RESULTS and HIGHLIGHTS eMotoRacing at MMP in Utah!
~By Arthur Kowitz
The 9th annual BonnevilleGP at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah hosted eMotoRacing’s round 8 for the year, and what a season it has been.
This was one of our best events to date, with two e-races and several highlights.
Shane Turpin of Salt Lake City, won AHRMA’s premier “Sound of Thunder” class with his Brammo Empulse RR. Starting from the rear of the field, Shane whistled his way through the field of gas-burning, booming modern Ducatis etc.
The irony of a near silent racebike winning ‘Sound of Thunder’ was lost to no one, as fans of all generations cheered his impressive performance…he was dazzling and that Brammo was rocket fast!
The University of Calgary, Canada, “Team Zeus” debuted their beautiful orange and white prototype e-racebike, ridden by Tim Johnson of Calgary, Canada. These enthusiastic engineering club members were pleased to meet all their challenges, finish both races, and enjoy the spectacle of this AHRMA sanctioned racing event.
Eric Bostrom won both eSuperSport races on his factory backed, immaculate…and fast, Empulse TTX…. eBoz, with his trademark big ol’ smile, was fast and fluid all weekend.
Andrew Cowell of Bolivia NC, rode his Brammo Empulse R with the style and flair we have seen from him all season. Andrew is an accomplished motorcycle artisan, and runs the trackside machine and repair shop out of his big box trailer at all AHRMA events.
Ely Schless of Ashland, Oregon, was a podium finisher in the former TTXGP series on his purpose built prototype. For this weekend’s eMotoRacing event, Ely raced a six speed 2014 Brammo Empulse R, reminding himself how much fun this class can be.
Murrae Haynes, up from New Mexico, is a MSF rider instructor, AHRMA race school instructor, and AHRMA Battle of the Twins regular on his Buell. This weekend. Murrae planned to race a borrowed Empulse. After five laps of practice, he was excited enough to buy a new Empulse R to race in this series. His lap times were more than competitive, putting him on the podium with his new bike.
Arthur Kowitz of Ormond Beach, Florida, the series founder, sponsor, and current points leader broke all convention by putting on the track a fully streamlined Empulse TTX that attracted curiosity and kudos all weekend. This sleek, bullet-shaped bike had a brake failure on Saturday, but stormed back Sunday with a 5 second per lap improvement and a strong second place finish.
How fitting that this ground-breaking streamlined roadracer debuts just a few miles from the famed Bonneville Salt Flats!
Except for the Streamliner’s brake failure Saturday, every competitor finished every lap of both races under full power!
Big smiles, high fives, and hand-shakes were order of the weekend.
6th….Arthur Kowitz, DNF
4th …Ely Schless
6th…Andrew Cowell, DNS
About Arthur Kowitz: Kowitz was a pioneer and competitive privateer in AMA Superbike racing from the class’ inception in 1976 until 1982. A quarter-century later, he rode his venerable Kawasaki Z1 to the 2008 AHRMA Vintage Superbike Heavyweight Championship. In 2013, he competed on an electric Brammo Empulse TTX in the FIM eWorldCup Series at Laguna Seca Raceway and at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
About Team “ZEUS” of the University of Calgary: “ZEUS” stands for “Zero Emission Ucalgary Superbike”, and the team is comprised of engineers, business and physics majors. The team raced their Generation I bike, which uses an Agni 95-R motor mounted to the frame of a 2004 Suzuki GSX 600, which was straight from the factory, and then stripped of its gasoline engine components. To check out more about Team ZEUS, hit their website or facebook page.