Monday, 1 July 2013

FIM eRoadRacing @ Mazda Raceway Laguguna Seca July 21st

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

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.


Lightning Motorcycles
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.

Lightning Motorcycles
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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