|For the first time in the six year history of the event, MotoCzysz will not be racing in the electric motorcycle category at the Isle of Man TT. That meant that 2010 Champion and three time podium finisher Mark Miller had to find a new ride for the 2014 Isle of Man Ses TT Zero event. Fortuneately he has done just that and signed to race for Italian based Team Vercarmoto. This will be Vercarmoto's second year at the event. In 2013 the team finished 5th with an average speed of 83.857 miles per hour which was about 25 mph off the pace of the MotoCzysz and Mugen machines (see 2013 results). It will be interesting to see if Mark can get on the podium at the 2014 event. Here is the press release from the Isle of Man TT:
Tuesday 18th March 2014
After finishing in fifth place with Chris McGahan in the SES TT Zero in 2013, Italian based Team Vercarmoto, who made their debut in the event in 2012, has announced that American Mark Miller will ride for them in the 2014 Race.
The American rider is seen as a specialist in the category and boasts a respectable track record in the Isle of Man TT Zero class with the runner up position in 2011 and 3rd place in 2012 to go with his 2010 race victory. The American is also one of only three riders to break the prestigious 100mph mark around the iconic 37.73 mile TT Mountain Course on an electric bike, a feat he achieved in the 2012 race.
"I'm very excited to be joining Team Vercarmoto for the 2014 TT Zero event," said Miller. “I met the team owner Carlo Gelmi a few years ago when he told me he was building a very fast electric race bike and indeed he has done it. After their Vercar R6E finished in 5th place in the 2013 TT Zero Race I had a close look at their bike, a heavily modified Yamaha R6 with a gearbox intact. With loads of carbon fibre and other trick bits, it definitely looks capable of doing the business to fight for the podium and this will be our aim."
"I want to wish MotoCzysz and Michael Czysz all the best as they take a year off from racing and welcome this terrific opportunity to work with my new Italian team. I cannot wait to get the TT fortnight rolling again."
Miller will compete riding the Vercar R6E, the only electric motorcycle with 6-speed gearbox, extremely compact dimensions and chassis borrowed from the starting bike: Yamaha YZF-R6.
The performance is around 75 bhp with a weight of about 225 kg and a speed close to 250 km/h (155 mph), obtained thanks to an engine with drive control that allows the recovery of kinetic energy during braking. The batteries with lithium-ion technology are very high performance with a special electronic management system (BMS) that allows the optimization of the energy in any operating condition.
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