TTXGP & FIM Holding Three Joint Electric Races – Laguna Seca, Donington Park, & Le Mans

05/09/2011 @ 9:26 am, by Jensen Beeler2 COMMENTS

TTXGP & FIM Holding Three Joint Electric Races   Laguna Seca, Donington Park, & Le Mans Shawn Higbee Zero TTXGP Infineon 635x411

The FIM and TTXGP have issued a joint statement today, declaring that the two rival electric racing series would collaborate on three races this season, plus the possibility of a season-capping championship race in October. As we broke the news a couple months ago, the two series have begun to patch-up their relationship, and are slowly working their way back into a merger.

Today’s announcement sees TTXGP adding its name to perhaps the FIM e-Power Championship’s crown jewel event: the Laguna Seca round, which will count towards the TTXGP’s North American Championship.

Other event collaborations include stops on the FIM e-Power calendar as well, as both Donington Park and Le Mans have been named in the press release. e-Power races to be held at those venues were to be run during the FIM Endurance World Championship, and now will include TTXGP riders as well, who will be receiving points towards their European Championship standings.

The announcement should mean the bolstering of riders at all the events, but we imagine it will affect the FIM’s European rounds the most, as the American race was well-attended last year.

Both parties are not saying much about the collaboration, simply stating that “in a spirit of collaboration and with the common goal of promoting electric clean emission racing, the FIM and the TTXGP have agreed to combine both series across three rounds of their respective championships; 2011 FIM e-Power International Championship and the TTXGP World Series 2011.”

The joint events will be:

July 23-24th -  Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (USA) – FIM MotoGP WC
August 20-21st - Donington Park (GBR) – Qtel FIM Endurance WC & FIM WC Sidecars
September 24-25th - Le Mans (FRA) 24 Hours of Le Mans – Qtel FIM Endurance WC

Source: TTXGP; Photo: Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

Comment:

  1. It would be great to see the two organizing bodies assist top-ranked teams with travel costs, too, which would effectively create a three-race ‘World Series.’ Right now, with viable electric race bikes so thinly scattered across the globe, it would speed development to ensure that all the best compete against all the best.

  2. Dr. Gellar says:

    I really hope that the Laguna Seca round turns out to be the one big annual electric racing event in North America where all the big American teams attend: MotoCzysz, Lightning, Mission, Brammo, and any others I may have missed. That would be really exciting, especially if any of these teams follow Lightning’s lead and enter two rider squads. And to get the best Europe and other countries have to offer to also attend, well..that certainly would make it just that much better. To me, there is no bigger or better stage to show off the best of electric road-racing than in front of the MotoGP circus. The electric race may not have gotten much respect from the majority of fans in attendance last year, but I believe that will change in the future once these machines start turning laps times more on par with…say, the fastest Daytona Sportbike-class bikes, or faster…