Interview with FIM's Charles Hennekam on Electric Motorcycle Racing

Charles’s job involves taking care of the technical rules for all the disciplines- 50 different championships covering everything from road racing to cross-country rally racing. He is also the Operations Manager for ePower, the FIM’s electric motorcycle racing series. I sat down with him at the Laguna Seca round to find out more about FIM’s interest in electric racing. I saved it until now, because it’s nice to have some racing news in the off-season.

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ePower/TTXGP Post-Race Interview | Eric Bostrom

I had a chance to ask third place finisher and veteran gas but first-time electric racer Eric a few questions about the race, electric bikes, and his plans for 2013. Eric has been competing in the AMA Pro Racing series since 1994, and has a rather impressive racing pedigree. As Steve Atlas said in the press conference, Brammo will find Bostrom’s input invaluable in further development of the Empulse.

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ePower/TTXGP Race Report | Laguna Seca

Michael Barnes led the charge with a drag-race worthy start. Bostrom then Atlas weren’t far behind, although Barnes opened the gap throughout the race. The leading bikes from Barracuda Lightning and Icon Brammo kept fairly consistent times and top speeds at the start/finish line while the Superstock bikes became noticeably slower throughout the race.

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ePower/TTXGP Free Practice Report | Laguna Seca

Due to my inability to patiently read through every line of a fine-print schedule for the weekend’s events, I almost missed today’s Free Practice for the ePower/TTXGP race. Luckily I had to run back to the media center for my sweater, and along the way I spotted one of the Barracuda Lightning bikes heading to the track entrance. So I walked over to pit lane to see what was up.

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A Walk Through the ePower/TTXGP Paddock

It’s Friday morning and some ePower/TTXGP teams are still not here. All of the entries listed but Münch are from the TTXGP US series, Münch races with ePower. This race is a collaboration between the two serie, as last year. Exciting news to race fans are some well-known names joining the lineup this year. AMA veteran pro racer Eric Bostrom will be piloting the Brammo Empulse, and former MotoGP 250GP racer Katja Poengson will join teammate (and team owner) Matthias Himmelmann in piloting the Münch bikes.

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Looking for Some Electrifying Excitement This Weekend?

If you’re anywhere near Monterey, CA, you’re in luck. As a support race for MotoGP, the ePower TTXGP race will be held this Sunday, July 29th at the spectacular Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway. One day tickets are just $70. Read all about last year’s nail-biting finish here and check out some of our coverage from this year’s TT Zero, where some of the very same bikes you’ll see this weekend made history last month.

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