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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.
The video released today by the TTXGP folks ranks high on Brammofan’s Awesomeness Scale. Maybe even above a 9. Multiple Brammo TTR shots, along with some really smooth editing and post production work adds up to two thumbs up from me. My only criticism (because you know it’s coming) is that I wish they had put a fraction of the energy that they put into this video, into some live feeds during the event. I know it was the first year and it was new and green and techy, but when @skadamo and I had to resort to begging people on the Isle of Man forums to post the results of the race, something is a little lax in the area of “planning.”
That said, here’s the footage and your official warning to Hold . On . Tight (ly).
Great new footage from the Isle of Man.
I saw one this morning that I was going to post, and I thought, “hold off, there will probably be another later today that is post-worthy.” I’m glad I waited.
From a twitter post by @BrammoSays:
Sweet. Coming to a Best Buy near you, on July 5, 2009. And by “near you,” I mean “if you happen to live in or relatively near Portland, Oregon.” So good to see that these are moving down the line.
The pic that was called to my attention earlier by another twitter user, @voicecoils, was this one, from last week:
That’s Mark Buckley and Roy Richardson, the riders for the Brammo Best Buy Racing Team.
I will update this post with any other post-worthy pics as the day proceeds.
Enjoy and celebrate… but be ready for Friday’s race!
The first picture is from the great photographer Amadeus, feature the TTR at the starting line:
The second, posted by @BrammoSays, shows the team rolling both bikes out to the starting line:
Still waiting to hear if they finished #3 and #4, or #2 and #3. Either way, it’s a testament to the talent and skill of the design and racing teams that both bikes finished. Only 10 of the 14 bikes that started today’s practice run were able to finish the race.
UPDATE: Race Results from TTXGP:
1) Rob Barber (AGNI) 26m41.39 84.819 mph (Sulby 102Mph)
2) Dan Kneen (ManTTX) 32m01.81 70.677 mph
3) Chris Petty (Barefoot Motors) 33m35.09 67.405 mph
4) Thomas Montano (Mission) 33m45.98 67.043 mph
5) Thomas Schoenfelder (XXL) 34m07.44 66.341 mph
6) Roy Richardson (Brammo) 35m47.76 63.242 mph
7) Mark Buckley (Brammo) 35m52.11 63.114 mph
8 ) Chris Heath (ElectroMotorSports) 36m26.47 62.122 mph
9) George Spence (Kingston) 40m44.77 55.559 mph
10) Paul Dobbs (HTBlauva) 41m53.00 54.050 mph
So Brammo bikes finish within five seconds of each other, but 9 minutes (and avg. 20 mph) slower than the winner. No biggie, as it’s just a qualifying run. And remember that the big picture is about how racing drives innovation on the production models.