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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’s new top speed: 500 mph

From a planespotter at the Ashland Muni-sumner Parker Field, an airport located a mere five minutes away from Brammo’s headquarters, comes this photo of a 1998 Gulfstream 450 with a rather curious logo on the tail:

Proud bird with the bullish tail

After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I made some calls to investigate whether this was real or not.

According to my sources, Brammo had been considering moving its headquarters away from its isolated location in Ashland to a more accessible location in San Francisco, California.  A deal to purchase a building at 1140 Harrison Street was in the final stages when a cost-benefit study was produced to the group by an intern.

“The intern, on her own, had calculated the costs of ownership of the facility, down to the increased cost of living of each of our current employees.  She concluded that the main reason for the move, Ashland’s commercial isolation, could be more effectively dealt with by purchasing a corporate jet.  If, in addition to have the CEO using it to ferry investors around — a typical use-case for such a jet — we used it to send techs to conduct dealer training, for instance, and a host of other uses, it actually makes good business sense.  Plus, when we are not using it for Brammo business, we can charter it out.”

The Gulfstream jet was owned previously by a New Jersey bank which bought a newer model.  “We got it for a song, really,” according to my source.

I asked whether it will be used to transport any fully-assembled motorcycles to their destinations.

“Funny you should ask. We were assured by the seller that, indeed, it had been used for this purpose, as one of our Enertias was purchased by the “Make a Dream Come True Foundation” following a request by someone to ride an electric motorcycle up Pikes Peak.  The Foundation loaded the Enertia successfully through the passenger door.  But this will not be a primary use for the jet in our case. “

More information on its way… be sure to stay tuned in.

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