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FIM Announces New Electric Motorcycle Racing Series for 2010
In brief: The Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme, the sanctioning body of MotoGP and Endurance World Championship, is launching an all-electric racing series for 2010.
The FIM is the governing body of most motorcycle sports and is launching the new race series as part of an initiative to recognize both the new technology (and racers within it) and the growing trend towards greener, more eco-friendly vehicles.
Called the e-Power series, it will be held during the Endurance World Championship events.
In a move that stunned many, most of all the organizers of the TTXGP, the FIM did not include them in the new series. This is troubling, of course, for the eGrandPrix since the TTXGP was the first organized, multi-national electric motorcycle race.
The TTXGP people, including founder Azhar Hussain, were noticeably not pleased and said the exclusion of their racers by the FIM would only split energies better used working together.
Events have not been officially announced and no riders or teams have stepped forward as yet, but it is likely those announcements will come with the New Year.
And so ...
Electric racing has just had a big jump forward with the world's foremost governing body for motorcycle racing creating and endorsing an entirely new class of competition.
Photo credits: Rob Barber, AGNX Motors Team
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