Source: press release Energica Motor Company | On Tytlers Cycle Racing’s, #137 Energica Eva Ribelle RS, with the Kit Corsa Clienti, Stefano Mesa set a new electric lap-time record on the legendary WeatherTech Laguna Seca circuit during Race Two of the 2023 Super Hooligan National Championship.
He clocked in at 1:31.272secs – 0.1secs better than the old record which stood for twelve years, despite many attempts to break it since it was established back in 2011 by Steve Rapp aboard the prototype Mission R race bike from Mission Motors for the TTXGP race. This achievement is even more remarkable considering the recent re-pavement job that briefly slowed down competitors compared to previous times.
The deliberate objective at that time for Mission was to set the quickest time possible for just a single lap to make a record that would be hard for anyone else to match. The result was an incredible 1’31.376secs utilizing a full power qualifying setting. By contrast, Rapp’s fastest lap during the TTXGP race that weekend was 1’33.194, roughly two seconds slower.
“Records are meant to be broken, visions are meant to become reality.” stated Liva Cevolini, CEO of Energica Motor Company, S.p.A., of the news. “We already made history in being the first electric vehicle to race directly against endothermic machines in a full race series, now, in a different way, we have done it again, thanks to Stefano Mesa and the whole Tylers Cycle Racing team.
The Super Hooligan series is based on naked road bikes (i.e., without a sport or touring fairing) that are widely available for sale to the general public. This is how far Energica has pushed the boundaries when it comes to electric motorcycling and its application in everyday life, with the longest range, highest torque and power and fastest charging available – all in a package that retains the excitement of riding a motorcycle.
“We are proud and excited with this new record!”, said Giampiero Testoni, Energica Motor Company CTO. “This is an incredible achievement, especially if we consider how little track time Mesa had to familiarise with the Eva Ribelle RS and that the bike hasn’t undergone any massive change to set such an important record. This is a testament of the work done by the company, who makes available an incredible machine to anyone who wishes to exploit the special excitement of riding electric. All things considered, I believe there is big margin for improvement on the overall package. Now we have to wait and see how we fare in Austin in September.”
Join Tytlers Cycle Racing and Energica for more Super Hooligan action with Stefano Mesa on the PETRONAS iona Energica Eva Ribelle RS on September 8-10 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas for the final event of the season.