How is Steve Rapp Like Moses? They Were Both on a Mission to the Promised Land

07/23/2011 @ 11:17 pm, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS

The joint e-Power/TTXGP round at Laguna Seca saw its second round today, with virtually all the riders improving upon their times from yesterday’s free practice. Once again at the top was Supersport-paced Mission R, which was piloted by Steve Rapp to a 1’31.376 pole-position time. One of the only shake-ups on the grid position, Lightning Motorcycles bested last year’s winner MotoCzysz for the second starting position, as the company from San Carlos found some more cornering speed from its previous Isle of Man suspension setup.

MotoCzysz also improved upon its unique suspension design, looking very strong down the straight-away. Hopefully Czysz can find some more speed and make the battle for second a close one, while the battle for fourth should be a hot contest with Germany’s Münch Racing just five hundredths of a second ahead of Oregon’s Brammo. Qualifying results are after the jump, and check back tomorrow for our full coverage of the Laguna Seca electric round.

Qualifying Practice Results from e-Power/TTXGP at Laguna Seca:

Pos. No. Rider Motorcycle Team Time
1 17 Steve Rapp Mission R Mission Motors 1’31.376
2 80 Michael Barnes Lightning Lightning Motorcycles 1’37.505
3 11 Michael Czysz MotoCzysz E1pc MotoCzysz 1’39.272
4 49 Matthias Himmelmann Münch TTE Münch Racing Team 1’42.051
5 58 Steve Atlas Brammo Empulse Brammo Racing 1’42.127
6 48 Alessandro Brannetti eCRP 1.4 CRP Racing 1’42.392
7 37 Thad Wolff Moto Electra Moto Electra 1’49.309
8 93 Shelina Moreda eCRP 1.4 CRP Racing 1’53.611
9 7 Marcellino Manzano LGN Racing LGN Racing Team 1’55.075
10 96 Kenyon Kluge Zero S K Squared Racing 1’59.778
11 18 Ely Schless Proto Moto Pro Moto Racing 2’00.012

Source: FIM; Photo: © 2011 Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

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  • Kyle

    Thanks for the TTXGP coverage. Any chance of getting decent paddock shots of the bikes? I don’t even know what the new lightning bike looks like other than it is yellow

  • Tim H.

    I love this! Can’t wait to see how the e-bikes develop with another year of work. I also wonder how the bikes would fair with a MotoGP riders on them. I’m sure Steve Rapp and the other guys are way better riders than I’ll ever be, but the MotoGP riders are still in the premier series for a reason.