see more and more electric bikes competing alongside and outperforming their gas-powered counterparts. When that happens, it forces the world (naysayers included) to take notice.

As Asphault & Rubber reports, this past weekend, Alta Motors grabbed attention at the Red Bull Straight Rhythm straight-line supercross race in Pomona, California. Former Factory Yamaha racer Josh Hill came out of retirement to ride the new Alta Motors Redshift MX in the 250 class, marking the first time for an electric motorcycle to compete in a professional supercross race. Hill made the highlight reel (see above) when he pulled off a win in his quarterfinal heat against a gas-powered bike.

Hill and Alta just missed a podium finish, though, taking fourth place overall after losing the semifinal heat against Mitchell Oldenburg. The event – and the quarterfinal win over a gas-powered bike – officially earns Alta its place in the world of motocross competition.

With a supermoto event under its belt, too, Alta says it will be competing in flat track, motocross, and supermoto events whenever it can. If its strong entry is an example of things to come, fans have a lot to look forward to. Now that the Redshift is available for sale, continued racing success (along with emissions concerns and noise ordinances) could help to get the bikes into the hands of eager amateurs as well.

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