Electric v Gas: electric comes second

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Riding his 194bhp electric superbike, Chip Yates has placed second in the superstock class in a race against WERA Heavyweight Twins. That class includes bikes like the Ducati 1198 and KTM RC8. Until today, Chip had only completed a handful of laps on his experimental motorcycle on two outings. When we spoke to Chip last month, he was cautiously optimistic about reaching mid-pack in this class, sometime later in the season.

Make sure you check out our Chip Yates tag page for the interview and lots of details and photos on the bike.

  • Andreas

    Awesome! Congratulations.

  • http://www.postpixel.com.au mugget


    That’s quite a good achievement, really. Actually it’s a very good result!!

  • BrammoBrian

    Nice job! Now figure out how to drop a few pounds and come race with the rest of the “leccy” bikes at Infineon in May!

  • Frosty_spl

    Kick ass!

  • http://www.firstgenerationmotors.blogspot.com Emmet

    wow… wow.

  • Corey

    I was at this race today and I was pretty impressed, but… It should be noted that this bike was up against a bunch of SV650′s and air cooled Ducati 1000′s, not big displacement twins as advertised. Good show none the less.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Really? I can’t find results for the race yet, but these are the rules for the class he raced in:


      Unlimited displacement air-cooled, four stroke twins, (based on Formula rules in HWTSB)

      Unlimited displacement water-cooled, four stroke twins, (under 900cc based on Formula rules in HWTSB)

      Up to 700cc water cooled, four stroke triples

      Any machine legal for Lightweight Twins

      125cc & 250cc GP Machines in Superbike Only

      *Up to 1050cc Triples based on Superstock rules will be allowed in HWT Superbike only.

      *There are no bodywork limits in HWT.

      • Corey

        I didn’t see the heavy weight twins superbike in which they placed 3rd. However the Heavy weight twins superstock class in which they placed 2nd, I do believe everyone was on SV650′s Ducati sport classics. I know for a fact that the winner was on a Ducati sport classic.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          Thanks, we’ll look into it tomorrow.

  • RT Moto

    We attended the race as well and it was impressive seeing the “pizza man”, Chip, lay it on thick during the Heavyweight Twin Superstock race! I was impressed not only by the speed and acceleration but also with the stamina the bike had. The race was only six laps but even so Chip’s bike never faded in performance. We had a chance to interview Chip before the race and we were left in awe as he spoke about the bike and the amount of R&D that went into it. I’ll post the link to the video we shot of it once it’s finished uploading to YouTube, if that’s ok with the HFL management. I really look forward to seeing Chip and his bike at future WERA events. The future is quietly sneaking up on everyone at the moment and it’s only a matter of time before it’s here to take everyone for a ride.

    • Devin

      Many of us are waiting. The better he performs ont the track, the sooner this tech becomes mainstream. Ride Chip Ride.