Brammo returns to TTXGP with an emphatic victory at the A123 Infineon Round
14th May 2011
A heavily weather adjusted programme saw the action move from Sunday to Saturday with teams taking to field in the opening race of the TTXGP North American Championship 2011.
First ever AMA and FIM North American Union electric bike event gets underway in the United States.
Brammo's first outing with the TTXGP since 2009, saw the Ashland based electric motorocycle manufacturer take the win at the A123 Infineon round of the TTXGP North American Championship 2011. With a platform evolved from the Isle of Man TTXGP race, Steve Atlas dominated from the outset taking a fast lap of 1:57.875 only narrowly missing Shawn Higbee's TTXGP 2010 lap time of 1:56.948.
Steve Atlas commented "Running this thing is like playing the coolest video game ever!"
Kenyon Kluge took the first TTX75 class win. The TTX75 class limits the energy to 7.5 kwh and provides a direct track to road path for manufacturers developing commuter solutions.
Kenyon rode in 2010 with Zero but moved to Team Volt for 2011. "Riding for Volt and enabling me to win the first ever 75 class has been quite an honour. I want to thank my team and our sponsors, Pirelli Tyres, Go Pro and Zero".
Thad Wolff was forced to ride naked after his bike threw him off during the Friday test session but put in a great show. Ely Schless was another return from TTXGP 2009 to make up the TTX75 class.
The action for North America now moves to New Hampshire for the June 17th. The teams held back this weekend with technical failures as well as new teams from Canada are all looking to make their mark.
The TTXGP European Championship gets underway at Silverstone next month.
A123 Infineon Round 1
TTXGP North American Championship 2011
1 Steve Atlas (Brammo)(Laps 8) 1:57.875
2 Thad Wolff (Moto Electrica)(Laps 8) 2:01.334
DNS Michael Hannas (Lightning)
DNS Steve Rapp (Mission Motors)
1 Kenyon Kludge (Volt)(Laps 8) 2:09.860
2 Ely Schless (Proto Moto)(Laps 7) 2:31.496
DNS Mike Hannas (Lightning)
pictures by Alex Tang
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