Monday, 18 November 2013

Ho Chi Fung & Eric Bostrom Win FIM eRoad Racing World Cup

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TTXGP are delighted to announce Ho Chi Fung and Eric Bostrom as the first-ever FIM eRoad Racing World Cup winners.

Bostrom rode his Team Icon Brammo motorcycle to first place in the North American Series while Chi Fung piloted the AC-motored Zongshen bike to victory in Europe.

The 2013 FIM eRoad Racing series saw records broken on both continents with new race-lap records set in Laguna Seca, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Valencia, Oschersleben and Le Mans. In North America, Bostrom’s win at Laguna put him ahead in the series from the first race while Chi Fung dominated the European series with three first-place finishes.

The North American winners’ teammates also took second in each series after Shane Turpin’s win with Brammo at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in North America and Su Rong Zai’s consistent podium places in Europe.

Eric Bostrom, FIM eRoad Racing North American Cup winner 2013, said: ‘The development we have seen in these bikes year-on-year is just amazing. It has been a real pleasure racing in the series with Brammo, the team have been fantastic and Shane was very fast as well. Now I can’t wait to see how the bikes will perform in 2014 because I want a world championship!’

Brian Wismann, Brammo Team Manager, added: ‘Team Icon Brammo is proud to take home a third North American winner and continue our reign as World Champions through to the 2014 season. Congratulations to Eric Bostrom as he’s definitely put in the effort to deserve this award. We wish we would have had a bit more competition but it didn’t stop us from continuing to develop the bikes into more formidable race machines and achieving our technical goals. We’re looking forward to seeing who steps up to challenge the Empulse RR in 2014.’

Ho Chi Fung, FIM eRoad Racing European Cup winner 2013, said: ‘This has been a great season for electric motorcycles and it’s an honour to be crowned European Series winner. I want to say thank you to all the team who all put in so much effort to make this happen. Now we’re looking forward to improving the bike ahead of next season. We want to win this championship again.’

Daniel Chung, Zongshen Team Manager, added: ‘We’re obviously very happy with our season, we have seen a lot of developments with the AC-motored machine and it has been a real learning curve. Now we want to take want we have found into next season and keep developing these bikes to become the fastest out there.’

FIM eRoad Racing: FIM eRoad Racing is the evolution of TTXGP and FIM E-Power. It is officially sanctioned by the global governing body and promoted by TTXGP. FIM eRoad Racing offers a platforms for teams to consistently pushing the boundaries of electric vehicles and the development of this technology.

Brammo, Inc., is a leading electric vehicle technology company headquartered in North America. Brammo designs and develops electric vehicles including the award-winning Enertia and Empulse motorcycles. 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.

China-based Zongshen produce more than six million vehicles a year, one million of which are motorcycles. Through AOS Racing, Zongshen is committed to pushing technology forward under the most extreme racing conditions in order to provide next-generation technology in their road bikes.


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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Yoshimura Suzuki's Martin Cardenas Wraps Up 3rd @ Laguna

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Monterey, California (September 29, 2013) – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Martin Cardenas finished up the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Championship season in an impressive third overall after the season-ending round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, this past weekend. This was the second AMA Pro Superbike round held at Laguna Seca this year and the riders shared the paddock with the visiting World Superbike Series. As a result, AMA Pro riders had limited track time and participated in only one Superbike race instead of the usual two.

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Martin Cardenas
The 23-lap race on Sunday saw Cardenas get a great start on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. Running in second place and battling for the lead, Cardenas was pushing hard and went down on the second lap. Despite his premature end to the day, Cardenas still celebrated a solid 2013 season. En route to finishing third overall in AMA Pro Superbike, Cardenas won two races and finished on the podium an additional nine times.

“It’s been a great season overall,” said Cardenas. “I was able to put the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 on the podium at almost every race this year. This weekend was good but in the race I pushed a little too hard to get at the front, but these things happen. But it’s been a pretty good year. I would like to have been a little bit better, but I know I did all I could do. I want to thank the Yoshimura Suzuki team for all their hard work and overall I’m happy with the season, for myself and for the team.”

Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Chris Clark also started out strong at Laguna Seca, running in the top five on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. Unfortunately, Clark also suffered a get-off while battling for position in Sunday’s race. The Suzuki rider wound up finishing the 2013 season in 13th place and with three top-10 finishes for the year.

“It was a rough season,” said Clark. “We started out really strong at Daytona and then about mid-season, I had some personal issues with my health. It seemed like I was finally starting to get my rhythm back and the season is over. I have to thank the Yoshimura Suzuki team for all their support and dedication through the season.”

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Sunday, 22 September 2013

Ho Chi Fung Claims Le Mans eRoadRacing Victory

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Ho Chi Fung now leads the European Championship after taking first place in Le Mans today, while Sam West and Rhalf Lo Turco took second and third respectively.


Ho Chi Fung - Zongshen - Le Mans
Chi Fung didn’t have the greatest start and lost his position to West at the first corner but it wasn’t long before his AC-motored machine put him back in front.

The real competition was for second place, as Lo Turco and West battled it out throughout the duration of the eight-lap contest.


‘Ho Chi Fung walked away with the race, he has a very fast bike, but I had a lot of fun,’ reported West.

‘Rhalf was pushing me all the way. I lost track of how many times we passed each other in one lap, it was back and forth. He would take me at one corner, I’d have him at the next and then he’d be back in front. It was great fun,’ added West.

Chi Fung’s team mate Su Rong Zai, who was leading the European Championship going into the race, failed to finish after low-si- Zongshending early on in the contest. That means Chi Fung is now at the top of the European table.

‘It was a really good race but when I came off in Valencia, it allowed Su to take the lead in the championship. Now everything has evened out after he came off today, but it’s not just about winning, it’s about developing a fast and efficient bike,’ said Chi Fung.

Despite Rong Zai’s failure to finish, Zongshen still had two bikes in the winners’ paddock after Lo Turco swapped teams after damaging his bike during Thursday’s practice.

In order to ensure he was able to put in a competitive time during Q1, Lo Turco accepted an offer from Zongshen to race on one of their spare bikes. It was a decision which paid dividends.

‘I am a racer and I want to get on the podium, that’s what it is all about,’ said Lo Turco.

‘It was one of the best races I have done this year; myself and Sam had a great dice. It was like going back to our roots again in club racing, and on an electric bike!

‘We tried to preserve the power of the bike during the first few laps but as the race went on, I thought that if I kept inside Sam’s slip stream I would use less energy and try and take him later in the race.

‘So we passed each other a few times but Sam took second in the end. It was a fantastic race though; I had a lot of fun and can’t wait to get out there again.’

At the back, Chris Foster put in a valiant performance on his Renegade Z bike, which was slower than the rest of the competition, to produce a fourth-place finish in front of Le Mans veteran Philippe Monneret.

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

FIM eRoad Racing World Cup @ Le Mans Friday 20 September

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The FIM eRoad Racing World Cup will continue at one of the most historic race tracks in the world when Le Mans hosts the series on Friday 20 September.

The ground-breaking FIM eRoad Racing World Cup will complete its European series at Le Mans as teams from across the continent compete for a place in the world final, where they will join triumphant teams from the USA.

Su Rong Zai - China - Zongshen
Frédéric Lénart, CEO of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, said: ‘The Automobile Club de l'Ouest has been a vehicle for progressing mobility, especially in endurance events, since 1923 with the creation of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That is why, since 2010, we have been delighted to welcome electric motorcycle racing for the 24 Hours Moto. The FIM eRoad Racing World Cup competition is in line with sustainable development and provides the public with intense racing at a high level, which fits perfectly with the philosophy of our club.’

This will be the third time Le Mans has presented electric motorcycle racing to the world. Previous meetings at the circuit saw European teams compete in 2010, 2011 and 2012. FIM eRoad Racing is part of the 24 Heures Moto’s meeting taking place between Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September.

Ho Chi Fung - China - Zongshen
FIM eRoadRacing is the world’s premier electric motorsport series officially sanctioned by the FIM, the worldwide governing body of motorcycle racing, and includes seven races across three continents.

Su Rong Zai currently leads the European Championship with China-based team Zongshen on 61 points, while team mate Ho Chi Fung sits in second place with 50 points.

TTXGP are the official promoters of the FIM eRoadRacing World Cup. From 2014, FIM eRoadRacing will follow a World Championship, with every team competing on each continent for a chance to be crowned world champions.

FIM eRoadRacing is the evolution of TTXGP and FIM E-Power. It is officially sanctioned by the global governing body and combines races across three continents.

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing Double New Jersey Podium

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Millville, New Jersey - September 16, 2013 – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing continues to rack up impressive podium finishes as the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Championship season draws to a climactic close. This last two days’ double-header race weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ, saw Yoshimura Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas race his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 to two third-place finishes at the penultimate round of AMA Pro Superbike. So far this year, Cardenas has visited the podium at 11 out of 13 races. Turning in a tremendous ride in Saturday’s Superbike race, Cardenas got a good start on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and led the first several laps before a red flag was thrown when a rider’s bike leaked oil on the track. After a lengthy delay, the race was restarted and Cardenas battled for the win for the remainder of the race before finishing third. On Sunday, Cardenas again got a good launch and then fought long and hard for his second third-place finish of the weekend.

Martin Cardenas @ Millville, New Jersey
“This was a very long and tough race weekend,” said Cardenas. “On Sunday, I got a good start but I got passed by a couple of riders and they were a little faster than me. Then a few other riders tried to pass me and I fought back, but the leaders got away. I tried to close the gap as hard as I could and it started coming down, little by little. On the last lap, I tried to take over second but it didn’t work out, so I settled for third. Overall, the race was good and I’m very happy with the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. The bike worked great this weekend and I look forward to finishing the season with a little bit better result at Laguna Seca.”

Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Chris Clark also turned in a solid performance in Saturday’s race. Prior to the red flag, Clark got a good start on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and ran in the top 10 until the race was delayed. Afterward, Clark struggled some and finished 14th. On Sunday, Clark again got off the line with the top 10 and then went on to finish 13th.


Chris Clark @ Millville, New Jersey
“It was an interesting weekend,” said Clark. “I felt pretty confident coming into the race. We’ve been slowly chipping away at where we’ve been down. Yesterday, we got a really good start and then there was the fiasco with the oil. On the restart we didn’t have the right set-up to make the tire last. So this morning we made a change that was good for today and I got up to speed pretty quick. Unfortunately, I got a little arm pump but overall I was able to put in a pretty solid race. Now I’m looking forward to Laguna Seca and building on the progress we’ve made so far.”

The Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing team’s next event and the final race of the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Championship series is at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA, the weekend of September 27 - 29, 2013.



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Friday, 6 September 2013

WSBK Superbike Safety Commission! What Safety?

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The FIM, Fédération Internationale de Motociclisme, has issued a press release regarding the Superbike Safety Commission.

ISABELLE LARIVIÈRE - The FIM, together with the FIM Superbike World Championship Race Direction, called a meeting with all World Superbike Riders at Silverstone (United Kingdom), during the ninth Round of the season.

The aim of the meeting was to formalise the intention to create an additional “Superbike Safety Commission” composed by Riders. Those attending were asked to vote for their own representatives, four WSBK Riders plus one WSS Rider. Henceforth, these Riders will represent all the Riders of all series – including the Superstock classes – during meetings, talks and consultations.

At each Round, the Safety Commission will meet to consider proposals for any changes that could be made at the circuit to improve safety, as well as to discuss different aspects and procedures covered by the sporting regulations of the Championship.

The elected Riders’ representatives are: Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK), Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike), Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare) and Roberto Rolfo (ParkinGo MV Agusta Corse) for WSS.

These Riders will join the existing Superbike Safety Commission composed by the Race Direction members: Igor Eskinja - FIM Safety Officer, Gregorio Lavilla - WSBK Sporting Director, Giulio Bardi - Team and Riders representative, Gianfranco Carloia - WSBK Race Director, and Daniel Carrera, WSBK Championship Director. The first meeting of the Superbike Safety Commission was held last weekend during the German round at the Nürburgring in Germany.


Following the oil on track incident which caused Jonathan Rea and Leon Camier to crash out of race two at the Nürburgring - Race Direction has serious questions to answer - those responsible need to do the decent thing - resign! One would have thought an experienced former World Superbike competitor should be in charge of all things safety at WSBK events, the great Carl Fogarty perhaps!

And now for an update on the conditions of the riders involved in crashes during the WSBK round held at Nürburgring in Germany.

Loris Baz is currently recovering at home in France. Baz injured his back in the warm-up accident and, although there was no spinal or neurological damage from the outset, fractured vertebrae were suspected. His medical situation is now more positive and Loris is already on his way to making what is expected to be a full recovery. Based on the situation so far, the team now hopes Loris to be able to get on track in Turkey on September 15th.

"I feel better now only a few days after the crash but I am still in some pain" said Loris Baz. "We should have more news about my recovery at the beginning of next week when I see more specialists, so we will see what they say. But in general it is better than they thought right after the accident, which is really good. Right now we are looking at a physiotherapy regime to be put in place. If everything works out as it should I will go to Turkey and try to race because my back feels much better than it did on Sunday."

Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike) has landed to the Isle of Man after the successful surgery he underwent last Sunday night, for a fractured left femur. The break in his leg bone was a fairly clean one and the Ulsterman is already on crutches.

Jonathan Rea: "I'm feeling OK, considering, but I'm still quite sore in other areas apart from my leg. I flew home this morning [Wed 4 Sept] in a private plane, which was organised by my team manager Ronald ten Kate and Honda, so I'm really, really grateful for that. I've walked a few steps on the leg already and we're planning to start rehab as soon as possible. There's no chance of me missing the birth of our first child now, so Tatia and I are both really excited about that."

Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) is back to Andorra where he's trying to recuperate in order to attend the next round of the Championship at Istanbul. The English rider has some bruises on the back of the neck which hopefully won't preven him to take part in the Turkish Round.

After the high-side of Race 2, One-Event participant Matej Smrz' conditions are considered encouraging, despite the heavy impact. The Czech rider will be on track for the next round of the German Superbike, where he races full-time. "I would like to thank everyone for the opportunity to race in WSBK" said Matej Srmz. "I would never had this chance to win World Championship points. A big shame about the second race, during the last lap I made a mistake and crashed. I fell really hard because of the rear wheel sliding, so the racing weekend ended up in unlucky way, but it doesn't change the fact that I really enjoyed it!"

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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Martin Cardenas Wins Miller Motorsport Superbike Thriller

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Yoshimura Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas takes the win, teammate Chris Clark celebrates top-10 finish at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Martin Cardenas
Tooele, Utah (August 4, 2013) – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Martin Cardenas celebrated his second AMA Pro Superbike victory of the season and moved up a notch in the overall championship points this past weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Cardenas turned in a stellar performance on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 to bring home the win, while teammate Chris Clark picked up one of his better finishes of the season with a ninth-place result. Currently, Cardenas is only 9 points out of the lead in the title chase.

Although Yoshimura Suzuki’s Cardenas struggled a bit at the start of the weekend, he went on to finish with fireworks. On Saturday, the Colombian got a good start on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and turned in a solid ride to finish fourth. On Sunday, Cardenas redoubled his efforts, getting a good start and moving into a podium position almost immediately. As a result, he was in position to capitalize on opportunities and took the win with a few laps to go.

“It was a pretty hard race,” said Cardenas. “On Sunday, we were able to find a little bit better set-up for the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and I was able to go a little faster and ride a little more consistently than on Saturday. The pace was fast but I was able to stay with the leaders, then some things went our way and I was able to get the win. I’m happy for myself and also for the Yoshimura Suzuki team, and I’m looking forward to good results at the last two races.”

Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Clark also wrapped up a solid weekend of racing, bouncing back from some bad luck earlier in the season. On Sunday, Clark put his head down and raced his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 to a respectable ninth place. The day prior, he battled for a top-10 spot for most of the race before bringing home 11th.

“This weekend was a step in the right direction,” said Clark. “We found a setup on the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 that we like and I feel like I’m getting back up to speed. Unfortunately, we found the right setup a little late in the weekend, so I didn’t really have the pace to hold on to the guys in the top five. But I still finished ninth and that’s a really positive direction for the rest of the season. Now, I’m going to work on my fitness so I can come back and get some good results at the last two races of the season.”

The Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing team’s next event of the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Championship series is at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey, the weekend of September 13 - 15, 2013.



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Monday, 22 July 2013

Laguna Seca Superbike Podium For Martin Cardenas

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Martin Cardenas - Suzuki GSX-R1000 - Laguna Seca
Monterey, California, (July 21, 2013) – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Martin Cardenas visited the AMA Pro Superbike podium for the eighth time this season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, this past weekend. Cardenas gave 100% and raced his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 to a well-earned third-place result at the renowned Northern California racetrack. Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Chris Clark bounced back from some recent bad luck and carded a respectable 11th-place result. Because AMA Pro Racing shared the paddock this weekend with the visiting MotoGP series, Yoshimura Suzuki had shorter practice sessions than normal and only one Superbike race instead of the usual two. Both riders made the most of their limited track time, however. For Cardenas, the weekend’s 23-lap race saw him get a good start on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and move into a podium position by the halfway point and hold it until the checkers.

“The Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 was working pretty good from the start,” said Cardenas. “And we improved through the weekend. But the race was very hard from the beginning. I was giving it everything I had and we wound up third and that was it. Now we’re getting ready for Miller, which has been good for me in the past. I like the track layout a lot and I’m looking forward to that race.”

Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Clark struggled a bit at the start of the race but made his way through the field as the event progressed. By the race’s end, Clark had moved up to 11th position. This solid finish marks his best result since the opening round of the season.

“It was a long weekend with MotoGP,” said Clark. “For me, the weekend started slow but got better as things went on. At the same time, we only had one race so it was tough to work through a bunch of stuff on the bike. But we’re on the right track with the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and I feel like I’m improving every weekend. Communication with my crew is getting better and we’re chipping away at it. I’m confident that it’ll all come together and we’ll get some good results as we go into the last few races.”

The Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing team’s next event of the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Championship series is at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, the weekend of August 2 - 4, 2013.

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Sunday, 21 July 2013

Eric Bostrom Leads US Series As Ben Turpin Falters

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Eric Bostrom won the first FIM eRoadRacing round of the US series in Laguna Seca following a shock exit by record-breaking Shane Turpin today.

Despite not finishing the race, Turpin set a new race record lap time of 1’32.581, beating Steve Rapp’s previous 1’33.194.

Eric Bostrom - Laguna Seca
Bostrom took first place during the final lap in a closely-contested race after Turpin suffered bike failure. The victory now means Bostrom leads the US series.

Kenyon Kluge came second on his Zero motorcycle followed by Jeremiah Johnson in third after Shelina Moreda and Ted Rich crashed out at the Corkscrew during lap one. Brandon Miller also crashed out during the first lap. That meant Arthur Kowitz was able to finish fourth on his stock Brammo bike following a fine race from the individual.

‘My heart sank when I saw Shane had a problem,’ said Bostrom. ‘It’s a strange feeling because you obviously want the team to do well but you still want to win too. It is a real shame to win that way but I am still happy to have won.

‘You can see from the lap times that we are going in the right direction and the technology around these bikes is continuing to develop. We were producing speeds of over 140mph on the track, which is just fantastic.’

Second-place Kluge was unaware of Moreda’s exit and admitted to thinking the Brammo rider was hot on his tails during the race. Moreda and Rich’s crash meant Kluge sat comfortably in third until Turpin was forced to retire.

‘Our goal for today was to go and do what we did in qualifying yesterday and be consistent,’ said Kluge. ‘We set up the power so we would have almost identical lap times at the end of the race as we did at the beginning.

‘I knew that a couple of people had fallen but I wasn’t sure if Shelina had fallen or not. She was one of the people I figured I would be racing with. I expected her to be there so I just raced like I had somebody chasing me and it worked.’

Third-place Johnson was certain he had finished fourth and started heading back to the paddock. He was obviously ecstatic with a spot on the podium and is already looking forward to the next round at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday 18 August.

‘We just managed the race. I didn’t ride the bike as fast as I could have because it was about making it last until the end,’ said Johnson.

‘I was hoping to come fourth and actually at the end of the race I thought I was fourth but they told me to turn around and go to the podium, so it was a big surprise for me!

‘I am looking forward to Indianapolis now. It is a fun track and being able to say you are one of the few Americans that have raced a motorbike at Indianapolis is huge.’

Images courtesy of Phil Hawkins and Alex Tang.

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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Martin Cardenas Claims Two Podiums For Yoshimura Suzuki

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Yoshimura Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas brings home two third-place results in AMA Pro Superbike
Martin Cardenas AMA Pro Superbike, Lexington Ohio
Lexington, Ohio (July 14, 2013) – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Martin Cardenas turned in a consistently impressive performance at this weekend’s 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Championships at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH. The Colombian rider raced his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 to two podium finishes on the scenic, rolling course. In Sunday’s race, Cardenas was one of four Suzuki racers celebrating a top-10 finish in the premier class.

This weekend’s double-header saw Yoshimura Suzuki’s Cardenas turn in 100% effort throughout the event. Despite qualifying fifth, Cardenas got good starts on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 in both 21-lap races. On Saturday, he slotted into a podium position almost immediately and ran in second place for most of the race before encountering lapped traffic on the last lap and finishing third. On Sunday, Cardenas manoeuvred through the competition to take over a podium spot halfway through the race and again brought home third.

“Overall this was a good weekend,” said Cardenas. “I’ve struggled at Mid-Ohio in the past, so I was expecting a tough weekend. So to get two podiums for the Yoshimura Suzuki team was really good and it was the best that we could do. The next few races are at tracks that I really like and where I’ve done well, so we’ll keep trying and see what happens.”

Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Chris Clark struggled this weekend but saw improvements as the racing progressed. Although he was unfamiliar with the challenging Mid-Ohio track, Clark gave it his all on Saturday before suffering some bad luck and finishing 14th. On Sunday, he got a good start and ran in the top 10 before retiring from the race early.

“The first race we had a bit of a struggle,” said Clark. “I got a bad start, I had some tire problems, and I ran off track. But you almost can’t get mad at days like that, you just have to write them off and move on to the next one. Sunday, I got a pretty decent start on the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and was running in 10th when I had some issues and had to pull out of the race. But now I’m looking forward to having some success as we go to the tracks that I really like. Our next race is at Laguna and that’s one of my favourite tracks so I’m excited about that race.”

The Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing team’s next event of the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Championship series is at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA, the weekend of July 19 - 21, 2013.


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Sunday, 14 July 2013

FIM eRoadRacing World Cup Valencia Race Results

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FIM eRoadRacing World Cup Valencia Race One: Zongshen Control Podium Following First Valencia Race

Zongshen dominated the first race in Valencia as they secured all three podium places in the four-lap, sprint race.

Hoi Chi Fung led from the grid without being challenged to win first place while a Oscar Pena (pictured) overtook his team mate Su Rong Zai from fourth on the grid after passing third-place Julian Miralles.

The race continued between the two DC-motored Zongshens but Pena eventually beat Rong Zai to second place by 0.3 of a second. Chi Fung won by a clear 17 seconds on his AC-motored Zongshen.

After losing his third-place position to Pena, Miralles battled with Renegade Z team mate Adrian Menchen. Two laps in his lost his position before Menchen dug dig to beat Miralles’ complete race time by four seconds.

Behind the two Renegade Z bikes was Sam West, who lost his fifth place position to Menchen early on. He held on to sixth place until the end, beating seventh-place Harald Gasse by a clear margin.

The Zongshen win means the team now lead the European FIM eRoadRacing World Cup.

The four-lap race took place under the sizzling mid-day heat. Now there will be a four-hour break before the second, eight-lap race begins.

FIM eRoadRacing World Cup Valencia Valencia Round - Race One Results:

1. Hoi Chi Fung (Zongshen)
2. Oscar Pena (Zongshen)
3. Su Rong Zai (Zongshen)
4. Adrian Menchen (Renegade Z)
5. Julian Miralles (Renegade Z)
6. Sam West (Agni Racing)
7. Harald Gasse (Renegade Z)

FIM eRoadRacing World Cup Valencia Race Two: Pena Leads European Series Following Second Valencia Race

Su Rong Zai won the eight-lap race in Valencia today while Oscar Pena finished second; meaning the Spaniard now leads the European FIM eRoadRacing World Cup.

Race-favourite Hoi Chi Fung crashed out on the third corner of the maiden lap, leaving Julian Miralles to lead the first two laps after moving up through the ranks. Rong Zai managed to pass Miralles on the third lap and Adrian Menchen (pictured) over took him during the fourth.

Meanwhile Pena was hot on their tails and soon passed the Renegade bikes during the fifth lap, which took him up to second place.

Sam West struggled with power on his Agni Racing bike and remained in fifth place following Chi Fung’s crash, while Harald Gasse failed to challenge any riders from the back of the grid.

The surprise exit of Zongshen’s AC-motored bike meant a competitive race between the remaining riders. Rong Zai pulled in a fastest lap of 2.02,148 while second-place Pena produced a best time of 2.04,278, which was slower than third-place Menchen’s best lap of 2.04,127.

‘I am really happy to be on the podium, it has been a great experience and the bike has been fantastic,’ said Menchen, ‘I am very pleased with the result. The bikes are very exciting, they have a lot of power and their balance is brilliant.’

The result means Pena now leads the European series with two second-place finishes. However, despite leading the championship, Pena was still hungry for a first-place finish.

‘I am very happy because it is a real privilege to be leading this championship,’ said Pena.

‘For the second race we decreased the power a little bit because for eight laps you need to reserve the batteries, so we reduced the power by 10 per cent.

‘But we also increased the rear transmission. However, increasing the transmission coupled with less power meant we were two or three seconds slower per lap.

‘It is frustrating because I could have fought to win the second race. When I saw Hoi crash and saw he was okay, I was thinking the race could be mine but after one lap I realised it wasn’t possible but it doesn’t matter - I am very happy anyway!’

FIM eRoadRacing World Cup Valencia Round – Race Two Results:

1. Su Rong Zai (Zongshen)
2. Oscar Pena (Zongshen)
3. Adrian Menchen (Renegade Z)
4. Julian Miralles (Renegade Z)
5. Sam West (Agni Racing)
6. Harald Gasse (Renegade Z)

DNF Hoi Chi Fung (Zongshen)

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Saturday, 13 July 2013

FIM eRoadRacing World Cup Qualifying - Valencia

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Qualifying Session One: Hoi Chi Fung secured pole position in the first qualifying session for the Valencia round of the FIM eRoadRacing World Cup with team Zongshen under the Spanish sun.

Su Rong Zai and Julian Miralles will line up second and third on the grid respectively, producing 2.03 and 2.08-second times respectively, while a 1.58-second lap time won pole for Chi Fung.

The grid for tomorrow’s four-lap, sprint race will line up as follows:

1. CHI FUNG, Hoi (01.58,219) - Zongshen
2. RONG ZAI, Su (02.03,579) - Zongshen
3. MIRALLES, Julian (02.08,177) – Renegade Z
4. PENA, Oscar (02.15,044) - Zongshen
5. WEST, Sam (02.15,265) – Agni Racing
6. MENCHEN, Adrian (02.17,434) – Renegade Z
7. GASSE, Harald (02.27,667) – Renegade Z

Qualifying Session Two: Hoi Chi Fung finished top in qualifying this afternoon during the second session at Valencia. He will now start in pole position for both of tomorrow’s separate races.

Su Rong Zai once again secured second place on the grid while the young Julian Miralles finished third, mirroring the results from the first qualifying session which took place earlier today.

The grid for tomorrow’s eight-lap race will line up as follows:

1. CHI FUNG, Hoi (01.56,505) - Zongshen
2. RONG ZAI, Su (02.02,920) - Zongshen
3. MIRALLES, Julian (02.04,301) – Renegade Z
4. MENCHEN, Adrian (02.05,890) – Renegade Z
5. WEST, Sam (02.13,387) – Agni Racing
6. PENA, Oscar (02.18,327) – Zongshen
7. GASSE, Harald DNQ (02.25,736) – Renegade Z
Unfortunately, Gasse failed to qualify due to the 20 per cent speed-variant rules set by FIM sporting regulations.

Tomorrow’s races will start at noon and 4pm, local time. The first race is a four-lap, sprint race. The second race is eight laps.

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FIM eRoadRacing World Cup - New Website Launched

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FIM President Vito Ippolito expressed his support for the FIM eRoadRacing World Cup as the race series’ new website launched today.

The Venezuelan, who has been FIM’s president since 2006, says these are ‘exciting times’ for FIM eRoadRacing and believes the new website is the perfect channel for fans to get behind the world’s first zero-carbon, clean-emission motorsport series.

The website, which is a temporary instalment while a fully-integrated site is developed, has been designed to offer fans all the latest FIM eRoadRacing news in a fun and engaging manner. You can visit the website at www.eRoadRacing.com.

FIM President Vito Ippolito said: ‘These are exciting times for FIM eRoadRacing. Electric powered motorcycles have seen huge developments over the past four years and they are here to stay. The new website has been designed with the fans in mind and it is a great way of engaging with the next generation of motorsport fans. FIM eRoadRacing offers a high-competitive racing platform for electric-vehicle technology to progress further and I am looking forward to the first race at Valencia on Sunday 14 July.’

The FIM eRoadRacing World Cup begins this weekend when Circuit Valencia hosts the first two races of the European Championship. After this weekend’s race, FIM eRoadRacing will head to Laguna Seca on Sunday 21 July to begin the US Championship.

Teams across the globe will compete in both Europe and US for a place in the FIM eRoadRacing World Cup Final, which will take place in November.

The European Championship will consist of four races in three historic race venues – Valencia, Oschersleben and Le Mans. The same will happen across the Atlantic, with Laguna Seca and Indianapolis both hosting races before Miller Motorsports Park holds two races to complete the US Championship.

The FIM eRoadRacing series provides an exciting opportunity for leading global innovators of racing and clean-emission technologies to show the world that being green does not mean being slow.

The FIM eRoadRacing series allows teams to showcase ground-breaking technology across three continents. Teams consistently push the boundaries of electric vehicles through a highly-competitive racing platform.

The technology developed through FIM eRoadRacing is at the forefront of technological breakthroughs within the electric-vehicle industry.

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Friday, 12 July 2013

First FIM eRoadRacing Practice Flies By Despite Spanish Heat

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The first practice of the FIM eRoadRacing season kicked off under the sweltering Spanish sun this afternoon.

Zongshen, Agni Racing and Renegade Z pulled in an average of 11 laps per rider as the practice session went without a hitch. Zongshen produced the fastest laps during practice, with Agni Racing and Renegade Z hot on their heels.

Sam West was racing electric for the first time. Riding for Agni Racing in Valencia, West normally plies his trade in BSB Stock 1000 but was pleased with his first outing on an electric vehicle.

‘Practice went really well,’ said West. ‘We had a bit of an issue with the amount of power the bike was giving at the start but we made a couple of changes, went back out and I started to get the hang of running without any gears and without an engine!

‘The bike is fantastic. It is great to hear it running without any noise and to get such a pure riding experience. You can really hear what the tyres are doing, what the chassis is doing and you get lots of feedback from the breaks, which you wouldn’t normally get.

‘It was a bit unusual to have no engine breaking. There was a bit of locking up and a bit of backing it into the turns while I got used to that but it was a fantastic experience. We are making a few changes to the suspension for tomorrow to get it how I like it. We are also going to ramp up the power and hopefully go a bit quicker,’ added West.

Despite high temperatures, each of the bikes performed under the sizzling sun. Zongshen’s team manager Daniel Chung was also happy with his machines during practice but is looking to improve their performance for tomorrow.

‘Practice went okay but the temperature on the machine is a little high,’ explained Chung. ‘We will try and get more wind into the system to help it cool down.

‘This year we increased the batteries’ capacity and the AC motor is reacting really well, so we are happy about that. We should be okay for qualifying; we just want to see what speed we can get with the new batteries now.’

Tomorrow’s first qualifying session starts at 11.30am local time. The second qualifying session will then get underway at 4pm.

This weekend will see teams compete in two separate races at the Valencia circuit. The first will be a sprint race – a four-lap race which starts at noon on Sunday. Each team then gets four hours to recharge their bikes before the second, eight-lap race begins at 4pm.

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Thursday, 4 July 2013

Pikes Peak Hit By History Making Solar Lightning Strike

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San Carlos, California, July 02, 2013. Lightning Motorcycles Makes History, Dominates Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. For the first time ever, an electric SuperBike made history by claiming top spot among all motorcycles.


Carlin Dunne Lightning Motorcycles - Photo:  Jensen Beeler
For the first time at a major motorsports event, an electric motorcycle beat all gas-powered competitors at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climbing Colorado Springs, Colo. June 30. San Carlos, Calif.-based Lightning Motorcycles, the leading pioneer in electric motorcycles, not only finished first in the Exhibition Powersports division, but also claimed King of the Mountain, besting the 82 other motorcycle teams entered in the legendary race. Adding to the achievement, the Lightning SuperBike was powered by solar energy.
The Lightning SuperBike—under rider Carlin Dunne, now three-time consecutive overall motorcycle champion and King Of The Mountain, who set the new all time record for qualifying time on Friday (June 28)—posted a time just over 10 minutes (10:00.694) with horrific track conditions as the first 3 or five riders crashed out. But with a little help from the Pirelli Superbike Slicks, and a little extra care from Carlin, the bike still crossed the finish line more than 20 seconds faster than it's next competitor, Bruno Langois' and his Ducati 1200 Multistrada.

The challenging 12.42-mile, fully-paved course includes 156 turns ending at the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second-oldest race in America, behind the Indianapolis 500.

“This accomplishment is a big step forward for Lightning, and we believe this is a giant leap forward for public acceptance of clean, renewable energy-based transportation", said Lighting founder Richard Hatfield.

Pikes Peak Celebrations - Photo:  Nancie Brown
The Lightning SuperBike, the world’s fastest production motorcycle, was powered with solar energy provided by Rocklin, California based SMA America, which manufactures solar inverters. This energy, channelled through a mobile charging station, fueled the motorcycle’s onboard battery pack, providing the vehicle with enough power to win the race and beat the previous electric motorcycle record.

“The merger of solar power and electric vehicles is exciting to witness and we are thrilled with the success of the impressive SuperBike,” said Henry Dziuba, president and general manager of SMA America. “The win at Pikes Peak shows that superior, world-class performance can be achieved today with clean technologies.”

Last year, the Lightning SuperBike set land speed records for electric motorcycles at El Mirage Lake bed in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino, California and at the Bonneville Speedway near Wendover, Utah.

The Lightning team was also paid a visit the entire week by Academy Award nominated director Dana Brown, and Red Bull Media & Freeride Entertainment, for the shooting of the remake of the legendary motorcycle film, "On Any Sunday". Keep any eye out for it's theater release in the next year.

Lightning Motorcycle has been involved in researching and manufacturing electric two wheeled transportations (E2W). Lightning builds the fastest production motorcycle in the world, won many road racing competitions and set several world speed records. Lightning’s solutions have been used in various applications, from fuel cell hybrid electric buses, hybrid cars, electric motorcycle, electric ATV, electric yard trucks for ferrying shipping containers, professional ocean racing sailboat and many other areas. Our mission is to build 2 wheel electric transportation (E2W) that has superior efficiency, performance, and affordability than current gasoline alternatives.

The SMA Group generated sales of €1.5 billion in 2012 and is the global market leader for solar inverters, a key component of all PV plants and, as an energy management group, offers innovative key technologies for future power supply structures. It is headquartered in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany, and is represented internationally in 21 countries.

The Group employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. SMA’s broad product portfolio includes a compatible inverter for every type of module on the market and for all plant sizes. The product range includes both inverters for photovoltaic plants connected to the grid as well as inverters for off-grid systems. SMA is therefore able to provide ideal technical inverter solutions for all plant sizes and types.

Since 2008, the Group’s parent company, SMA Solar Technology AG, has been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (S92) and also in the TecDAX index. In recent years, SMA has received numerous awards for excellence as an employer and achieved first place in the nationwide “Great Place to Work®” competition in 2011 and 2012.

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Monday, 1 July 2013

FIM eRoadRacing @ Mazda Raceway Laguguna Seca July 21st

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The ground-breaking FIM eRoadRacing World Cup will launch its U.S. series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Sunday, July 21 as part of the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix race weekend.

The next generation of motorsport will see electrically-powered motorcycles from Europe and the U.S. compete for a place in the FIM eRoadRacing World Final in Asia.

FIM eRoadRacing is the world’s premier electric motorsport series officially sanctioned by the FIM, the worldwide governing body of motorcycle racing, and includes races across three continents.

Gill Campbell, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca CEO and general manager, said: ‘We have a lot of history here at Mazda Raceway but are always looking towards the future and we are delighted to host the first FIM eRoadRacing World Cup competition in the U.S. It’s a privilege for us to hold this revolutionary form of motorsport and become part of its history. We’re really looking forward to seeing these bikes perform.’

U.S. teams racing at Mazda Raceway include Lightning Motorcycles, Team Icon Brammo and Zero Motorcycles.

Lightning is no stranger to speed. They hold the land speed record for fastest production electric motorcycle in the world with a 215 mph record and a fast run of 218 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Lightning Motorcycles are currently competing in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. During the first weekend’s practice, Lightning produced the fastest times on their solar-powered motorcycle, beating the long-dominant gas bikes.


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Brammo produce the award-winning Empulse R bike while Zero supplies both the Los Angeles Police Department and the Hong Kong government with electric motorcycles.
Brammo have been racing electric motorcycles since 2009. They are committed to pushing the boundaries of electric motorcycle technology under the most extreme racing conditions and have also provided bikes for both the Ashford Police Force and Hong Kong government.

Tickets for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, which includes the FIM eRoadRacing World Cup, start at $25 and there is a three-day pass available for $75. General admission is free for children 12 and under with a paying adult. There are a small amount of paddock passes for $50 and hospitality packages range from $365 to $775. To purchase tickets visit www.MazdaRaceway.com.

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Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca hosts five world-class race weekends each season. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is an 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course in California’s beautiful central coast. While the track is a favourite of racers and fans worldwide, many focus on one specific section, Turns 8 and 8A, commonly known as the Corkscrew.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a not-for-profit organization run by the Sports Car Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP). Each year SCRAMP donates approximately $400,000 to charities and groups in the area.

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TTXGP FIM Launch New eRoadRacing World Cup Logo

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TTXGP are delighted to announce a new logo for the FIM eRoadRacing World Cup ahead of the season’s first race in Valencia on Sunday 14 July.

The logo has been designed to showcase FIM eRoadRacing’s clean credentials with a wheel-shaped ‘e’ set at the front of the competition’s name. The clean-emission, zero-carbon, road-racing series required a logo for the future.

TTXGP eRoadRacing FIM World Cup
Azhar Hussain MBE, founder and CEO of eRoadRacing, said: ‘We are pushing the boundaries of motorsport on a daily basis, whether it is teams developing technologies of the future or riders putting that technology in front of the fans. We wanted a logo to match the ground-breaking work we are doing. This logo does exactly that and we hope the fans are proud of the branding because they will make FIM eRoadRacing the future of motorsport.’

The logo has been created by The Works Limited. Based in Leeds, The Works have created logos and branding for organisations including Fifa, Honda, NBA, Uefa and Warner Bros.

FIM eRoadRacing is the evolution of TTXGP and FIM E-Power. It is officially sanctioned by the global governing body and combines races across three continents.

TTXGP are the official promoters of the FIM eRoadRacing World Cup, which will see teams racing in the US and Europe compete separately for a place in the World Final. From 2014 FIM eRoadRacing will follow MotoGP’s format through a World Championship, with every team competing in each continent for a chance to be crowned champions.

FIM eRoadRacing teams are consistently pushing the boundaries of electric vehicles and are instrumental in the development of this technology. Teams from across the globe will compete in the inaugural FIM eRoadRacing season, including entries from US, Canada, China, Germany, UK, Netherlands, France, Spain and India.

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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Yoshimura Suzuki Team Maintains Championship Lead

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Martin Cardenas - Barber Motorsports Park
Birmingham, Alabama - June 24, 2013 – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Martin Cardenas turned in two tremendous performances this past weekend in the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Championships at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL. On Saturday, Cardenas brought home a podium position and he followed that up with a solid fourth-place finish on Sunday. As a result, Cardenas continues to lead the overall championship points in the premier class. In each day’s race, Cardenas was one of four Suzuki racers who finished in the top 10.

On Saturday, Yoshimura Suzuki’s Cardenas got a great start on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and led a number of the race’s 21 laps before eventually finishing third. On Sunday, he also got a good start and battled for a podium position for the entire race before finishing fourth.

Chris Clark - Barber Motorsports Park
“On Saturday, my race was a little bit tough,” admitted Cardenas. “I had a good rhythm going on the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000, but I wasn’t as fast as I wanted to be. I tried my best and just tried to finish in third and get some points. For Sunday, we changed a few things and we had some good speed at first, but from the middle to the end of the race, I had a hard time keeping the pace. Next we go to Mid-Ohio, and I like the layout of that track. I’ve had some good results there and I hope to come back stronger for that race.”

Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Chris Clark struggled at the Barber event, never really finding his rhythm. On Saturday, he finished the race in 15th place and on Sunday he had to retire early from the event.

The Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing team’s next event of the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Championship series is at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH, the weekend of July 12 - 14, 2013.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Lightning Motorcycles Releases Sexy New Poster For Pikes Peak

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Los Angeles, CA (June 21, 2013) Lightning Motorcycles, the San Carlos CA electric motorcycle manufacturer and racing team, released their new poster for the upcoming Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, featuring their rider Carlin Dunne, the current Pikes Peak two time consecutive champion, and all time course record holder.

Carlin Dunne & Talor Marion
The poster was photographed by internationally famed Los Angeles fashion photographer Neave Bozorgi, and also features super model Talor Marion.

The poster will be available at the Pikes Peak Fanfest June 28, in Colorado Springs next friday, and available on Lightning's website  in July. Some specially limited copies of the poster, personally autographed by Carlin Dunne and Talor Marion will also be available. Contact Lightning to get yours soon.

Lightning Motorcycles was founded by Richard Hatfield and a group of Silicon Valley engineers dedicated to the belief that world class performance is compatible with clean tech transportation, in San Carlos, Calif. in 1999. By 2009, the company had created the Fastest Super Bike in the world and set the land speed record in 2010 at 176 mph.
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The team broke its own record in 2011 with a top speed of 218.637. Since then, Lightning Motorcycles has established its dominance competing and winning in multiple internationally recognized superbike races. The company’s mission is to develop the most innovative competition race bike and use that technology to produce and distribute affordable two wheel electric vehicles to commuter markets worldwide.

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Valencia To Kickstart FIM eRoadRacing 2013 World Cup

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The ground-breaking FIM eRoadRacing World Cup will launch its European series as the main event at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo during its Green Prix weekend on Sunday 14 July.

Gonzalo Gobert, Circuit de Valencia General Manager, said: ‘Valencia is a race track built for the future and it’s a great honour to be able to host the FIM eRoadRacing series because it is breaking down barriers to create the next generation of motorsport. We look forward to becoming part of eRoadRacing’s history and we’re really proud to be part of the sport’s beginnings.’

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The Valencia Circuit will celebrate the Green Prix for the very first time in order to create a new within motorsport competitions that is related to sustainability, environmental care and reducing emissions.

The FIM eRoadRacing World Cup will see electrically-powered motorcycles from Europe and the US compete for a place in the world final in Asia.

FIM eRoadRacing is the world’s premier electric motorsport series officially sanctioned by the FIM, the worldwide governing body of motorcycle racing, and includes seven races across three continents.

TTXGP are the official promoters of the FIM eRoadRacing World Cup. From 2014 FIM eRoadRacing will follow a World Championship, with every team competing on each continent for a chance to be crowned world champions.

FIM eRoadRacing teams are consistently pushing the boundaries of electric vehicles and are instrumental in the development of this technology. Teams from across the globe will compete in the inaugural FIM eRoadRacing season, including entries from US, Canada, China, Germany, UK, Netherlands, France, Spain and India.

Circuit de Valencia was built in 1999 and is designed around the spectator. With 65,000 seats in the grandstands fans can watch all the action. The circuit of Cheste excels for its functionality and boasts two independent circuits: one of 1.300 m. full of bends, ideal as training circuit, the other 4,005 metres and an 876 m. straight line.

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Thursday, 20 June 2013

A Foggy Legend + Fairies & The Dainese IOMTT Trilogy

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Dainese presents: The TT Trilogy - Part 1: The Island


Dainese Presents: The TT Trilogy - Part 2: The Race


Dainese Presents: The TT Trilogy - Part 3: The Legend



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Monday, 17 June 2013

Motors TV Broadcasts FIM eRoadRacing World Cup 2013

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TTXGP are delighted to announce a season-long partnership with Motors TV for coverage of the FIM eRoadRacing World Cup 2013.

The inaugural FIM eRoadRacing World Cup is promoted by TTXGP and sees teams from across the globe compete in the first zero-carbon, emission-free motorsport at tracks including Le Mans, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Laguna Seca and Oschersleben.

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The season kick-starts in Valencia on Sunday 14 July and fans will be able to watch full race shows through Motors TV. Each programme will include behind-the-scenes access, interviews, previews, qualifying and race coverage.

Azhar Hussain MBE, TTXGP founder and CEO, said: ‘We are very excited about Motors TV showing the first FIM eRoadRacing series. The Motors TV model fits with what we’re trying to achieve at eRoadRacing, which is to build a loyal broadcast and online audience who are eager to engage. We are really excited about the upcoming season and can’t wait for the first race show to go out through Motors TV.’

Currently available in 25 million homes across 39 European countries, Motors TV has been broadcasting some of the world’s most high-profile championships on both two and four wheels since 2000.

Frederic Viger, Motors TV Head of Programming and Acquisitions, said: “We've been broadcast partners with TTXGP since 2011 and have always been a firm believer in its purpose to develop the next generation of clean motorcycle technology. Naturally we’re therefore very excited to be part of the category’s continued relevance and growth, especially since it was recognised as a fully FIM-sanctioned series. We are confident that the eRoadRacing World Cup will produce some exciting coverage that will appeal to our extensive motorcycle fanbase.”

FIM eRoadRacing is the evolution of TTXGP and FIM E-Power. It is officially sanctioned by the global governing body and combines races across three continents.

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Friday, 14 June 2013

Motorsport Fencing - Geobrugg Security Engineering Joins Forces With Nordbeton GmbH

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Geobrugg Security Engineering, the leading supplier of FIA Debris Fences, is proud to announce the partnership with Nordbeton GmbH.

Nordbeton GmbH which is located in the north of Germany is one of the market leaders in concrete element production in Germany. In 2011 Nordbeton GmbH was selected to supply concrete race elements for the German Touring Masters (DTM) race at the Olympic Stadium in Munich. After a very successful launch of the new product series Nordbeton GmbH was also selected to supply its concrete race elements to the Race of Champions (ROC) which was held in Düsseldorf, Germany.

According to Mr. Jochen Braunwarth, Product Manager Motorsport Fencing at Geobrugg Security Engineering, the partnership with NORDBETON GmbH was the logical choice of combining two high quality companies and products. The result of the combined R&D power of both companies is the new mobile Geobrugg Debris Fence which combines world class concrete racing elements with an optimized Geobrugg Debris Fence for fast and quick installation.

With the new partnership Geobrugg Security Engineering and Nordbeton are now able to provide the full services which are required to equip permanent and temporary circuits with the best spectator protection in the world.

For more information see www.geobrugg.com/debrisfences or contact Geobrugg AG, Romanshorn Switzerland security@geobrugg.com for a detailed discussion of the benefits of Geobrugg Motorsport Fencing barriers.

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Thursday, 13 June 2013

Lightning Motorcycles Strikes Top @ Pike’s Peak Hill Climb

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Lightning Motorcycles have beaten top gas motorbikes and set the fastest times at the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb on the same machine that will be entering the FIM eRoadRacing World Cup.

In the first weekend of practice for the legendary Pike’s Peak Hill Climb, Lightning produced the quickest times on their solar-powered motorcycle, beating the long-dominant gas bikes.

Lightning is no stranger to speed. They hold the land speed record for fastest production electric motorcycle in the world at 215mph with a fast run of 218mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Richard Hatfield, CEO and Founder of Lighting Motorcycles, said: “This is the first time in history that an electric bike has beaten top gas bike competitors on the same playing field.”

Lightning Motorcycles have signed professional racer Carlin Dunne for Pike’s Peak. The current all-time record holder and two-time champion of the legendary race chose to ride the Lightning electric superbike in his attempt at a third consecutive victory.

The Pike’s Peak record holder made the historic decision to ride on the electric-powered Lightning instead of a gas-powered bike. He will race the same electric motorcycle Lightning are entering in the FIM eRoadRacing World Cup, which kick-starts in Valencia on 14 July before heading to Laguna Seca on 21 July. The suspension set-up is the only difference between the bikes.

Dunne said: "I have a chance to be a part of something even bigger, to prove something to the rest of the world by riding this amazing electric bike. I've been testing it for a month and it's insane. Its power and acceleration is like nothing I've ever ridden. When you light that fuse, hang on.”

The Lightning SuperBike is powered exclusively by solar energy through combined technology developed by SMA, Trina Solar and EnerDel Lithium batteries. That in turn is used to fuel the motorcycle’s onboard battery pack. This ground-breaking technology makes it one of the first racing vehicles in major motorsport events to leave a zero-carbon footprint.

Hatfield added: "This technology will drive the future of racing. We always knew what we had in the performance of our electric bikes but it takes time for the world to comprehend and accept a huge change like this. It took 50 years for people to accept a car was better transportation than a horse. Now here is the top rider in the world at this race, at the top of his game, putting his seal of approval on us by leaving combustion and going electric."

Lightning Motorcycles was founded by Richard Hatfield and a group of Silicon Valley engineers dedicated to the belief that world-class performance is compatible with clean tech transportation, in San Carlos, California in 1999.

By 2009, the company had created the Fastest SuperBike in the world and set the land speed record in 2010 at 215.960 mph, with a best recorded speed of 218.637. The team broke its own record in 2011 with a top speed of 218.637.

Since then, Lightning Motorcycles has established its dominance competing and winning in multiple internationally recognized superbike races. The company’s mission is to develop the most innovative competition race bike and use that technology to produce and distribute affordable two wheel electric vehicles to commuter markets worldwide.

FIM RoadRacing World Cup

FIM eRoadRacing is the evolution of TTXGP and FIM E-Power. It is officially sanctioned by the global governing body and combines races across three continents.

TTXGP are the official promoters of the FIM eRoadRacing World Cup, which will see teams racing in the US and Europe compete separately for a place in the World Final. From 2014 FIM eRoadRacing will follow MotoGP’s format through a World Championship, with every team competing in each continent for a chance to be crowned champions.

FIM eRoadRacing teams are consistently pushing the boundaries of electric vehicles and are instrumental in the development of this technology. Teams from across the globe will compete in the inaugural FIM eRoadRacing season, including entries from US, Canada, China, Germany, UK, Netherlands, France, Spain and India.

The Pike's Peak Hill Climb is the second oldest race in America next to the Indy 500 and the most dangerous. The track itself measures 12.42 miles (19.99 km) over 156 turns, climbing 4,720 ft (1,440 m) from the start at Mile 7 on Pike’s Peak Highway to the finish at 14,110 ft (4,300 m). This is on gradient grades averaging seven per cent.

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