Since Asphalt & Rubber has been coming to you live from the Isle of Man this past fortnight, we’ve gotten hip to what our friends across the pond are doing these days. While we doubt that the copious amounts of tea and superfluous use of the letter “u” in words will stick with us when we return to the US, we do know that today is the Queen Elizabeth II’s Official Birthday in the UK (which oddly enough isn’t her actual birthday).
As is the custom on her official birthday, the Queen names a list of recipients of royal honours and those admitted to the Order of the British Empire, with this year including TTXGP’s Azhar Hussain as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his contributions to motorsport.
While “The Czar” and I have our differences, one has to give credit where it is due, and Azhar Hussain has certainly jump-started, if not outright created, the electric motorcycle racing movement. Having just watched my first Isle of Man TT, which included the second annual TT Zero, this week makes it just three years ago when the British entrepreneur ran the first electric motorcycle race on this tiny island in the middle of the Irish Sea.
Since then TTXGP has moved on to a number of series in Europe, North America, and Australia, and while the formula is far from perfect, Hussain has created a starting point for all of us to continue to build upon in the motorcycle industry. Congratulations Azhar, you’ve certainly earned it with your efforts.
Source: The Guardian