TTXGP 2010 Final Albacete - First day report
It's a beautiful day here in Albacete. Clear, nice and warm, etc.
Today the teams got two practice runs in. Gave them a chance to shake some things out, and even blow up a motor and/or controller. The way you know you've pushed it far enough is when things blow up, eh?
I posted the lineup at - The beginning of the end for TTXGP; end of the 2010 season, that is ... From that list the only question mark is whether Jennifer Bromme will be able to sort out her racing license so they'll let her ride. Hopefully they can work that out. UPDATE: This got worked out and Jennifer will be racing thanks to some help from the AMA.
Jenny Tinmouth and her Agni Motors bike
Tork India - they're in the Agni tent, and receive a support from them. It's a twin Agni design like most of the other ones at this race.
Rob Moon's Agni Motors bike (he's on the left)
Rob Moon suiting up, Cedric Lynch and Arvind working on his bike getting it ready
Campus Francorchamps - Theirs is also a twin Agni motor setup. They got the technical info from Mavizen but did their own build using a Yamaha chassis.
A view of their battery pack. They don't run with a BMS on the bike during the race. They have balancers to ensure the pack is balanced, and during the race no BMS.
Morris Motorcycles - they have a Mavizen.
One of Munch Racing's bikes - They brought this bike on the left to Laguna Seca in July
Team Zongshen - This is the factory team for one of the largest motorcycle makers in China. They've announced their entry into the TTXGP. For this race they're using the 2009 Agni Motors bike (the one which won the Isle of Man TTXGP). See Chinese motorcycle maker Zongshen entering TTXGP as its first factory team for details on them.
Another view of the Tork India bike. It's major advantage is small and light weight.
Werkstatt's Mavizen - It seems that SRP Racing (Russian team) was going to ride this and it has some Cyrillic on the side. Instead the Russian is racing with CRP Racing using their second bike.
I believe this is Alexey Ivanov riding the CRP Racing bike. During the practice round one of his motors cooked itself.
This is the trackside Paddock.. it's being used by the gas bike teams. The electric paddock is out in the parking lot.
Agni Motors has a new motor (thinner, larger diameter, more power) they're hoping to run on Jenny Tinmouth's bike.
NEWS FLASH!!!! BREAKING NEWS!!! TTXGP TALKED HONDA INTO RACING ELECTRIC!!!!
Actually.. it's just a coincidence that Honda has a tent next to the electric paddock. One can dream though, eh?
Where's the Lightning crew?
They didn't come, likewise Team Electra. Both explained that the TTXGP office recommended a shipper to them who was not certified to handle class 9 hazardous materials (lithium batteries).