Thomas Betti took victory in round 1 of the FIM E-Power zero emission championship at Le Mans this past weekend, riding a bike built by his father, Luciano, who also raced in the event and placed last. Reiner Kopp and Christian Amendt were the other two podium finishers.
The younger Betti, who is an Italian firefighter by day, started from the pole position and dominated the 6 lap event. The 5 competitors in the year’s first electric motorcycle road race were forced to conserve energy during the final laps in order to be able to go the full distance.
Thomas Betti’s best lap time at Le Mans was 2:21. In comparison, 2009 MotoGP polesitter Dani Pedrosa road the same circuit in 1:33.974 last year on his Repsol Honda RC212V.
The next round of the e-Power Championship will be held on 22 May in Albacete, Spain.
2010 FIM E-Power Zero Emission Championship at Le Mans Results
Rider Nation Team Machine
1st Thomas Betti Italy Betti Moto Betti Moto
2nd Reiner Kopp USA Munch Racing Laverda
3rd Christian Amendt Germany EPO-bike.de Honda
4th Harald Gasse Germany Peace-E-Rider Innoscooter
5th Luciano Betti Italy Betti Moto Betti Moto
DNS Thijs De Ridder Belgium Crystalyte-Europe.com DR Motorsn.