In a somewhat provocative statement, Chip Yates has ruled out Swigz Pro Racing competing in the 2011 TTXGP series. Citing a new rule change that reduces the allowable weight in the Formula GP class to 250 kilograms (551.2 lbs), the racer says they have "lost the desire to participate" in the series. Their 194 horsepower monster weighs in at approximately 585 lbs.
So what's the provocative part? We think the statement that there is a conflict of interest present because the principal player behind the TTXGP is also the head of Mavizen, a bike supplier to the series whose machines are already within the revised weight limit, falls within that category. The TTXGP, as you can imagine, disagrees with this assessment and has its own statement about the decision. You can find both the original press release and response after the break.
The development has ignited discussion among followers of electric motorcycle racing about the wisdom of having an upper weight limit. While the organization argues that reducing mass will push teams to increase efficiency and produce technology with more real-world applications, others contend weight is naturally self-regulating and doesn't require rule changes to accomplish. Feel free to give us your opinions in the comments section below.