The event, dubbed the Energy Crisiscross (ECX) was part of a May 7 MiniMoto SX event at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The race featured electric motorcycles against stock 16-inch wheel class gas-powered motorcycles.
Drew Gosselaar took the win on a Swiss-designed Quantya Track motorcycle. Chris Dvoracek took second and former World Motocross Champion Sebastian Tortelli took third on Zero motorcycles. Zero Motorcycles also took fourth and fifth.
“Quantya gave me the best equipment possible,” says Gosselaar. “Even though they’re a new company, they’ve made an all-around awesome machine. I was comfortable from the second I got on the bike. It just shows the potential of electric bikes and how easy they are to ride and even win major events.”
The highest-finishing gas-powered motorcycle was a Kawasaki, ridden by Jay Maloney to a sixth place finish. Conventional gas-powered motorcycles were restricted to using stock frames, forks, cylinders, carburetors and engine cases.
Overall, the race featured 11 electric motorcycles from Quantya and Zero, and 12 minibikes from Kawasaki, Honda and BBR Motorsports. Nine electric motorcycles finished in the top 12 while two electrics and one combustion motorcycle failed to finish the race.
“Quantya is very proud of this historic race win,” says Dario Trentini, president of Quantya USA. “Our goal was to show that electric motorcycles are real contenders. We realize that this is only the early stage of electric motorcycle racing, and our goal is to keep working to improve this technology for all potential electric bike uses. This is our second year competing in the United States and taking first place in this year’s EXC and first in last year’s all-electric bike race motivates us to work even harder for next year.”
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