It was a nail-biter at the electric motorcycle grand prix championship in Spain, where Matthias Himmelmann took the checkered flag by just seven-tenths of a second.
The German took pole position in qualifying for the inaugural TTXGP world title race but had to fight for the win against Italy’s Alessandro Brannetti of eCRP. Brannetti’s performance was especially impressive given the team experienced technical issues with the motor controllers in both of its bikes. He was leading by the sixth lap around Circuito de Albacete, with Himmelmann nipping at his heels before finally taking him midway through the race.
Himmelmann lapped the 3,593-meter track with a personal best of 1:43:871. Brannetti was close behind with a fastest lap of 1:44. Everyone on the grid lapped the track in less than 2 minutes. Jenny Tinmouth, who won the TTXGP UK series, took third for Team Agni. Team Zhongshen, the first factory-backed team on the grid, took fourth.
But as we’ve said before, the real winner is the sport of electric motorcycle racing, which didn’t exist in any real sense two years ago. The TTXGP drew 30-odd teams to a dozen races in six countries this year, and we’re looking at more of the same next year.
“When we held our first race in June 2009, battery-powered bike racing was unknown, untested and disbelieved – nobody knew where it was going,” said TTXGP founder Azhar Hussain. “Just 15 months later, we have set the bar across the world. Technology developed for TTXGP is the technology which will be used to take zero carbon transportation into our daily lives.”
For a full rundown on the qualifying session and race, check out David Herron’s coverage over at Examiner.com.
Photos: TTXGP. Above: Matthias Himmelmann and Munch Racing celebtrate winning the TTXGP world championship. Below: Chi-Fung Ho of Team Zongshen on his way to fourth place.