Alta Motors is set to make two-wheel history as the first electric factory race team to compete at the Erzberg Rodeo – with Lyndon Poskitt and Ty Tremaine at the helm.
Poskitt and Tremaine will be riding the next generation electric Alta Redshift, racing head to head against petrol-powered competition – as Alta Motors continues its campaign to prove that its electric motorcycles are capable of competing at the highest level of racing.
Part of the Red Bull Hard Enduro Series, the Erzberg Rodeo is a 35 km race in the mountains of Austria where riders attempt to summit steep hillclimbs and daunting obstacles. Over 2,000 riders attempt to qualify for 500 starting slots in the main event – but only a small handful go on to finish the race within the four-hour time limit. In 2017, only 25 riders completed the race, and in 2016, only 9. Basically, it’s tough.
Lyndon Poskitt, a professional off-road racer, Dakar rally veteran, and producer of the popular off-road motorcycle travel series, Races to Places, has signed on to race the Redshift at this year’s Erzberg. And with his extensive experience as a professional rider and previous participation at Erzberg, he should be a serious contender at this year’s race.
Poskitt said: “After challenging Erzberg on a rally bike last year, I’m eager to see what I can accomplish on a premium bike that is designed specifically for this environment. Partnering with Alta made sense because they’ve built a bike that delivers the control and power critical for this type of race—it just happens to be electric.”
Ty Tremaine will be tackling the Erzberg for the first time, but his experience as a two-time X Games Finals competitor should leave him feeling good about his chances on the “Iron Mountain.”
Tremaine said: “Having the opportunity to make history by riding the first electric is an honor. After the past few months racing the Redshift, I am confident it will give me my best shot at conquering the Iron Mountain.”
Alta Motors Chief Technical Officer and co-founder, Derek Dorresteyn said: “We built the Redshift to compete head-to-head with the best gas bikes in the most brutal environments in the world. The Erzberg extreme enduro is the place to demonstrate that. The race comes at a time when electric bikes are struggling for acceptance in international competition. We are grateful that the Erzberg organizers share our belief that competition should be about advancing technology—not restricting it—and that they are providing a platform to demonstrate that electrics should have the right to compete.”
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