Amarok Racing is going to challenge Pikes Peak this summer with their made-in-Canada electric bike, and they’ve got the best man for the job aboard with their effort.
For years, one man has been close to the forefront of motorcycle competition at Pikes Peak – Greg Tracy. Tracy has won six International Hillclimbs at Pikes Peak; last year, he finished second, and he and teammate Carlin Dunne (the first-place finisher) both broke the ten-minute mark in their race up the mountain – a first in the race’s history.
Of course, Tracy ran a Ducati Multistrada to hit that mark, but the big question last year was whether an electric racer would catch up to the gas-powered bikes. But since Chip Yates retired, the Ducatis ruled the day. Now that Amarok has Tracy aboard their P1, that might not be the case this year.
If there was any race that gave a huge advantage to electric bikes, it would have to be Pikes Peak; it has 156 turns in 12.4 miles, but more importantly, it rises 5,000 feet (with no guardrails to stop you from driving off the mountain!). Internal combustion engines suffer from fueling issues as a result; electric superbike racer Chip Yates was a serious contender even before the road was paved in its entirety, and we’re guessing Tracy will be able to take the Amarok to the podium.
Word on the street was that Tracy was going to race Pikes Peak on four wheels this year (he knows his way around cars as well – he pulled off the Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare at the 2012 X-Games).
He’s a very accomplished Hollywood stuntman (you’ve seen him drive in plenty of blockbusters) and he’s also raced the Baja 1000 and attempted land speed records at Bonneville. He’s almost a modern day Bud Ekins …