Press Release | June 23, 2023
Petronas Becomes Energica’s Racing America Main Sponsor for the 2023 season
This is a press release from Energica…
Energica Motor Company, the worldwide leader in high-performance electric motorcycles and EV system integrations has joined forces with lubricant giant, Petronas Lubricants International, as it becomes Energica’s Industrial Partner and Energica’s Racing America Main Sponsor for the 2023 season.
Energica is currently supporting team Tytlers Cycle Racing with invaluable know-how and incredible machinery in the Roland Sand Design’s Super Hooligan National Championship, part of the MotoAmerica series. Energica is the only electric manufacturer to compete alongside other ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) players for the full season.
“We’re making history once again. Racing has always been in our DNA from the very beginning, and after making history in MotoE for four years, we accepted a new challenge alongside Tytlers Cycle Racing. What makes this even more incredible is to have a powerhouse like Petronas Lubricants International alongside us to lay a new milestone in motorsport history,” says Giampiero Testoni, CTO of Energica Motor Company.
“Petronas Lubricants International is constantly exploring ways to support the rapidly developing EV industry, including in the motorsport scene. This partnership opens opportunities for us in the development of EV fluids that cover all types of electric vehicles including trucks, light commercial vehicles, passenger cars and motorbikes. It is a testament to our ability of customising bespoke solutions for the full range of fluid applications in electrified powertrains,” added Hezlinn Idris, Managing Director and Group CEO of Petronas Lubricants International.
Petronas Lubricants International is represented by the company’s brand of next-generation fluids specifically tailored for electric vehicles, Petronas Iona, which includes e-Transmission fluids, e-Cooling fluids, and e-Greases. Petronas Lubricants International adds Energica to the list of partnerships with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to extend its Fluid Technology Solutions™, meeting the demanding requirements of electric vehicles.
Petronas Lubricants International has made strides since the launch of Petronas Iona in 2019 in the company’s quest towards sustainability, with full-scale programs to support electric vehicles, reducing environmental impact, stepping up on clean energy, managing GHG emissions and promoting a circular economy—all goals in common with Energica’s vision and mission for a cleaner and more sustainable future of mobility.
Motorcycle-wise, the main star of this racing challenge is the Eva Ribelle RS, the electric streetfighter ridden by the experienced and talented Stefano Mesa from Colombia. Energica electric motorcycles have been made in the famous Motor Valley of Italy since 2014 and are available for sale at more than 130 dealers and importers worldwide. Since April 2022, Energica Motor Company has been part of Ideanomics, a global group that aims at accelerating the commercial adoption of electric vehicles.
Round two of the 2023 Super Hooligan National Championship will take place on June 23-25 at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington State (around 90 miles away from state capital Seattle).
EXCITING DEBUT FOR MESA AND TYTLERS CYCLE RACING WITH THE EVA RIBELLE RS AT DAYTONA
Tytlers Cycle Racing and Stefano Mesa have completed the opening round of the 2023 Mission Foods Super Hooligan National Championship by MotoAmerica, with the fast and experienced Colombian rider able to ride the race-ready Energica EVA Ribelle RS to a seventh and a fifth place in the first two races of the series held at the iconic Daytona International Speedway in Florida, USA.
There was plenty of anticipation for the debut of the first full-time electric-powered effort in the series, and Mesa – who has had his fair share of success on the iconic Daytona high banks over the years – proved to be more than ready for the new challenge.
A successful performance at Daytona was everything but a given, as the lack of previous data at the track or experience with the spec Dunlop tires meant that there were still some unknowns on the overall potential of the Energica race package at the high-speed venue – which layout-wise is surely not the most favorable one for electric motorcycles.
Despite all of the above, the #137 rider mastered the full power of Energica’s streetfighter machine while getting in the mix with ICE-powered competitors as well as making the most of the instant torque available to his right wrist at the start of the encounter. The Energica EVA Ribelle proved to be a solid package in more than capable hands, and the results achieved have injected further confidence for the upcoming race events.
The Super Hooligan series will now take a break before resuming proceedings for Round two at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington State on June 23-25.
For more on the Super Hooligan series, visit www.superhooligan.com
For more information on MotoAmerica, visit www.MotoAmerica.com