I'm attending the TTXGP race at the Road America track. This is race#2 of the 2010 season and it's part of the Suzuki Superbike Doubleheader weekend. Curious though that it's a Suzuki weekend but Yamaha has a huge team (3 semi's worth of team) and a couple of the winners have talked about how good the Yamaha bikes are performing this weekend. Anyway, whatever, they're all stinky gas burners that are destined for the trash heap when the electric bikes take over, right?
Unfortunately there isn't much to write about today. I missed the first qualifying round because it happened at 8am. Try as I could, I got to the track at 9. So much for that. The second qualifying round wasn't until late in the day, at 5:30pm, which meant we were hanging around the paddock, some people working on their bikes, but most of us shooting the breeze. I did a couple rounds of going trackside during the gas bike races to practice shooting pictures.
This track is HUGE and SPREAD OUT.
In any case by the time of the second qualifying round a rainstorm settled in and while some bikes went out on the track, I didn't go trackside for any shooting.
The qualifying roster is:
Pos # Name Team Best Time Best Speed
1 11 Thad Wolff Team Electra 3:07.951 77.573
2 22 Zoe Rem Agni Motors 3:14.165 75.091
3 20 James Pooler Electric Motorsport 3:16.402 74.235
4 16 Scotty Ryan Square Wave Racing 3:46.547 64.358
5 23 Jennifer Bromme Werkstatt
However I believe they'll be letting all the bikes race given that the second qualifying round was essentially scrubbed.
The Electric Motorsport bike took a weird tumble in the second qualifying round. Coincidentally the TTXGP camera guy caught it on video, and showed it to us. The rider had just come around a bend, was on the following straight, there was a slight curve, but essentially straight. Then all of a sudden the rear wheel just slid out from under the bike and it went tumbling. He wasn't hurt but ... the left handlebar snapped off ... the side of the bike is scraped up real bad ... and the left footpeg had about 2-3 inches scoured off.
The best bit is that Team Electra is back after their disappointing DNF in the last race. AND they have the pole position.
The whole pit area
Square Wave Racing
Agni Motors bike - the one which won Isle of Man TTXGP 2009
Agni Motors bike again - with a Mavizen TT02 in the background. The Mavizen bike is of course designed off of the Agni Motors bike.
Square Wave Racing again
Electric Race Bikes .com - their design is also derived from the Agni bike, but not built by Mavizen. They told me that Agni told them how to do it.
Werkstatt Racing - they have the Mavizen bike
Some of the bikes went out in the rain. Rather than getting electrocuted they did fairly well. The Square Wave bike did have a couple issues due to a connector they'd not protected.
That's water dripping from the battery pack...