Electric Superbike Reaches Podium Finish
Everyone knew this day was coming but nobody though it would be this past Sunday, including Chip Yates.
That”s the day when e-superbikes raced against top tier riders on gasoline powered bikes and took second in the superstock expert class, then took third in the superbike expert class against machines like the Ducati 848.
We made all six laps with 100 percent power available, and I made the cool-down lap with a little to spare,” he said. “Range was never an issue.”
Yates’ bike may not look like much, but it’s fast — he hit 158 mph at one point as he lapped AutoClub Speedway and posted a fastest lap of 1:39.792.
“My whole focus has been strictly to see if we can keep up with the gas bikes,” said Yates, who has raced 600 cc machines in the AMA. “I have no interest in going any slower than I can currently go. I’ve always said that, and we stand by that. I’m not going to ride a bike that requires me to compromise.”
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