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North American TTXGP Champions: Brammo

Congratulations to Brammo for winning the necessary points in the TTXGP North American series to allow it to clinch the title of “Champion.”

As I described in this post, Brammo needed to finish last weekend’s race at Miller Motorsports Park with a 7th or better placement — and this, only to defend against Mission Motors’ attack on the title.

Now we know that:

1. Mission Motors did not show at Miller

2. Brammo finished 3rd, behind first place (and new TTXGP participant) MotoCzysz, and second place Lightning.

3. There was no way for Brammo to finish the race and end up in any worse position than fifth (sixth, if the second Lightning bike had finished the race).

In the graphic, above, the points for Miller have not been posted but Brammo earned an additional 16 points for its third place finish, giving it a total of 57 points.  MotoElectra got another 13 points for its fourth place finish, giving it a total of 46 points and the Second Place North American Championship title.  Lightning received another 20 points, giving it a total of 45 points, and the Third Place title.  Lightning, once again, “missed it by THAT much” and, no doubt sorely regrets not competing in the race at Infineon in June 2011.

Congratulations to the Brammo Racing Team and rider Steve Atlas for putting on a consistent and reliable effort this season!

What does it mean?

The accomplishment represented by Brammo holding the “TTXGP North American Champion” title can be attributed to the spirit behind this comment by Brammo’s Brian Wismann from a post on the Brammo Owners Forum:

It’s been a great season and it was truly a team effort combined with a rock solid reliable race bike that made the championship a possibility.

Wismann would be the first to admit that the Empulse RR was not the fastest bike in the TTXGP paddock.  He and the team changed the gearing to take advantage of the bike’s available power but in the end, it was no match for the faster, one-off bikes of Mission, MotoCzysz and Lightning.  But, as they say, showing up is half the battle.  Here, it was showing up + finishing + staying in the game that gave Brammo the much-deserved title of champion.  As Wismann said,

Rest assured this technology will hit the street with the Empulse production bike and next year’s race bike will move our performance on to the next level!  What an exciting time to be involved with electric motorcycles!

Keep watching this space for more news and amazing developments that Brammo intends to share in the coming weeks.  No laurel-resting here.  There is work to be done.

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Brammo to Race in TTXGP U.S. Final at Miller

This just posted on Brammo’s Facebook Page:

Brammo will be at Miller with Steve Atlas on the Empulse RR. This will be a great circuit for the teams with higher top ends like Mission and Lightning, so we hope they’re able to make it to show what’s possible on a “fast track”. Kudos to TTXGP for making something happen after the series was dealt a huge blow by the cancellation of the AMA races at VIR, an event outside of their control.

Miller Motorsports Park September 3rd and 4th Bike Fest:During bike fest, bikes from all over the region converge to race, show off and mingle. The racing is fun and the bikes are hot. And Brammo will be there to race in the TTXGP.

Miller Motorsports Park is about a 30 mile drive southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah.  That’s about a 12 hour drive from Ashland, Oregon, for the Brammo folks.  Good to hear that they will be there, considering the necessity of competing in, and finishing this race.

More information from Miller’s site:

BIKE FEST, BONNEVILLE VINTAGE GP

September 3-4

Bike Fest: This is a collection of motorcycles hitting the pavement is sure to be good time. During bike fest, bikes from all over the region converge to race, show off and mingle. The racing is fun and the bikes are hot.

Bonneville Vintage GP (AHRMA): Historic racing. Come watch these historic bikes race and be part of history. The Bonneville GP is sanctioned event of the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association. These bikes were the fastest of their kind in their day and still tear up the track. Watch side car racing and classic racing during this incredible bike filled weekend.

And this just in, from TTXGP:

TTXGP confirms North American Final 2011 at Miller Motorsport in association with the AMA Utah Sport Bike Association (UtahSBA)

5th August 2011

TTXGP

TTXGP, the world’s premier electric motorcycle championship is pleased to bring the North American Final 2011 to Miller Motorsports for the Labor Day weekend. A thrilling finale to the 2011 US season and qualification to the TTXGP World Championship Final 2011.

In partnership with the Utah Sports Bike Association (UtahSBA), the FIM North American Union/AMA sanctioned TTXGP North American Final will crown the national champion for 2011.

The TTXGP North America 2010 champions returns to defend the title but face considerable competition from Brammo who are currently leading the championship points table. 2010 champions, Lightning motorcycles team boss Richard Hatfield commented, “The Lightning team is looking forward to defending our title. We were on the podium in the last round at Laguna Seca despite having had the bikes back in the US only ten days prior and having just one-track session to prepare.  We are excited for a rematch now both the TTXGP and TTX75 bikes are dialed in, and looking forward to the race.”

“UtahSBA is honoured to have the TTXGP racing with us. They’re breaking into new areas of motorcycle technology that will likely define the future of our sport, and it will be exciting to see them in action. We think the teams will find Miller Motorsports Park a fantastic, world-class circuit and facility,” said Kory Cowan, UtahSBA.

“We are pleased to build on the success of Laguna Seca and to give a thrilling final to the TTXGP 2011 season at such an iconic location” said Azhar Hussain, CEO of TTXGP “Our thanks to the all the partners involved in helping us making this happen and we look forward to being hosted by USBA and crowing a TTXGP North American Champions 2011.”

You can catch all the action on Speed2 in September. Follow us @TTXGP for the latest info and updates from the weekend.

The action continues this weekend at Assen, with Round 3 of the TTXGP Euro Championship 2011 when a guest MotoGP rider Japser Iwema takes to the TTXGP field on a 40,000 strong weekend as part of the new Gamma Rizla Cup. Round 4 will be in Karlskoga, Sweden on Sept 3/4.  Our penultimate Australian round will be over the same weekend.

About USBA
The seven-race Mountains series, developed by Miller Motorsports Park, organized by the Utah Sportbike Association (UtahSBA) and sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), was created to encourage competitive road racing at the club and regional levels. In its seventh year, the series has quickly turned into a premier event drawing top-level talent from around the nation. For more information on schedule, rulebook, purses and contingency, visit www.utahsba.com/racing

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Brammo – Still #1 in North American TTXGP Class

According to the Official Results page at eGrandPrix.com, Brammo still holds on to first place in the North American TTXGP standings:

With Mission Motors’ decisive win at Laguna Seca on Sunday, and Brammo coming in fourth, you may ask how this result could have been reached.  The TTXGP rules specify that first place in each race is awarded 25 points, second place 20 points, and third place 16 points.  Although Brammo placed first at Infineon Raceway in June, Mission did not participate in that race.  Brammo – 25 points. Mission 0 points.

Brammo was awarded third place points (16) under the TTXGP rules because the second place finisher, MotoCzysz, was only entered in the FIM e-Power series and was not a TTXGP entry.  Thus, Brammo was the third TTXGP motorcycle to cross the finish line at Laguna Seca.

Even if Brammo had been the fourth TTXGP bike to cross the line, it would remain in first place in the Class Standings, with a total of 38 (25 + 13) points.  In fact, if there had been 15 TTXGP bikes and Brammo had come in 15th place, it would remain the North American leader with 26 points to Mission’s 25.  The Point System for the TTXGP series is provided to each of the teams, but is somewhat hard to find on the site.  Nevertheless, for the sake of posterity, here it is:

ANNUAL AWARDS

The Team and Rider Championships will be decided on points as detailed below. The championship points at each round will be as follows for each team (machine) entered and for each rider:

To the Winner:
25 points
Ninth
7 Points
Second
20 points
Tenth
6 points
Third
16 points
Eleventh
5 points
Fourth
13 points
Twelfth
4 points
Fifth
11 points
Thirteenth
3 points
Sixth
10 points
Fourteenth
2 points
Seventh
9 points
Fifteenth
1 points
Eighth
8 points

Before you torch-wielding Mission fans (and herein, I happily state I consider myself a member of this group, minus the torch) cry “FOUL!” and prepare to storm the castle, consider the fact that Mission did make an appearance at the Infineon round, but chose not to race.  A consequence of that choice is that it can not claim to be the champion of the continent.  It was a consequence that they had to be aware of at the time, as the point system has been in existence since the beginning of TTXGP’s 2010 series. That’s racing.

But let’s take this a hypothetical step farther:  Although, as of the writing of this post, TTXGP has not announced a third and final round to replace the scuttled VIR race that had been scheduled for August 14, 2011, let’s assume a replacement round is scheduled for later this season.  Let’s further assume that Mission and Brammo both race.  And finally, let’s assume that Mission continues to dominate the track with their guided rocket on wheels, the Mission R, and comes in first place.  The only ways Mission can clinch the North American Championship are:

  1. Brammo does not start.
  2. Brammo does not finish.
  3. Brammo comes in eighth place or worse, earning only 8 or fewer points.

While #1 and #2, above, are certainly possible (recall with me, in sadness, Brammo’s DNS in last year’s contest at Laguna Seca due to a mechanical failure), it is far less likely that #3 could occur, given the limited number of electric racing motorcycles out there and the fact that, in the TTXGP series, Brammo could quite easily place third.  The only other TTXGP bike faster than Brammo appears to be Richard Hatfield’s  Lightning motorcycle.

Brammo folks freely admit that there is nothing they can do, short of a completely new motor and controller design (not likely, but not outside the realm of possibility), that could result in them beating the Mission R’s current alien technology  configuration.  However, points is points and the fact remains that Brammo is #1 and is likely to retain that title for the 2011 TTXGP North American Class.

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Brammo and TTXGP: By Our Powers Combined . . .

“Hey, you got chocolate on my peanut butter!”

“Hey, you got peanut butter on my chocolate!”

The humble beginnings of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

Remember those care free days when we strolled down the street, enjoying our jars of peanut butter?  And remember when we collided with someone enjoying their chocolate bar, only to discover that these two great tastes, combined, made something better than the sum of its parts?

Now, imagine another collision:

Craig Bramscher, CEO of Brammo, gliding silently down the street on an Empulse.

Azhar Hussain, CEO of TTXGP, riding silently down an intersecting street on his Mavizen, in full race livery.

Bam!  (They were both going slowly, so no CEOs were harmed in this imagined scenario).

“Hey, you got TTXGP on my Brammo!”

“I say old chap, you got Brammo on my TTXGP!”

The beginning of a "grand alliance" (Drawing courtesy of Brammo's new wunderkind, Greg Stoermer)

What can a Brammofan say upon hearing the news that two of his favorite companies are coming together to create something that will represent the best of both?  I’m verklempt.  Talk amongst yourselves.  And while you’re at it, read the press release, after the break.

NOT the official Empulse TTX logo.

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Brammo Highlights from the 2009 TTXGP

It’s been covered too well by better writers than I (see here and here), but I have to say that it is indeed a sad testament to the truth of the maxim of “no good deed goes unpunished” that the TTXGP will not be happening at the Isle of Man this year.  That said, let me rub salt in the wound by passing along a video shared by Brian Wismann, the lead designer of the Brammo Enertia and the Brammo TTR race bike.  It is footage (courtesy of TTXGP) of the Brammo bikes at last year’s event.  Those were heady days and there was a shared sense of witnessing history among those of us who were fortunate enough to know where to look to find the latest race results.  If we had been able to see footage like this, we would have been overwhelmed, no doubt.

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