Tonight’s qualifying practice showed marked improvements for all eRoadRacing competitors, especially Electric Cowboy Racing’s Brandon Miller who gained 10 seconds over yesterday’s practice. Below are the timing sheets for your analysis. As you can see, the entire field improved dramatically. The sessions both went smoothly, with no crashes. Because all racers qualified, we’ll see a full grid of 8 racers tomorrow. Although there was talk about there being production and modified classes, there is only one class for eRoadRacing in 2013, despite it being a rather unlevel playing field between certain modified bikes and all the production bikes. It’s not just the factory Brammo’s that are faster, it’s also their pilots. Eric Bostrom and Shane Turpin have excellent pedigrees in AMA racing as well. Ted Rich and Shelina Moreda are also experienced AMA racers, but their bikes just don’t have the power of the Brammo Empulse RR’s.
I walked through the paddock after and interviewed the racers about their improvements. Most had made some suspension improvements, Brammo racers Bostrom and Moreda spoke of adjustments they’d made to their regen. With electric motorcycles, the regeneration you get while rolling off the throttle not only helps to extend range, it’s also a great tool for racers. Having the motor slow you down instead of the brakes allows for a smoother transition from fast to slow, and makes it possible to turn in earlier.
I spoke with Brammo’s head engineer Brian Wismann about the difference between the TTX and the R. Below are some of the upgrades that set the TTX (Moreda’s bike) apart from the R:
- The charger is off board, saving weight
- Fully adjustable triple clamps
- Racing wheels, full carbon fiber body work to save weight
- Ohlins suspension
- Upgrade in heat current delivered from the Sevcon size 6 controller
Tomorrow’s race is at 9AM sharp, as long as the fog isn’t too thick to ride through. Monday I’ll have some audio clips of the interviews I’ve done and will do tomorrow.