Matt Dieckmann believed the future is electric, and he died hoping to prove it.
Dieckmann, the 29-year-old founder of Electric Race Bikes, was killed Monday following a collision with a car in his hometown of Santa Rosa, California. He reportedly was testing a new electric motorcycle at the time.
We met Dieckmann, pictured above on the left, at Infineon Raceway during the first TTXGP electric motorcycle race of the season and found him incredibly passionate about the sport. He loved motorcycles and he loved racing, but he was troubled by the pollution. He felt there was a better way and thought he’d found it in electric motorcycles.
“He was re-inventing them to make them better,” his grandmother, Betty Hiebel, told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
Dieckmann designed the battery pack in the EGP, the converted Yamaha TZ250 that Mike Hannas rode to third place at Infineon. The bike fared well throughout the season, with Electric Race Bikes finishing fourth in the constructors’ championship and Hannas third in the riders’ championship.
Dieckmann was competitive, but he also worked for the good of the sport, offering advice and helping other teams when they needed a hand. He also was working with entrepreneurs in India to help bring electric motorcycles to that country.
“He was a truly inspiring figure and popular in the paddock and with so much promise,” TTXGP officials said in a statement. “Always offering support or a friendly hand, Matt touched all who met him with an infectious laugh and a glowing smile. He will be sorely missed and our hearts and condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.”
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