While it was Eric Bostrom who won the race at Miller Motorsports Park, it was his team mate Steve Altas who handed the Brammo team their second consecutive championship victory. Bostrom, who also had the fastest lap with a 1:38.480 – on the east track as opposed to last year's west track event – proved he is a quick learner, getting the top result in his second race on an electric bike.
With Team Barracuda Lightning forgoing the event in favor of the upcoming joint FIM ePower/TTXGP Euro race at Le Mans, the door was left open for K Squared Racing's Kenyon Kluge to demonstrate that consistency and reliability can yield great results, as he used his eSuperstock class Zero S machine's 4th-place finish to propel himself to second place overall for the season.
Aboard the TTX75-class Virginia Tech Bolt, Matt Kent finished third in the contest, with a matching position in the North American Championship standings. The university team hopes to improve on that next year, returning with a new, faster machine in the "open" class.
While the North American TTXGP has had more participation than its Australian eFXC/TTXGP counterpart, the competition on the island continent has been fascinating to follow. Only two-entries strong, the races have been closely contested, despite a contrasting technology approach – the Catavolt uses a custom dual EnerTrac in-wheel motor setup, while the Ripperton R1 Electric Superbike uses a modified liquid-cooled AC motor from Motenergy nestled in the frame.
The Catavolt, with rider Jason Morris in the saddle, won the final race to tie Daniel Ripperton for points in the championship. The result required some amount of calculation of previous margins of victory before awarding the top spot to Morris. The team's reward for sticking it out through the challenges of the past two seasons could be more than just something to stick in the trophy cabinet: the 2013 edition may feature at least five more competitors.
While we wait for the TTXGP World Championship in Daytona to roll around, scroll down for a video of Brammo's oficial press release and post-race dual celebratory smoke show, as well as interview footage taken after the end of the previous race in Australia.
Team Icon Brammo Takes First and Second Place at TTXGP North American Championship Race
Team Icon Brammo's defending 2011 champion, Steve Atlas, takes second place in the 2012 TTXGP North American Championship Race.
ASHLAND, Ore., Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- This Labor Day weekend was anything but tranquil for Team Icon Brammo. The team's newest addition, legendary superbike racer and former AMA champion, Eric Bostrom, took first place at the TTXGP North American Championship race at Utah's Miller Motorsports Park. The team's defending 2011 champion, Steve Atlas, took second in the race as well as the TTXGP North American Championship 2012 title for leading the season in points.
Race fans were wowed by Bostrom's record lap of 1:38.4, which was quicker than all the 2012 superbikes tested at the track months earlier by CycleWorld magazine. This time was faster than all but one of the gasoline-powered bikes racing at the track this past weekend in the AHMRA race series.
With the points scored, Brammo finished the season with an Atlas win of the Rider's Championship, by Atlas, as well as the Team/Constructor's Championship, a difficult feat to achieve in any race series. This feat is made all the more impressive by a relatively rocky start to the season with two crashes at the opening round at Infineon Raceway resulting in a back injury to defending TTXGP champion Steve Atlas and a broken wrist for AMA Superbike stand-out Steve Rapp.
Team Manager, Brian Wismann, commented on the win, "Team Icon Brammo are exceedingly happy with this storybook ending to a season that began as a nightmare with the double crashes at Infineon (Sonoma). This team deserves every bit of the satisfaction of a double-podium and consecutive national championship having put in an incredible effort to get the bikes working well for these two talented riders. We're just now hitting our stride and Daytona can't come fast enough!"
While this race marks the end of the North American TTXGP season, there is still the combined TTXGP and FIM ePower World Final in October, which will be held in the US for the first time at Daytona International Speedway. Brammo expects to see the toughest competition yet at this event, as all riders and teams will be vying for the title of "2012 World Champion."
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