The electric-motorcycle grand prix at Infineon Raceway proved far more entertaining than even a bunch of electro-geeks like us would have expected. The guys at Zero Motorcycles have put together a video so the rest of you can see the bikes in action.
The 46-minute video (above) covers the entire June 16 race along with race winner Shawn Higbee’s crazy post-race burnout and the obligatory trophy presentation on the podium. Anyone with a short attention span can watch the two-minute highlight clip (below). A lot of the footage came from the cameras aboard the Zero bikes ridden by Kenyon Kluge and Higbee.
There are a couple of things to look for. First is the dogfight between Higbee and Michael Barnes as they repeatedly pass each other to lead the race. Higbee’s machine was more nimble, but Barnes’ (No. 80) was more powerful, so Higbee (No. 23) would get ahead in the curves only to be passed on the straights.
Also keep an eye out for the gorgeous electric old-school Norton Featherbed racer (No. 37) with the Norton John Player Special replica fairing. It was by far the coolest bike on the grid. By the way, the fastest racers were lapping Infineon about 20 seconds slower than the AMA superbikes that raced during the same weekend. Not bad for technology still in its infancy and a racing series in its second year.
Yeah, the plugs for everyone at the start of the video are a bit annoying, but they don’t last long and Zero’s gotta pay the bills. Enjoy the videos and check out all our TTXGP coverage here. The next race in the North American TTXGP series is June 3 to 6 at Road America.
Videos: Zero Motorcycles