American Mark Miller will ride for Team Vercarmoto in the SES TT Zero Race during the Isle Of Man TT races.
The Italian based team which first entered this race in 2012, finished in fifth place last year with rider Chris McGahan.
Miller 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 third place in 2012 to go with his 2010 race victory. The American is also one of only three riders to break the prestigious 100 mph 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 fifth place in the 2013 TT Zero Race I took a close look at their bike, a heavily modified Yamaha R6 with an intact gearbox . With loads of carbon fibre and other trick bits, it definitely looks capable of doing the business to fight for the podium.”
Miller will compete riding the Vercar R6E, the only electric motorcycle with six-speed gearbox, extremely compact dimensions and chassis borrowed from the starting bike: Yamaha YZF-R6.
The race bike puts out about 75 bhp with a weight of about 225 kg and a top speed close to 250 km/h (155 mph). The engine is matched 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.