The following is a press release published on the TTXGP website - it's a preview of the opening round of the UK TTXGP race.
6th July 2010
The TTXGP UK championship grid has been announced! This first year of a TTXGP UK, will see teams from the UK, India and Sweden and one with a partner in Taiwan, competing to win the TTXGP UK crown. Electric racing has come a long way since TTXGP launched in 2008. Average speed at the TT increased from a standing start lap time of 87mph, to 97 mph in just one year, that is a rate of improvement of nearly 9%.
The UK line up is as follows, with more teams joining the later rounds. The best teams will be invited to join us for the World TTXGP FINAL UEM in Albacete Spain for the ultimate prize, to be crowned TTXGP world champion 2010.
61 Morris Motorcycles Racing Team (Mavizen TTX02) RIDER: Annie Seel
"We are very glad to partner with Mavizen at this groundbreaking stage of the motor industry. It is no secret that Morris Motorcycles AB's future ambition is to provide the Swedish and Nordic market with high performance electric motorcycles. This Mavizen TTX02 is our first building block in creating our future dealership. And entering the TTXGP, the premier series of ev's and the de facto world championship of the ev world is simply the natural thing to do."
62 Kingston University RIDER: Adam Palfreman
Peter Williams Carbon Fibre chassis PW1 Paul Brandon
63 Team ManTTX Racing RIDER: James McBride
Based on the Isle of Man, ManTTX in no stranger to racing, this will be their second bid to take the TTXGP crown
64 MRB Racing RIDER: Russ Licence
MRB Racing consists of three friends who embarked on a journey, to design and build an electric powered motorcycle and to then race it in the TTXGP UK championship. All three are motorcycle enthusiasts but each has their own specialty and interest that brings experience, enthusiasm and dedication to the team. The RGV-E is essentially a 1989 Suzuki RGV250l, the two bikes share very similar characteristics in terms of power and weight so the original chassis and running gear lend itself perfectly to a zero emissions conversion
65 Tork india RIDER: Jim Lovell
Having placed third place in the Open class race in 2009, the Tork India boys are back, this season with their second prototype of electric superbike T002X all 90% percent new from the previous version. Kapil Shelke
66 LiFeBATT LiFeTECH Racing RIDER: Harry Hardi
Exclsuive to the TTXGP championship this team is the only one in the world that can boast factory support from a major battery manufacturer.
67 Imperial TTXGP RIDER: Daniel Jackson
Fourteen 3rd year undergrads developed the Suzuki Hayabusa based bike. Two 4th year undergraduates complete the line up forming three core teams; battery mounting, drivetrain & aero Ben Smith
77 Team Agni Bike 1 RIDER: Jenny Tinmouth
Based in Finchley, London, with its now famous motors made in India, Agni Motors set the standard in zero carbon racing last year; this small hardworking unassuming team was at the centre of attention during TTXGP 2009 when it crossed the finish line with a lap time that was 25 minutes 53 seconds. About 3 minutes ahead of its nearest rival and with an average speed of 87.4 miles per hour over 37 3/4 miles of road. Agni has produced two new bikes this year, the Z2, to run in both the TTXGP Italia/FMI 2010 and the TTXGP UK Championships, as well as helping to deliver an additional bike to the TTXGP North America Championship.
69 Team Agni Bike 2 RIDER: Rob Moon
68: Electric Hussar (Mavizen TTX02) RIDER: Pete Ward
Pete Ward from The British Army's Queen's Royal Hussars has now been confirmed to be entering the TTXGP on a mavizen TTX02. Chris Yates
What to expect: TTXGP 2009 winners Agni motors putting their best foot forward with Jenny Tinmouth and Rob Moon on the start line on their two new 2010 models. Joining them is a brand new team to TTXGP, Morris Motorcycles with Swedish rally princess Annie Seel, who has competed in several Dakar Rallies and has experience with electric motorcycles, having been crowned The World's First Ride Green Eco Enduro Champion for women in 2009.
Another very interesting team to watch is the LiFeBATT LiFeTECH team. LiFeBATT traditionally have supported university teams but this year make a move into entering their own bike complete with factory support from the Taiwanese battery manufacturer they are named after. "The bike has a few unique features that we feel give us the edge and we are confident of delivering an exciting race on the track. We want to be in pole position on the grid at the TTXGP FINAL in Albacete and that is what we are aiming for."We are really excited about entering this race series and are looking forward to the season."
The last team to join the grid is headed up by Staff Sergeant Pete Ward of the Queen Royal Hussars, the senior light cavalry regiment of the British Army. Pete is normally used to driving and maintaining Army field vehicles, but has raced motorcycles for the past 11 years. Having ridden several different bikes across a number of championships, including short circuit racing, supermoto and enduro, Pete is surely one of the most adaptable pilots out there. "I am looking forward to trying this new concept of racing. I'm extremely looking forward to the challenges that it will bring and hope that as well as finishing the races as high up as possible, I will be helping to bring this sport to the forefront within the Armed Forces as it requires a massive amount of control and fast thinking that all Soldiers do naturally. It's going to be a long challenge with a lot of hard work." Pete is riding the 3rd Mavizen TTX02 of the TTXGP championship.
With championship rounds at Snetterton , Angelsey, Donington Park and Brands Hatch there is plenty of opportunity to catch up with the teams and see these unique bikes up close. To make it even easier for you, TTXGP has been picked up by ESPN UK and will air at 9pm on Thursday evenings after race weekends throughout the summer. Go to www.egrandprix.com/listings for TV and web listing info.
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