|Shane Turpin, Brammo|
In 2012, Michael Barnes (Lightning Motorcycles) had a 1:33.860 best lap time during practice, and during the race had a 1:35.319 best lap time.
Basically, Turpin was tearing up the track running much faster than team-mate Eric Bostrom. Team Manager Brian Wismann claimed this was because the bike had an old battery pack, with cells they'd wanted to replace but hadn't done so during the race. I'm wondering if he was hitting the throttle too hard.
|Eric Bostrom, Brammo|
In the first lap Shelina Moreda went sliding in the corkscrew. The race took place at 9:30 AM, and conditions had been foggy just a few minutes earlier, with the fog lifting just before the race. Apparently the track was a bit wet/damp still, and she lost traction in the middle of the corkscrew. The corkscrew is a blind turn, where you're racing up-hill, take a small turn at the top of the hill, and then you're on a downslope that's supposed to be like going down a cliff, but there's a few turns to negotiate along the way. Jeremiah Johnson was just behind her and Ted Rich, and had a good look at what happened after Moreda went tumbling. Ted Rich was just behind her, and as Johnson crested the hill to enter the corkscrew he saw Ted Rich impacting Shelina's bike, which was already sliding into the dirt.
That took out two riders - Moreda and Rich, who were part of the trio that was going to be contesting 3rd place. Moreda's bike was scraped up pretty bad on the left side, and her leathers were muddied, but both her and Ted Rich were fine. Rich even raced in the AMA Superbike race shortly later.
The next to get knocked out was Brandon Miller. He'd not been allowed to take the warmup lap because of some mechanical problems due to a mishap in the paddock. He was able to start the race, and completed 1 lap doing really good, but in turn 3 of the 2nd lap the bike slid out from under him, for unknown reasons, and he ended up in the dirt banging up a lot of parts on his bike.
Everyone else rode fine and made it home.
Jeremiah Johnson took 3rd place with a total time of 15:18.040, best lap time of 1:52.361. His first lap took 2:00.478, if only because of having to dodge past Moreda and Rich with their accident. Otherwise his laptimes were consistent, hitting 1:52's for the next four laps, then 1:54 and 1:55 for the last three.
Arthur Kowitz took 4th place with a total time of 15:35.766, best lap time of 1:55.586. He consistently hit 1:55-1:56 lap times the whole race.
|Shane Turpin, race-prepping the bike|
|Brandon Nozaki-Miller, on his one lap|
|Brandon Miller on his broken bike|
|Zero Motorcycles crew, celebrating|