Alta Motors, one of the leaders in global lightweight electric vehicles, made two-wheel history with Josh Hill on its Redshift MX electric motorcycle, and announced that the company has secured Ty Tremaine to ride Alta’s Redshift EX.
On the heels of a banner sales year and notable national expansion, Alta Motor is gearing up for a big year of racing and supporting its professional riders in 2018.
Unlike Formula 1, the pinnacle of motorsports, which has a designated electric-only race series, known as Formula E, Alta Motors, Josh Hill, and Ty Tremaine are proving that electrics can compete with gas-powered vehicles in the same race and still win.
At the Geneva Supercross, a world-renowned industry competition with one of the largest tracks in Europe, Josh Hill proved an all-electric bike could not only compete, but also win.
In spite of a shipping hiccup, Josh was still able to locate a stock year-old Redshift MX in Europe from another Alta customer, swap in his own suspension, and race in an exhibition match against motocross-legend Ricky Carmichael, also known as the G.O.A.T—the Greatest Of All Time.
Coming from behind with a borrowed bike, Josh swept both duel matches on Sunday, edging out Carmichael 3-2 overall.
This event represents the first time an electric motorcycle has ever competed, let alone won, on a supercross track. It was also Alta’s first appearance in Europe, ushering in the future of fast in electric racing.
“After seeing pros like Josh Hill and Kurt Nicoll race Alta’s bikes, I was intrigued but skeptical,” said Ty Tremaine. “It wasn’t until testing the bike that I became truly impressed with how well it handled and the potential for racing. Like many riders, I want to win, so the decision to sign with Alta was easy. Looking ahead to 2018, I’m excited to put the Redshift EX to the test.”
Alta Motors secured Ty Tremaine, one of the top three professional riders in the Endurocross field. Raised in South Lake Tahoe, Ty grew up riding in high-speed desert races, and went on to claim two X Games Finals, in addition to being named the FIM Junior SuperEnduro World Champion in 2015 at the young age of 18.
In a first for Tremaine, he will compete riding Alta’s Redshift EX in the 2018 Endurocross series, the Kenda AMA Tennessee Knockout and a number of sprint enduro events across North America.
Tremaine’s early success signals how he will be a force to be reckoned with on the track this coming year, as he races the Redshift.
“We designed, manufactured and raced a bike we thought could challenge the best incumbents, and are so grateful to have Josh Hill as an early adopter make electric bike history and prove us right,” said Alta Motors CEO, Marc Fenigstein. “We’re also very excited to share the Redshift platform with Ty Tremaine to see what we can do together in 2018, competing for the Endurocross championship.”