FIM Releases 2012 e-Power Championship Calendar

12/22/2011 @ 12:18 pm, by Jensen Beeler4 COMMENTS

FIM Releases 2012 e Power Championship Calendar Mission Motors Laguna Seca corkscrew 635x422

The FIM has released its 2012 calendar for the e-Power Championship, the motorcycle racing authority’s electric racing series. Disappointingly, though perhaps not surprising, the five-stop schedule is very Euro-centric, with only the Laguna Seca breaking the e-Power Championship out of the Europe. Similar to last year, e-Power will piggyback off other FIM events, and will share its race weekends with the FIM Endurance World Championship, FIM Sidecar World Championship, and MotoGP.

Finding a way to justify double-dipping in France, at the start and end of the series, there was hope that the FIM would bring more events to the US for 2012, especially considering how many potent projects are underway in the United States, especially on the west coast. With two MotoGP opportunities and one World Superbike stop in 2012, it is a shame that the FIM did not add another event at either Indianapolis or Miller Motorsports Park for the e-Power Championship.

While each of those tracks has its own unique challenges (one could even say that Laguna Seca is too rigorous of a course for electric motorcycles), the value of bringing more electric motorcycle races to premier events and venues in the United States is paramount to the fledgling sport’s success. If there is one thing we have learned from last year’s TTXGP calendar, it is that there needs to be a considerable justification in exposure and prestige in order to make trekking around the globe a worthwhile endeavor for these small-budget racing efforts. Racing series that choose to ignore this fact, do so at their peril.

2012 FIM e-Power Championship Calendar:

DateVenueCountry
April 14thMagny-CoursFrance
June 10thHungaroringHungary
July 29thMazda Raceway Laguna SecaCalifornia, USA
August 11thOscherslebenGermany
September 8thLe MansFrance

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Comment:

  1. Westward says:

    Hey, it’s that “Guy” from MotoGP…!

  2. Dr. Gellar says:

    It’s too bad… If all the powers that be worked together, you could have a pretty killer spring/summer schedule for a 2012 e-bike roadracing season in North America. For example:

    May 6 AMA Superbike (Infineon)
    May 28 WSBK (Miller)
    July 29 MotoGP (Laguna Seca)
    Aug 19 MotoGP (Indianapolis)

    Of course, you gotta throw in the IOM TT Zero on June 6 as well, as it is still arguably the biggest e-bike race of the year. Any additional races before or after (especially after) could be considered icing on the cake.

  3. What surprises me the most about the FIM is the number of races. I understand the TTXGP, they are new to the scene and have stumbled a bit and have yet to prove themselves. But it’s the FIM.

    But how surprising is the Euro-centric calender? All of the FIM series are known to be that way. They work very hard at spreading the series around and making them true World series, but really no one but Europeans privateers and factories are willing to spend the money to travel the world motorcycle racing. Name one non European based non-factory team in MotoGP or WSBK or even Moto2 and WSS. American teams won’t do it and I don’t see any Asian teams doing it. Why should electric racing be any different? The TTXGP set-up is the closest I have seen to someone actually addressing the disconnect between the US and Australian (and eventually Asian) racing and the European racing. On the other hand Micheal Czysz put it to me like this at Miller this past September. He said that he felt the FIM’s set up was better as he felt the racing should be done right now by people who can afford it. It’s a good point. I don’t happen to agree with it, but then again I am not even a 1/100th as successful as he is.

  4. johnc says:

    does the calendar include a battery pack?