MotoCzysz Racing Announces Four Riders for 2013

04/29/2013 @ 4:40 pm, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS


Not that we needed any confirmation, but the MotoCzysz crew has announced its return to the 2013 Isle of Man TT, and as we expected the Oregon-based team will defend its record-setting win from last year’s TT Zero with again a two-rider team of Michael Rutter and Mark Miller.

Also announcing its intention to race in the new 2013 eRoadRacing World Cup, MotoCzysz has enlisted the help of Shane Turpin and Steve Rapp for riding duties at Laguna Seca, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Miller Motorsports Park.

For those who haven’t been following along, Shane Turpin holds the distinction of being the only racer (besides Michael Czysz of course) to have ridden both the gas-powered MotoCzysz C1 and the electric-powered MotoCzysz E1pc, the latter Turpin campaigned at Miller two years ago.

Also of note, Steve Rapp is the only rider to have beaten a MotoCzysz E1pc during a closed-circuit race, and the MotoCzysz crew hopes that with Rapp’s help, it can put the E1pc within six seconds of the slowest MotoGP machines at Red Bull US GP at Laguna Seca race weekend.

On the TT front, Rutter and Miller are more than acquainted with racing the MotoCzysz machinery at the iconic island event, however the duo has a lofty goal in front of them for 2013: a 110 mph lap on the Mountain Course. Over 5 mph quicker than the high-water mark Rutter drew last year, a 110 mph lap is a big reach for the electric squad, and would put them squarely in internal-combustion territory at the TT.

With there being no easy day, MotoCzysz will be given a run for its money will again by the Mugen squad, which has already showed off its revised electric superbike, the Mugen Shinden Ni. At the helm of the Japanese entry will be 19-time-TT-race-winner John McGuinness. No biggie.

Source: MotoCzysz; Photo: © 2012 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & RubberCreative Commons – Attribution 3.0

  • Tom Z

    When are these “supercapacitors” going to make their motorcycle debut? That will really start to make things interesting…

  • Dr. Gellar

    Nice!! Glad to hear MotoCzysz will have a two-rider team for the North American eRoadRacing rounds, and a strong one at that. So we’ll have MotoCzysz and Brammo out there (with GP-level machinery).. Wonder if Lightning will be throwing their hat in with a two-rider team as well?! Certainly would spice things up this season.. :-)

  • GC

    Yawn….. I want a real motorcycle, call me a dinasaur. I want a C1. I want to hear a C1, possibly the trickiest bike ever. I want a C1. End of line.

  • onespeedpaul

    @GC HEAR HEAR!! I second that, and add the sound of the C1 is the highest form of music!!

  • Short circuit

    “with Rapp’s help, it can put the E1pc within six seconds of the slowest MotoGP machines at Red Bull US GP at Laguna Seca race weekend.”

    Sounds impresive(?)…umm..not really. Last year’s slowest CRT went 1:26.8 & the e-bike record is currently (get it?..currently) 1:31 set by Mission, both coincidently, ridden by the same Steve Rapp. So the E1pc’s stated lofty aspiration is to be almost 2 seconds slower than the existing record..with the same rider…shocking!

    As far as reaching 110mph at the IOM being in IC territory..yeah..10 year old 125cc 40hp bike that probably cost <$10,000 & did 2 more laps without refueling.

    If e-bikes are going to compare themselves to IC bikes, they better set realist goals that don't make them look foolish when they can't even attain them. Unless there is some giant technological breakthrough (unlikely after 100+ years & $billions spent) they will never win over the current (oops) generation of sport riders and remain limited to nerdy commuters.

  • Gutterslob

    ^ While I do agree with you about range and speed, I don’t think the e-companies have current or old generation riders in mind. They’re targeting new “Gen Y” (or whatever they’re called) types.

    Even looking outside the e-companies, take a peek at the KTM Freeride E that was recently announced. No clutch, no gears, rear brake lever on the left. Any cyclist can hop on one and have a go. If their promo video is to be believed, it might even be legal to ride in MTB trails and street parks. Heck, considering the crazy prices some of the high-end pushbikes are listed at, the Freeride E might even seem good value to people in that specific target market.

  • Gutterslob, I don’t think they are really targeting any particular age group, but types of riders. And most buyers seem to be middle aged, not the younger crowd who don’t have any money. But, while I whole heartedly agree with Short circuit on what he said about MotoCzysz’s stated goal for Laguna, I would also like to point out that MotoCzysz doesn’t make bikes. They may sometime in the future, but for now they are marketing to companies to whom they want to sell packaged drivetrains and battery systems. Barking up the wrong tree. On the subject of the right tree to bark at, Brammo is racing in the AFM this weekend taking gas bikes head on. But club races are usually a lap shorter than the electric races, so no range anxiety there.

  • Bob

    Mission needs to defend their record at Laguna Seca!!

  • protomech

    Slinging a 500 pound electric around the IOM mountain course at the same pace as a 40whp 150 pound gas bike is not a bad goal for 2013.

    And that “10 year old” 125cc bike is going to cost a bit more than $10k for a record-class effort. It costs serious money to play, even at the 125cc level.

    “The difference between a GP bike and a conventional race bike is difficult to overstate and this begins right at the core of the motorcycle. The Honda RS125R was sold as a serious, over the counter race bike and wasn’t cheap at $13,000. However, the sales ticket really only bought the would-be GP racer the right to spend a lot more money in getting the bike competitive. To get an RS125 to race winning standard, a further $18-20,000 is needed. Now the price tag is a hefty $30,000 plus – which is a long way from entry-level racing.”–Honda-RS125R.aspx


    “Also of note, Steve Rapp is the only rider to have beaten a MotoCzysz E1pc during a closed-circuit race, and the MotoCzysz crew hopes that with Rapp’s help, it can put the E1pc within six seconds of the slowest MotoGP machines at Red Bull US GP at Laguna Seca race weekend.”

    Somewhat ambiguous prediction. QP or race pace? CRT or full prototype MotoGP bike?

    The slowest qualifying CRT had a fast QP lap of 1:24.715. Steve Rapp did not qualify w/ 1:26.887.

    The slowest CRT had a fast race lap of 1:25.033.

    Steve Rapp / Mission Motors holds the TTXGP record of 1:31.376 QP and 1:33.194 race pace.

    6.5s off qualifying and 8s off race pace currently. Will see what race weekend brings!

  • jack

    Still I will be very excited to see the ebikes for the first time at Indy this year.