Earlier this year at the annual time trials at the famed Isle of Man, the inaugural TTXGP electric motorcycle race proved that battery-powered bikes can be just as entertaining and exciting as their gasoline-swilling and emissions-spewing siblings. Not quite as fast, of course, but still a thrill over the 38-mile winding race course through the mountains.
Now, the event organizers are looking to bring the excitement of electric motorcycle racing to the United States. The first real competition has been scheduled from May 14th through 16th of 2010 and will take place at Infineon Raceway in California. That location strikes us as a good idea as a number of TTXGP participants hail from the West Coast, including Mission Motors, MotoCzysz, Brammo and Electric Motorsport.
In addition to the aforementioned teams, we also hope to see participation from new entrants using the newly-available Mavizen TTX02 platform, which was just officially unveiled at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Hit the jump for the official press release.
[Source: Infineon Raceway]
2010 AMA Pro Event At Infineon Raceway Will Include TTXGP For Electric Motorcycles
SONOMA, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2009) - Time Trial eXtreme Grand Prix and Infineon Raceway have announced an alliance that will see the Sonoma road course serve as host site of the first-ever zero carbon motorcycle race in the United States.
Building on the success of the TTXGP Zero Carbon Clean Emission event for electric motorcycles held at the Isle of Man TT in Europe in June, Infineon Raceway will make history as the host of the first TTXGP race on American soil.
The TTXGP U.S. Championships will be held May 14-16, 2010, as part of the raceway's AMA Motorcycle Sonoma Showdown weekend. The weekend will also feature the best in AMA Pro Road Racing, including American Superbike and Daytona Sportbike, as well as Supermoto. The TTXGP U.S. Championships will add to the weekend's festival-type feel.
"When it comes to development of zero carbon motorcycles, Northern California is the center of the industry, so it makes perfect sense that Infineon Raceway should host the first event in this historic new series," said Steve Page, president and general manager of Infineon Raceway. "This will be a terrific addition to our two-wheel racing lineup next May."
Azhar Hussain, founder of TTXGP, is excited at bringing the first TTXGP zero carbon motorcycle race to the United States.
"With the success of the TTXGP on the Isle of Man, we have shown that zero carbon technology is ready to deliver the thrills and passion for both spectators and riders," he said. "In partnership with Infineon Raceway, we are taking the next step and proud to be pushing new frontiers in motor-sports technology both on and off the track. We invite the best and the brightest in the world to join us at Infineon Raceway for the dawning of the next generation of motor sports in the United States."
The TTXGP U.S. Championship will provide an international platform for the development of electric motorcycles, enabling the futuristic technology behind them to be tested in an exciting and challenging way. TTXGP aims to drive low carbon technological innovation forward, to demonstrate that clean-emission transport technologies have matured and can be fun, fast and exciting.
TTXGP, the world's first low-carbon sanctioned motorsport event, was held on the Isle of Man TT course on June 12, 2009 as part of the traditional TT race programme. 16 motorbikes from six different countries, including the USA, India, Germany, Austria, UK and the Isle of Man took part in the race.