The FIM has cut Doha and Assen from it’s e-Power electric motorcycle racing program’s list of 6 race venues. Keeping with e-Power tradition, FIM gave no reason for the decision. FIM claims interest from teams is high but it appears it’s not high enough to support six races in 2010.
In only about 6 months, the electric motorcycle racing world went from one high profile race in 2009 at the Isle Of Man, to three competing organizations and an abundance of high profile of venues. Three crowns are up for the taking and it appears there is not enough incentive or teams to fight for all of them. In racing, the value of the crown is usually measured by the caliber of teams fighting for it.
It is inevitable that one crown will be the most coveted. With no officially announced entries it seems e-Power would be the least desirable but it is still too early to tell. Very few teams have signed on to any of the series other than TTXGP and it is unclear if they are exclusive to that series. To increase interest in e-Power the FIM has offered €1000 ($1350) for each rider in each race of the e-Power Championship.
Further complicating the decision of what series to race, TT Zero will be held the same week as the second stop of the North American TTXGP at Road America. This scheduling conflict makes competing in both events near impossible without multiple bikes, riders and support teams.
Today MotoCzysz, one of last year’s top Isle Of Man electric hopefuls confirmed participation in TT Zero for 2010. This is a big win for the Isle Of Man TT who is running the event and the Isle of Man’s Department of Lesure and Tourism who is promoting the event.