The TTXGP North America and Australian series finished up last weekend with Team Icon Brammo riders winning both the race and the championship in the northern hemisphere, and Team Catavolt grabbing the glory Down Under.

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.





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PRESS RELEASE


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."

About Brammo
Brammo, Inc., is a leading electric vehicle technology company headquartered in North America. Brammo designs and develops electric vehicles including the Encite™, Enertia™, Empulse™ and Engage™ motorcycles. Brammo is the current TTXGP eGrandPrix champion of North America. Brammo is an OEM supplier of its innovative Brammo Digital Drivetrain™ systems including the Brammo Power™ battery pack and Brammo Power™ vehicle management system. Brammo has vehicle distribution and marketing operations in North America, Europe and Asia. To learn more, visit www.Brammo.com


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      tgintz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Congrats to everyone. This race series has been a blast to watch from the TTXGP at the IOM and eGrandPrix at Mid-Ohio in 2009 to where we are today. Congrats to Brammo and Catavolt for their success, but also to Ripperton who's worked really hard on his bike and shared so much with the community and to the VT Bolt team (my alma mater) who's worked so hard during their first year out and also to the Zero riders this year. It's too bad that Lightning couldn't make it, I've been looking forward to seeing their bike race again since I saw them in Virginia a few years back.
        Domenick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tgintz
        Regarding Lightning: Looks like they have a new rider. Hope they bring him to Daytona. https://twitter.com/closedEVcircuit/status/243760169580888064
      PR
      • 2 Years Ago
      "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." ^^^ That is crazy! Here the Miller East track times they are quoting: http://www.cycleworld.com/2012/08/03/2012-superbike-shootout-by-the-numbers/2/ BMW S1000RR 1:40.93 Honda CBR1000RR 1:40.74 Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:41.57 Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:41.22 Yamaha YZF-R1 1:41.84 Sure, this is comparing EV pure race bikes ridden by a pro to gasser street bikes ridden by Cycle World test riders, but more than 2 seconds faster is still very impressive.
      Spiffster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its Bostrom not "Bostrum". Anyway, got to meet these guys at Miller this last weekend. Super cool, very friendly people. The bikes are insane and much louder in person than I imagined they would be. I posted a video clip on youtube and over at brammoforum.com. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oon6IFqx_dQ
        Spiffster
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        Fixed I see... glad I could help. :-)
          Domenick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spiffster
          Thanks for that. (I'd of thanked you sooner, but I fixed it and rushed out the door for a bit.)
          Spiffster
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spiffster
          LOL, no problem, just giving you a hard time. My initial thought was that I had been spelling his name wrong all this time... thanks google.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice to see our championship being covered (Australia that is). More photos on my Flickr account.