No cute quote like jet engines mating with electric mixers.. But the TTXGP racers are in the second day of preparing.
TTXGP: Why the ‘Lotus’ bike missed the first practice: Not sure what they mean by the 'Lotus' bike but it did not run in yesterday's practice session because it had not been completed. The article says the bike was on the island but hadn't been completely assembled, and that the battery packs were a different shape than expected. Uh that leaves open a lot of questions. In any case the lead guy on that team is quoted saying there's no chance for them to win, but it will be a big success to have a bike with so many new ideas just be there on the starting line.
TTXGP: Story behind the first crash: The eRockit entry experienced a motor failure, causing a crash with the rider being a bit injured. They described the bike as having a 5-speed gearbox (one of the few which does) but no clutch. The motor "locked up" and because there's no clutch there was no ability for the rider to avoid disaster.
It seems the Killacycle team is a no-show. They had one bike in the list announced back in March, but Skadamo tweeted that they weren't present. I have it from a team member that they simply ran out of time to get the bike ready.
As noted in the pictures below, Motoczysz ran their bike too fast and ran out of juice near the finish line. They may have flown another bike over to the race.
It seems that all the bikes will be allowed to start even if they don't qualify.
http://twitpic.com/71qoe -- Motoczysz "out of juice" at the finish line, stopped 30 meters after the finish line
http://twitpic.com/71sth -- "Motoczysz being loaded up. Was quick but ran out.."