Interview with FIM’s Charles Hennekam on Electric Motorcycle Racing
The results, however, are very good. In the first year at Laguna Seca, 2010, we were doing top speeds of 116mph, now this year we’re doing 135, close to 140mph. Before, Michael Barnes had trouble finishing the race on the Lightning . Now, he had no trouble completing the race at top speed. So you can see, there’s a lot of development, but it hasn’t caught on yet. Mainly because we need to reach out and let people know that electric motorcycle racing is possible. Second, we’re still looking for manufacturers to come and play. As in the other classes, in ICE, all manufacturers are playing in a variety of competitions. The track is the best dyno, it confirms the results from one to the other- shows what the technology is capable of. From the pinnacle of MotoGP all the way down to club racing, the sport proves the technology.