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MiniMotoSX: Electric Vs. Gas Showdown

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2011 Las Vegas Mini Moto SX

The MiniMotoSX event has been a proving grounds for electric motorcycle technology for several years now. After a few years of demonstration races (the first of which included former Supercross champion Jeff Emig), last year the electric bikes were combined with the 16-inch wheel gas bikes in a head to head battle.

The gas powered bikes, which are limited to air cooled “play bikes”, proved to be out gunned as the electric bikes dominated the class by taking the top six positions. 2011 will be a chance for redemption for the gas powered racers and further bragging rights for the battery powered bikes, which is expected to include at least one new-to-dirt brand trying to up the ante.

Drew Gosselaar rode a Quantya to the victory last year but was joined on the podium by Chris Dvorack and former World Motocross Champion Sebastian Tortelli riding Zero’s.

It is difficult to pick a favorite for 2011 as Quantya has not shared any plans for an official effort while Zero has factory Husqvarna WORCS/EnduroCross competitor Jamie Lanza joining their test rider and engineering technician, Trevor Doniak and Dirt Rider Associate Editor Chris Green all aiming for the top step of the podium.

And to make the second annual Energy Crisiscross more interesting, Brammo, which has a proven line of electric street bikes and a frontrunner in electric motorcycle road racing events has thrown their hat into the ring. Brammo has been guarded with the details about the bike and riders but you can expect some major announcements next week.

If you want to see what could be the future of fun in the dirt, you need to get out to Vegas on Friday, May 6.

Make your plans now to head out to Vegas for Monster Energy AMA Supercross weekend a little early so you can race for an AMA #1 plate or catch the Friday night show. You can find race entry and event info at minimotosx.com and the new South Point Hotel host has ticket and room packages available at southpointeventscenter.com/events/11-minimotosx.php.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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