Jake sparks up for electric bid (By Mark Hinchiiffe)

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HE once broke the world record for riding a 50cc scooter and now has his eyes set on the world land speed record for electric motorbikes.

Gold Coast racer Jake Dolan, 21, will next month attempt to break the 200mph barrier (321.8km/h) on an Australian-made electric bike at Speed Week at Lake Gairdnier, South Australia.

“I only really heard about such racing since the movie The World’s Fastest Indian came out and since then it’s always been something I have wanted to do,” he said.

“I am so keen to set another world record to add to my scooter racing achievement.”

In 2007, Dolan set a Guinness world record by riding his 50cc TGB lois scooter 1178.76km in 24 hours (49.11 km/h average) in the Le Minz Scooterthon on the Gold Coast.

This time he will be riding a bike built by Team Catavolt, which last year established the Australian land speed record of 177km/h with a 60kW engine.

For 2011, they will have 175kw of power, substantially more than the world record holders who set a speed of 174mph (280 km/h) last year in Bonneville, Utah. “The thought of being the first to do 200mph on an electric motorcycle is pretty exciting,” Dolan said. “This growing sector of motorsport is a very topical subject and to be known as the world’s fastest rider and first ever to 200mph would be a real boost to my race career.”

Dolan is Queensland’s fastest 600cc Superstock road racer.