There are electric motorcycles, and then there is Chip Yates and the Swigz Racing team. Yates' electric motorcycle isn't like other electric bikes you've seen. The difference? Yates' bike is unbelievably fast. Yates and the Swigz Racing team just came within 1.4 seconds of the qualifying time for the AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike series.
To qualify for the Daytona Sportbike series, Yates would have to set a lap time of 1:35.88. Yates was almost able to hit that time this weekend during a two day test at the Auto Club Speedway. Yates ended the test with a best time of 1:37.308. Yates got his 585 pound machine up to 163.7 mph, shaving 2.5 seconds off of his historic WERA track times. Yates might have been able to hit the mark, but some technical issues kept his motorcycle off during the final testing sessions.
Yates made history last month when he competed head to head with petrol bikes at Fontana in the WERA Heavyweight Twins Superbike & Superstock race classes and climbed up onto the podium.
Here's a video from Yates' historic race.
Yates will now take some time to analyze the data and to do some more testing before he brings his bike back out onto the track. But don't be surprised if you see the Swigz Racing team lineup on the Daytona Sportbike grid sometime in the near future.