It is going to be epic. The joint TTXGP/FIM ePower International race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend might seem to those in attendance for the Red Bull United States Grand Prix MotoGP an oddly quiet sideshow to what's considered to be the Formula One series of motorcycle racing. For those who've been paying attention to the evolution of the electrics though, this event matches up the battery bikes that they've been (impatiently) waiting to see compete on the same track at the same time.

For the participants, bragging rights may very well translate into business success so the stakes are high in that regard. The TTXGP and FIM organizers must also be hoping the event – the first of several that could lead to the unification of the two series – sparks greater interest from other manufacturers and help grow the sport.

So who's going to be there? For starters, last year's ePower Laguna Seca winner Michael Czysz will be piloting the latest iteration of his Isle of Man-conquering MotoCzysz E1pc. Add to that the very beautiful race-grid virgin Mission R from Mission Motors that Steve Rapp rode to a record lap time on this very track a couple weeks ago. Then there's last year's North American TTXGP champs Lightning Motors with rider Michael Barnes on their brand new machine as well as Michael Hannas on another Lightning bike in the TTX75 division.

Brammo pilot Steve Atlas, with a TTXGP North America win already under his belt, will resume his role on the Brammo Empulse RR while the Norton-inspired head-turner from MotoElectra will have Thad Wolff back in the saddle. Last year's TTXGP world champions Münch Racing from Germany, hot off a win at TTXGP Euro's Spa Francorchamps event will be strong with Matthias Himmelmann aboard while their constant rivals CRP Racing will field two of their eCRP 1.4 machines with Alessandro Brannetti on one and California girl Shelina Moreda on the other. Representing for Spain, Marcellino Manzano with LGN Racing are something of an unknown quantity.

Throw in Ely Schless of ProtoMoto Racing and K Squared Racing's Kenyon Kluge on his modified Zero S in the TTX75 division and you've got yourself a race my friends! Luckily for you (and us!) we've got tickets so we'll let you know how it all turns out.

[Source: TTXGP]

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