American superbike rider Shawn Higbee won the first U.S.
zero-carbon TTXGP road race at Infineon Raceway in California on the weekend.
Higbee won the 11-lap, 25-mile race on a Zero-Agni
motorcycle, finishing 13 seconds ahead of second-place rider Michael Barnes —
another AMA Superbike series veteran — on a Lightning Motorcycles bike.
Higbee said he enjoyed the absence of vibration and felt the
electric bikes were close to gas-powered motorcycles in power and speed.
Higbee’s motorcycle ran an average time of 1:56, which was
faster than some of the gasoline-guzzling superbikes that ran in other race
series over the weekend at Infineon.
Two of the 10 bikes that started the race did not finish. Barnes was sidelined for almost a minute when his power supply cut out, which allowed Higbee to gallop away at the lead, but he still managed to find second place, a lap down from Higbee, at the end. In third place was Mike Hannas on an Electric Race Bikes entry.