Varsity Challenge 2016 ROUND TWO

Sunday Results

Sunday’s round two of this weekend’s eMotoRacing Varsity Challenge at New Jersey Motorsports Park took on a different look than Saturday’s event. The student built prototypes held their own against the private teams on their production based ebikes.

Although round one was exciting, it settled into 2 distinct races within the 6 lap affair. Collegiate Teams battled each other, but could not keep up with the wild battle up front among the private teams on production based ebikes.

Round two showcased the real progress being made by the innovative engineering departments of Rochester Institute of Technology and University of Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Sunday’s Round Two Race Report…

RIT graduate, current Cornell faculty member, and IOM veteran Karl Smolenski on the RIT collegiate entry battled early with Canadian Expert road racer Samuel Proulx on the U of Sherbrooke prototype.

On lap four Proulx began to pull away from Smolenski, and eventually caught Berbeco for an impressive second overall finish behind winner Kowitz.  Smolinski’s RIT entry maintained a strong and competitive pace but could not catch Berbeco.

Hanni Berger, a veteran AHRMA Vintage Superbike rider, finished fifth with an impressive performance in her eMotoRacing debut.

For their excellent finish, the University of Sherbrooke was presented the balance of the Woodcraft Technologies $1000 scholarship, awarded to the top placing collegiate team.  The 25 member strong Canadian student team had earlier treated the crowds at NJMP by following the opening invocation and Star Spangled Banner with their rousing rendition of the Canadian National Anthem.

Other student teams that could not make this year’s event can now set their sights on the 2017 Varsity Challenge at NJMP.

SUNDAY RESULTS

Arthur Kowitz                     Brammo Empulse TTX                      Ormond Beach FL
Samuel Proulx *                 U of Sherbrooke Prototype               Sherbrooke, Quebec
Bob Berbeco                       Brammo Empulse R                            Indianapolis IN
Karl Smolenski *                RIT Prototype                                      Ithaca NY
Hanni Berger                      Brammo Empulse R                           Atlanta GA
Pete Nicolosi                       Brammo Empulse R                           Daniel Island SC

*Collegiate entrants

2016 Varsity Challenge EMUS Victory

2016 Varsity Challenge EMUS Victory

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Varsity Challenge 2016 ROUND ONE

Saturday Results

The University of Sherbrooke, Quebec takes home a $500,00 scholarship provided by Woodcraft Technologies for winning the first of two rounds of the eMotoRacing Varsity Challenge.

Rochester Institute of Technology was a close second and looking forward to tomorrow’s final round with another $500.00 scholarship on the line.

Keep up to date with the Varsity Challenge HERE.

SATURDAY RESULTS

Pete Nicolosi                   Brammo Empulse R                 Daniel Island SC
Arthur Kowitz                 Brammo Empulse TTX             Ormond Beach FL
Bob Berbeco                    Brammo Empulse R                 Indianapolis IN
Samuel Proulx *              U of Sherbrooke Prototype      Sherbrooke, Quebec
Karl Smolenski *             RIT Prototype                            Ithaca NY
Hanni Berger                  Brammo Empulse R                 Atlanta GA

*Collegiate entrants

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3rd Annual eMotoRacing Varsity Challenge July 9th – 10th

The 3rd Annual eMotoRacing “Varsity Challenge” ebike roadrace will take place July 9th and 10th at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Collegiate racing teams from the US and Canada will race their engineering student built prototype electric racebikes in the AHRMA sanctioned event.
The top placing university team will take home a $1000 scholarship awarded by Woodcraft Technologies.

Rochester Institute of Technology, winner of last year’s Woodcraft Scholarship, will have competition from the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, the University of Michigan, and Cornell University of New York.

On track with these collegiate teams will be private teams from around the USA.  Current series points leader, Pete Nicolosi of Charleston SC, will protect his points lead over second place Bob Berbeco of Indianapolis, and defending series champion Arthur Kowitz of Florida.

The prototype electric motorcycles will reach speeds up to 140mph. The production based Brammo and Zero racebikes have proven very reliable, with excellent corner speed. In previous eMotoRacing events, the faster prototype bikes have held their own against the steady and predictable production racers. This years race at NJMP is expected to be hotly contested.

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The Battle for Sonoma 2016

Sonoma Raceway

The War for California is ON

At the second track on California soil this week, the eMotoRacing series is challenging participants to give it their all.  Harlan Flagg of Hollywood Electrics hosted the race at Willow Springs International on the weekend of the 22nd — 24th.

Riders on both Brammos and Zeros butted heads, with Pete Nicolosi, a Brammo rider winning on Saturday, and Gene Sigal, a Zero rider winning on Sunday.

Now the gang is back racing today and tomorrow at Sonoma International Speedway — a winding 12-turn course with a hairpin.

While we await the results from today’s race, check out this fun video at Sonoma Raceway from eMotoRacing’s first season back in 2014!

More Fun Memories from Sonoma during our 2014 Season:

( Click on a pic below to view full-size \\ © Abe Kowitz – please credit if used in media press releases)

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RACER SPOTLIGHT: Pete Nicolosi

Pete Nicolosi

Pete celebrates placing third and second during the 2015 race at Sonoma, CA

Technician at Hendrick Honda in Charleston, SC is eMotoRacing’s current 2016 series leader!

As eMotoRacing gets ready to hit the track this weekend at Willow Springs Raceway, we wanted to spotlight one of our racers, Pete Nicolosi.

Pete has been racing with us for all three seasons, and has steadily improved his game — in 2014 he finished 6th in eSuperSport, and then in 2015 he jumped up to 2nd place.  Currently he is our 2016 series points leader, and as he heads to California this weekend with his Brammo, he has his eyes on the prize.

Pete races alongside several other top-notch zero-emissions motorcycle riders in our third season, and we’re thrilled to have him as a participant in the US’s only zero-emissions motorcycle roadracing series.  When he’s not racing, he enjoys working as a technician for Hendrick Honda.

eMotoRacing runs 10 tracks in the season, with 2 rounds per track.  A rider’s 10 best finishes count toward the National Championship, and a minimum of two race finishes are required to qualify.  Current series point standings can be viewed HERE, under “eSuperSport by eMotoRacing” at the bottom of the page.   For our 2016 racing schedule, click HERE.

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Pete starts the 2016 season off right!

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