Results and Updates from Race #1 of the 2015 Season

Results from Roebling Road, GA

Round One = Saturday the 21st

  1. Arthur Kowitz = error in lap time recording – sensor issue
  2. Bob Berbeco = error in lap time recording – sensor issue
  3. Peter Nicolosi = best lap time 01:34.061
  4. Murrae Haynes = best lap time 01:37.389
  5. Scott Signorini = best lap time 01:39.571
  6. Ned Heidel = best lap time 01:39.458

Round Two = Sunday the 22nd

  1. Arthur Kowitz = best lap time 01:30.097
  2. Bob Berbeco = error in lap time recording – sensor issue
  3. Peter Nicolas = error in lap time recording – sensor issue
  4. Murrae Haynes = best lap time 01:34.573
  5. Ned Heidel = best lap time 01:38.696
  6. Scott Signorini = best lap time 01:40.430

Coming up next is NOLA Raceway on March 27 – 29 — see you there!

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The Tale of Two Very Different Racebikes…

By Arthur Kowitz

This past weekend I spent at Roebling Road Raceway near Savannah GA, for the first road race of the AHRMA and eMotoRacing seasons. My challenge was competing in 2 classes on 2 different racebikes…and I do mean different!

Kowitz on his 1975 Kawasaki Z1

Kowitz on his 1975 Kawasaki Z1

For the AHRMA Vintage Superbike Heavyweight season opener, my ride would be a fully modified 1975 Kawasaki Z1, 1015cc 4 cylinder fire-breathing monster. This radical old Kawasaki demands 114 octane racing fuel, a formula 1 style remote starting system, and constant supervision.

Having owned and raced this bike off and on since 1975, I am somewhat used to the antique-style chassis, no wind protection or streamlining, heavy weight, raw power delivery, and total lack of manners.

Kowitz on his Brammo Empulse TTX

Kowitz on his Brammo Empulse TTX

In the new, leading edge Zero-Emission eMotoRacing Series I practiced and raced a 2013 Brammo Empulse TTX all electric roadracer. It is polite, sleek, uses no fossil fuel, makes no sound (!), and handles razor sharp.

Getting off one and onto the other was quite an experience…the Z1 wanted for run off the end of every straightaway like a charging rhinocerous, and the ebike was happy obeying my every whim.

I enjoyed this full throttle entertainment for 3 days, winning 4 races, then rolling home to Florida for a rest until next time.


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.

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Results from Roebling Road, the Inaugural eMotoRacing Event

Results from Roebling Road, the Inaugural eMotoRacing event

We had 2 Brammos running and 2 prototypes unable to make the grid due to delayed battery shipments.

Both eSuperSport races were held in conjunction with the Formula 750 4 strokes. The ebikes were competitive with the middle of this field of gas bikes.

1st place, Arthur Kowitz
on a 2013 Brammo TTX equipped with a fairing.

2nd place, Dave Sadowski
on a 2013 race-prepped Brammo Empulse R

Many of the seasoned gas bike competitors were intrigued by the enthusiasm enjoyed by both racers, and that they finished strong. This lead to several showing keen interest in joining our class later this season.

This first event was received positively and will only build from here.

Arthur Kowitz - #179 - Roebling Road

Arthur Kowitz – #179 – Roebling Road

David Sadowski - #25 - Roebling Road

David Sadowski – #25 – Roebling Road

 

Many thanks to Solar Alternatives, who brought their mobile charging station to Roebling Road:

Solar Alternatives - Mobile Charging Station

Solar Alternatives – Mobile Charging Station

The Horses Taking a Drink

Zero-emissions Brammos take a drink of sunshine at Roebling Road

Photos by eTechPhotos, used with permission

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