2013 FIM eRoadRacing World Cup Finale Cancelled

11/22/2013 @ 8:11 am, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS


Did you enjoy all our FIM eRoadRacing World Cup coverage this year? No, you didn’t miss our postings, because we didn’t mention any of the rounds on A&R. You see, it is hard to get excited about the newly minted eRoadRacing World Cup, which in the United States has been dominated by a single brand, Brammo.

While the Isle of Man’s TT Zero event continues to make headway, both in competitive entries and close racing, the newly merged racing efforts from the previously competing FIM and TTXGP series has foundered — even in its new cooperative form.

At the center of the problem is probably a variety of issues: too much too soon, not enough commitment from OEMs, and a poor racing spectacle, which is why this week’s latest news on the e-racing front is a bit of a disappointment as well: the 2013 FIM eRoadRacing World Cup finale has been cancelled.

You won’t find that fact mentioned in the series’ press release though. Instead, Ho Chi Fung and Eric Bostrom, of Zongshen and Brammo, have respectively been crowned the European and American World Cup winners.

With the American World Cup seeing only two of its three rounds actually run, the picture being painted here isn’t appealing. This year was supposed to be a development season for eRoadRacing, with 2014 seeing the series bumped to championship status, with six races over three continents. However, one has to wonder if that plan is still in place after seeing the poor response from the 2013 season.

To its credit, the FIM eRoadRacing World Cup races were held as support classes at popular FIM events, with the American series being at two MotoGP Championship rounds, and the European series at two Endurance World Championship rounds.

The potential is there though. Good venues, intriguing technology, and a list of brands like Lightning, Mission, and Mugen could all come together for some proper racing. We won’t be holding our breath though. It is a shame because without more OEM involvement, fuller grids, and more competitive machines, 2014 could be an even tougher year to not watch electric motorcycle racing.

Source: TTXGP

  • Jeremiah

    Actually, it was originally supposed to be 4 races plus the World Final this past year, not 3. So essentially, they dropped the ball on 3 races of the season.

  • nick

    did you mean “finale cancelled” or “finally cancelled”?

  • Steve

    Looks like Jensen’s spellcheck also decided not to show up. Can’t wait to see his racing series “Intergalactic Keyboard Racers TT: The race to end grammar.”

  • Finale. There was supposed to be a season-ending finale race in India that would define who won the World Cup.

  • Jeremiah

    Actually, finally cancelled would have worked as well. We all knew it wasn’t going to happen, but they never officially cancelled it. Just kept postponing and giving “maybe this will happen0.” So it is nice to “finally” get it cancelled. ha ha

  • I do like my double entendres. ;)

  • Aaron Alva Cash

    Wasn’t a WSBK round in India cancelled this year because of import fees? Most likely this had a big factor in the eroadracing championship finale not being run.

  • Matthew Caruso

    I was at the Indy round and it was quite boring. It was like watching moto3, moto2, and motogp classes all in one , in a bad way! You new after practice one who was going to win the race! I just think they jumped the gun to get a series going that needed some more tailoring before release!

  • kevin

    bring it back in a hundred years maybe then I WILL GIVE A SHIT!

  • Woodlandrider

    Its just not interesting to watch – and that’s from someone who is into electric bike stuff in a big way. Its not the lack of noise either – MotoGP can be a boring procession on occasions. You need a full grid, tight racing and a few characters involved – then it might be worth a shot. I think there are plenty of companies out there who could be encouraged to enter but there needs to be a better sales job on the part of the race organisers.