Thursday, March 21, 2013

Jeremiah Johnson to race in 2013 TTXGP and 2013 Pikes Peak on a 2013 Zero S

Jeremiah Johnson
TTXGP 2012 World Championship
Daytona International Raceway
Jeremiah Johnson ( announced on Wednesday that he would be racing a 2013 Zero S in the as-yet-unnamed electric motorcycle racing series that's due to supplant the TTXGP and e-Power series for 2013. I'm sorry that the situation of the TTXGP/e-Power is overshadowing Johnson's plan to race in that series, but that's how it is, and I'll focus on him for the rest of this.  Johnson ran with loaned 2012 Zero S's in two TTXGP events during 2012, including the World Championship race at Daytona where he took 4th place. For the 2013 season he has purchased a 2013 Zero S, and teamed up with Hollywood Electrics for race customization.

Jeremiah stated, “I was a guest of Zero at their 2013 product launch party in Long Beach, and I am really looking forward to racing the ’13 Zero S this year. It has more than double the HP over the ’12 model that I raced last year, and that was a fun bike, so I’m eager to see what the ’13 is like on the track. Also, both Zeros I raced last year were bikes that I borrowed at the last minute to enter the races with. I’m really stoked to have a Team Be-Ev.Com Racing owned Zero Motorcycle that I can modify with Hollywood Electrics to fit my personal riding style. I got a chance to test a couple of the Hollywood Electrics modified streetbikes last year, and I can’t wait to start testing with them at the race track and see what we come up with for a serious race bike. I am very thankful to Harlan Flagg of Hollywood Electrics for making this deal come through.”

Hollywood Electric does more than just sell the bikes, they can do a wide range of customizations.  They've done racing setup for other Zero S owners, such as land-speed-record-holder Brandon Nozaki-Miller, and recently launched an electric-only race series through the M1GP racing club in Southern California.  Johnson says he will participate in a few of these races as well.

In addition to racing in the series-which-replaces-TTXGP-e-Power, Johnson will also run in the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb as part of the first all-electric motorcycle class in the history of that event.  “I’ve been a big fan of the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb race for a long time now, and I’m really stoked to get the opportunity to actually compete in the event myself,” said Jeremiah. “Being able to do it on an Electric motorcycle during the first year of the new class is even more exciting. I’m really happy to be able to help promote Electric Vehicles to a wider audience.”

Jeremiah Johnson is an AMA Pro racer who has a long history of interest with electric motorcycle racing.  As I noted a year ago when he announced his participation in the 2012 TTXGP season, he was one of the participants in the 2009 TTXGP event held during the Vintage Motorcycle Days at the Mid-Ohio Raceway, the first presence of the TTXGP in North America.

I shot this video at Daytona with Terry Hershner and Jeremiah Johnson going over the modifications they made to prepare Hershner's Zero S for the 2012 TTXGP World Final.

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