Stefano Mesa and Tytlers Cycle Racing have completed round five and six of the 2023 Super Hooligan National Championship, which took place at the WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway.
This was another opportunity to shine for the Kit-Corsa-Clienti-equipped Energica Eva Ribelle RS, which in the capable hands of the 30-year-old Colombian rider wrote a new chapter in the history of motorcycling, as Roland Sands himself stated on commentary: “The first EV ever in the world to lead a race against ICE machinery”. Mesa exploited the immense torque of the Energica streetfighter machine to bend space and time and enter Turn One ahead of the rest of the field in Race One.
But it was Race Two that proved how the rider and the technical package are gelling together, as Mesa showed a whole different pace on Sunday and set his fastest lap in 1:31.272secs. Stefano’s efforts did not go unnoticed by his peers: soon after Saturday’s Super Hooligan Race One, he had to take part in the grueling, extended 38-lap Supersport race. Many Supersport riders, including multiple MotoAmerica Superbike champion Josh Hayes praised Mesa’s speed, determination and stamina which led to a fourth-place finish in that race.
With a sixth and a fifth in the two Super Hooligan encounters, Mesa and Tytlers Cycle Racing are back to P6 in the overall championship standings and are only seven points away from the top five.
Fantastic result. If you know everybody who’s behind Energica, you know this bike works. Stefano knows how to make it work and the team knows how to make it work. This is fabulous!Michael Kiley, Team Principal of Tytlers Cycle Racing
With Laguna Seca being one of the most attended racetracks on the MotoAmerica calendar and considering the fact that is located in the most EV-friendly state in the USA, the stunning PETRONAS iona-liveried Eva Ribelle grabbed the attention of the many fans who joined in this time out. This included a number of Energica owners who rode from as far away as Los Angeles and San Diego to cheer on their hero, whose bikes crowded the entrance to Garage 20, seemingly standing guard over the #137 race bike itself.
Energica, Tytlers Cycle Racing and Stefano Mesa return to the action on September 8-10 at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, for the final event of the season.