Translation: Energica’s bet paid off in spades, paving the way for their new – rather impressive – reputation as the first EV brand to actually give gas-powered platforms a run for their money on a competitive circuit.
Energica’s CEO imparts his two cents on the matter to the team at Roadracing World:
We had to prove to people that we had a legitimate sportbike. And you earn your respect on the racetrack.”
Naturally, a story of triumph like this doesn’t come without its own setbacks. In an interview with Roadracing World Editor John Ulrich, both Benatti and Energica’s CTO, Giampiero Testoni, talk about the struggles of pioneering preparation for such an insane year:
Here the challenge mostly is to race against different bikes that have a clutch, have gears, have a transmission, have a different braking point, so even the lines could be different because of how you have to brake and how you accelerate.”
“… one of the major challenges for us is facing the energy consumption on very long tracks and very fast tracks. Daytona and COTA are two of the most challenging tracks for electric vehicles.”
What was the inspiration for Energica to race gas bikes?
A fun question requires an equally fun answer; in this case, Testoni tells the Roadracing World staff that “colleagues from the U.S. pushed a lot to go racing against petrol motorcycles.”
In other words, people badgered them to do it, so they gave it a shot and landed themselves a podium for their troubles.
Here’s Testoni’s recall after the win was said and won:
… at the end of the day, you have to say [the US colleagues] were right because this is proving, as you say, that we are making history – that the electric bike is a perfect alternative to a combustion bike.”
Does Energica believe in full EV power for our community?
Like other brands in our sphere, Energica believes that there is an increasingly welcome time and place for EV power in the motorcycling industry.
We’re also reading in Testoni’s wording that nobody should tell a rider what to ride:
We don’t want to say that everything will be electric… that there will be only electric so you just have to convert, no… but there is an alternative that is as fun, as fast, maybe funner, if you want, for the torque and so on.”