I never planned on being a racer, I just wanted to get to work with less stress, and thought I would be happy to go 20 mph on my little electric scooter 2 years ago, and yet here I am now chomping at the bit to go 150. And have my sights set on being the first all electric racer to compete at Isle of Man TT, never having ridden on a gas bike.
Harlan from Hollywood Electrics invited me up to the TTXGP with him at infineon just last month, and I loved every moment of it, but I noticed one thing that all of the fans seemed to cry out for, more bikes on the grid. People seemed really excited and everyone seemed to be in unanimous harmony that electric motorcycles is where the future waits. The positive responses I got from talking to spectators all made me feel like there was a need for someone to evangelize the sport and bring it into the real race world as a real sport to draw in more attention. That motivation coupled with the new TTXGP e-superstock class ( a class just for production bikes, no prototypes ) made me realize this IS something that anyone can do, with Zero Motorcycles having production bikes that can handle the track, if I were to get out there and really promote this hard, I could not only promote the sport, but also get myself into the TTXGP next year and possibly even drag some gas racers along with me into the electric future, all the while making as much history as possible.
And it worked. I did it, now I am competing in races like Pikes Peak
First all electric racer to compete at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
The first licensed racer to never have ridden a gas bike. I am all electric all the way, and don't plan on riding a gas bike any time soon.
First electric motorcycle to go through Kieth Codes California Superbike School. Was very well received, and really impressed a lot of people. I got a whole lot of attention and they really would like to see me back.
First Rider to earn a racing license on an electric. I believe there have been two professional racers before who did ride electric bikes on the gas circuit, however they were long time gas riders who had been licensed with gas bikes, and were for most of their career gas riders.
1) Earn expert license, 2) Take a place on the TTXGP E-Superstock podium, 3) Raise enough interest in electric racing to start an electric class in the CVMA