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Barracuda-Lightning Wins at The Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix with a Solar-Powered SuperBike
First solar-powered SuperBike to win a race with a zero carbon footprint
Campbell, Calif. Michael Barnes secured the win at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix aboard the Barracuda-Lightning SuperBike in the ePower/TTXGP category. It was the first race and first win aboard the solar-powered Barracuda-Lightning SuperBike that treads lightly with a zero carbon footprint.
"We are proud to be a part of this historic victory," said Michael Perone, co-founder and chief marketing officer at Barracuda Networks. "It's a great feeling to help bring forth innovative technology that leads to a win like this "” that's what we strive for at Barracuda Networks."
This was the third year that the ePower bikes have raced the Red Bull MotoGP at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and the second for the TTXGP series. After racing the series for the past two years, Barnes finally came away with the win in convincing fashion and with much improved lap times aboard the new Barracuda-Lightning bike.
About Barracuda Networks
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About Lightning Motorcycles
Lightning Motorcycles was founded by Richard Hatfield in San Carlos, California in 1999. By 2009, the company had created the Fastest Super Bike in the world and set the land speed record in 2010 at 215.960 mph. The team broke its own record in 2011 with a top speed of 218.637 mph. Since then, Lightning Motorcycles has established its dominance competing and winning in multiple internationally recognized superbike races. The company's mission is to develop the most innovative competition race bike and use that technology to produce and distribute affordable two wheel electric vehicles to commuter markets worldwide. www.lightningmotorcycle.com
TTXGP, the eGrandPrix is an international race series providing a high profile platform for the development of electric vehicles. Using motorcycles as a resource effective development platform, TTXGP enables the futuristic technology behind them to be tested in an exciting and challenging way. TTXGP aims to drive low carbon technological innovation forward, to demonstrate that clean-emission transport technologies have matured and can be fun, fast and exciting. www.egrandprix.com
More, from a press release issued by MUENCH Racing:
Silent racing watched by thousands in Laguna Seca
E-bike team MUENCH Racing competed with strong Americans.
Nine e-bikes participated in last Sunday's FIM championship race at the Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca (California, USA). As an opener for the Moto GP the world famous e-bike teams Brammo, Lightning, Zero, Honda and MÃœNCH raced in front of more than 100.000 visitors. The only European team MUENCH Racing was very anxious to compete with the strong Americans.
In Sunday's final race MUENCH driver Matthias Himmelmann commenced from the fourth position and teammate Katja Poensgen began the race out of slot six. Whilst racing amazon and current leader of the FIM Championship individual rankings Katja Poensgen started with the slightly improved victory bike from Hungary, last year's champion Matthias Himmelmann chose the team's first machine with a new Wittenstein-engine and new battery.
Unfortunately, the standings did not change during the course of the nine-lap race. The Championship's rankings have changed accordingly:
1. 55 points Katja Poensgen
2. 38 points Matthias Himmelmann
3. 36 points Christian Amendt
"žBoth of our drivers achieved respectable results," said MUENCH Manager Thomas Petsch. "žThe starter's field was excellent and the competition very strong." Indeed it was. With drivers like Michael Barnes, Steve Atlas and Eric Bostrom, three of the most respected and well-known US-(e)-racing-drivers proved their skills and once again accomplished top results.
Now, there will only be two more FIM races the teams get to participate in: Oschersleben (Germany) on August 12th and LeMans (France) on September 9th. All fans can be very anxious if for this year's championship a woman will hold the FIM-overall championship crown for the first time in history.
Nevertheless, the team has to focus on their next assignment for this upcoming weekend- achieving great results during the TTXGP race in Assen. Currently, the MUENCH Racing Team leads the overall European TTXGP Ranking as well.
For more information please visit: www.muenchmotorbikes.com
A video of Katja competing in an electric bike race earlier this season, and standing on the podium with her daughter:
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