Varsity Challenge 2017

Press Release
New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville NJ
July 17, 2017

Samuel Proulx wins eMotoRacing’s 4th Annual Varsity Challenge on the University of Sherbrooke EMUS prototype electric race bike.

Varsity Challenge 2017

Proulx is a Canadian Superbike rider who won the Saturday and Sunday rounds over stiff competition from American Ricky O’Hare on the Virginia Tech Bolt 3.0, and Isle of Man veteran Karl Smolinski on the Rochester Institute of Technology RIT/EV.

The Varsity Challenge is a race within a race held every summer at NJMP’s Thunderbolt road course. The collegiate teams race elbow-to-elbow with AHRMA’s eSuperSport class making for some interesting competition.

Saturday’s overall ebike winner was Floridian Arthur Kowitz, riding a modified Zero SR from Hollywood Electrics in Los Angeles.
Kowitz led the first 2 laps, relinquishing the lead to O’hare on lap 3 but continued to press O’Hare on the Virginia Tech bike until the pressure caused the VT Bolt to slow.
Once the Bolt slowed, Kowitz took the overall lead, with Proulx taking second overall and first collegiate team on the EMUS entry from Quebec. Proulx’s machine has zero emissions power train and the chassis that was student designed and built.
Privateer Pete Nicolosi rode his Brammo Empulse hard and steady to finish 3rd ahead of Smolinski on the RIT entry.

Overnight, all three student teams reviewed data, consulted with their riders, and made changes. By mounting fresh tires, changing gearing, and reprogramming electronics all the collegiate teams showed better on Sunday.

Sunday’s round saw O’Hare take the VT Bolt to an early overall commanding lead.
Late in the 8 lap event, Proulx managed to muscle his EMUS ebike past O’Hare for the overall win with O’Hare holdign second and Kowitz finishing 3rd on the 115 Volt Zero, and Smolinski close behind in 4th.

The EMUS team earned a scholarship award from Woodcraft Technologies for their fine efforts.

Dr Koen Matthys of London’s Bruneil University’s Isle of Man TT Zero team and Tim Cleary of the Penn State e-bike racing team were on hand to scout the competition and witness the event.

photo: O’Hare, Proulx, Smolinski launch for the race; photo courtesy of Frank Angel


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.


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

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.


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


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)