Laguna Seca ePower/TTXGP Report | Part Two

Although Mission’s glorious debut eclipsed the performance of all the other teams, here is how the rest of the field fared. eCRP’s featherweight 8.8KwH machines fared quite well against the considerably more powerful leaders ahead of them.

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ePower/TTXGP Race Report | Laguna Seca 2011

Mission Motors took an easy first place over MotoCzysz, but Michael Czysz was the first to admit it’s him, not the bike. Only one year later, the electric motorcycles are all running about 10 seconds faster than before. Czysz was able to drop a few seconds, but not enough to compete against AMA Pro racer Steve Rapp.

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Photo Gallery | Friday | ePower/TTXGP

The first practice session was uneventful for most, but Thad Wolff’s Moto Electra motor caught fire, forcing him to ride into the gravel at Turn 4. Another bike that was on fire, but in a good way, was the Mission R. Because this is a brand-new bike which had yet to turn a wheel, many people had been doubtful of its potential.

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Laguna Seca Hosts First ePower/TTXGP Combined Race Sunday

The excitement is building as teams fill the paddock today. TTXGP has just released the official entry list, with nine bikes entered in the premier class and three in the TTX75. Already the electric bikes are turning heads and sparking curiosity among the MotoGP and AMA race teams.

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Catching up with MotoCzysz Racer Mark Miller

After watching Charge, I wanted to meet the man who had brought the MotoCzsys e1pc to victory in 2010 and second place (only behind Czysz’s newer model) in 2011. Mark Miller made his start in AMA Superbike racing, and made his Isle of Man TT debut in 2006, placing 11th and completing a 125+ mph lap in his first year. The lap record for Isle of Man in the senior category (all 1,000cc motorcycles) is 131mph average speed over the 38 mile course. This is a race that only the best of the best are invited to compete in, as it can turn formidable men into shivering boys.

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eCRP Wants Your Help Designing An Electric Superbike

Electric superbike manufacturer eCRP has just launched Next Gen Superbike where you can tell them exactly how you’d like your electric motorcycle. Specific iPhone apps? Plenty of Chrome? Perhaps a Flux Capacitor? Whatever it is, they want your specific input on ideas for accessories to make your electric riding experience even better.

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Living the TTXGP Dream | Volt Motorcycles

Eland Eggers and Loren Crotty began electrifying a 2001 Yamaha R1 in 2008. (more history here) They competed in the 2010 TTXGP at Infineon, but were unable to complete the race, as their bike overheated. Volt returned in 2011 and won the TTX75, setting the lap record at 2:09. What I love most about their story is that Eland was able to secure a job at Zero Motorcycles as a result of his work in developing the Volt, and perseverance. This year, he had a little help from his boss, Zero’s Director of EE and veteran racer Kenyon Kluge. Kenyon rode the bike to the win and helped with the development.

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