AMA sanctions TTXGP

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Hell For Leather can exclusively reveal that the American Motorcyclist Association has decided to welcome TTXGP into the mainstream racing fold, officially sanctioning the series beginning this year. This is a huge leap forward for electric motorcycle racing, effectively legitimizing it in the eyes of sponsors, teams and fans. It also puts the nail in the coffin of the rival FIM e-Power series, TTXGP now has the keys the world’s largest motorcycle racing sanctioning body’s castle. In fact, the AMA is FIM North America.

“The AMA will prove to be the catalyst for us to properly engage local, state and federal governments, international governing organizations and the court of public opinion,” says Azhar Hussain, the founder and CEO of TTXGP.

“We’re eager to work with the organizers and race teams that are leading the development of electric-powered competition motorcycles,” stated Joe Bromley, the AMA’s director of racing. “The TTXGP North American Championship will showcase technology that will potentially play a significant role in the future of racing.”

What this means is that TTXGP is now a legitimate race series in the same vein as AMA Pro Racing. In turn, that makes it easier for TTXGP to attract sponsorship, coverage and participants. TTXGP is now the de facto place to race electric motorcycles.

The FIM and TTXGP have been slowly making up this year after a false start to a collaborative race series dissolved and the FIM stole TTXGP’s rules. The two ran competing series last year, with FIM failing to attract much in the way of participation at any event aside from the one-off at Laguna Seca MotoGP. Last month it was announced that the two bodies would again be collaborating, with the lack of details indicating that the relationship is still strained.

Photo: Paul Bresk

Why should you care? Not only does this remove a barrier to electric motorcycle development, but it adds a strong incentive for larger teams and larger companies to become involved. More participants, more money and more interest means more rapid development of electric motorcycle technology which means we’ll be seeing more and better electric products that much sooner.

“We feel this is a fantastic step in the acceptance of zero-carbon motorsport,” concludes Azhar.

TTXGP’s first race in North America this year will be at Infineon on May 14 and 15. You can get $10 off the price of entry by visiting the TTXGP website.

  • Jason

    Hopefully this also means better restroom security.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Fingers crossed.

      • http://pinkyracer.com pinkyracer

        hopefully NOT! There needs to be a TT in that restroom, not just some dumb burnout. It’s a proper 1/4 mile oval! I’m riding up from LA. You?

    • Trev

      lol

  • Tony

    It just seemed INSANE to me that electric racing – with scattered disorganized teams and no real following whatsoever – had two independent series’ rather than combining forces into one watchable series.

    I’m looking forward to it . . . now if only they can talk Chip Yates into doing some real racing instead of that side-show . . .

    • Noah

      Side show? He is kicking ass in races against awesome combustion bikes against (I assume) pissed off competitors. Can you imagine if somebody in formula one showed up with an electric car? And spanked the majority of everyone else? People would have a fit and find a way to exclude him. I think Chip Yates is the upset that we all need. He’s in the spotlight that will help re-define expectations and that’s great.

      • http://www.ClevelandCycleWerks.com scottydigital

        Noah / I think Tony was saying it is good Yates is kicking ass in a real racing series instead of making an exclusive electric race. That is how I read it.

        • Noah

          Oh yeah, I suppose beer sometimes gets in the way of detecting irony… My bad.

      • Scott-jay

        Can’t everyone just race together?
        Motorcycle racing is fragmented to pieces now. Series competing with series for fans, sponsors, and restroom monitors.

    • Dr. Gellar

      A major reason Chip Yates is doing his “side-show” is because both the TTXGP and FIM e-Power series created a rule for a maximum weight limit for electric racing motorcycles. The SWIGZ.COM machine is heavier than the allowed weight maximum for either series, so it has been made illegal.

      If they dropped this silly rule, I’d bet Yates would race in one of the e-bike series (likely TTXGP).

  • Azhar

    Wes, you’ll need to leave a depo for the restroom keys.

    Best bring a credit card.

  • http://pinkyracer.com pinkyracer

    wootwoot! very exciting news!

  • Dennis

    “…Somewhat less carbon motorsport.” Somewhat less.

    Just saying.

    • Ilya

      +1

  • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

    Best news I’ve heard all day, week, maybe even all month. And the fact I heard it here first makes me reach a difficult conclusion: the Godfather always liked you best.

    Damn you to hell, Hell For Leather!

  • Gene

    The ’70s called… they do NOT want their picture back!

    • robotribe

      Dude, ease up. That’s my 4th grade teacher in that photo. She was a fox (in context)!

    • F

      I’d take one of those shirts though!

  • jeb

    i want one of those shirts

    • James Dean Meyer

      +1

      • jason

        +2

        • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

          +3

          • Kevin

            +4

            • http://www.pedalgents.com holdingfast

              +5

  • Thom

    E/V’s . Be they cars , motorcycles , trucks what ever . At this point in the evolution of technology they are irrelevant , non viable ( a splash on the Salt does not equal viability for the general public ) as well as an expensive and a waste of resources that could be better used for the advancement of the ICE , alternative fuels etc.

    Thats just this mans opinion , and I’m sticking to it till proven otherwise .

    • Myles

      Combustion engines. Be they steam, gasoline, diesel, what ever. At this point in the evolution of technology they are irrelevant, non viable (a splash on the Salt does not equal viability for the general public) as well as expensive and a waste of resources that could be better used for the advancement of horses, donkeys, camels, etc.

      That’s just this man’s opinion, and I’m sticking to it til proven otherwise.

      • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

        Horses. Be they Palomino, Arabian, Clydesdales, what ever . At this point in the evolution of technology they are irrelevant , non viable ( a splash on the Salt does not equal viability for the general public ) as well as an expensive and a waste of resources that could be better used for the advancement of better harnesses for our women to carry us and our belongings from place to place and better spurs and whips to provide them with adequate motivation, etc.

        Thats just this troglodyte’s opinion , and I’m sticking to it till proven otherwise .

        • Bronson

          AWESOME!

        • Peter.C.

          In Tears. +1

  • Bronson

    Thumbs up to the AMA and best of luck to the TTXGP!

  • http://www.anotherdamndj.com evilbahumut

    I just want the mustache and the shirt

  • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

    Definitely thought this post was about the AMA negatively sanctioning TTXGP. Like, UN Sanctions against Insert-Brutal-Dictatorship-Here. Gotta remember to properly caffeinate before reading.

  • Erik

    AMA is “world’s largest motorcycle racing sanctioning body” ??? Somebody want to explain this?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      They sanction more races than anyone else.

      • Erik

        Hmmm, they don’t sanction anything where I live, or most of the rest of the world.

  • Deryl

    The question now is how can the AMA get Harley Davidson into electric racing so the can bend the rules for them.

  • Taco
  • T Diver

    This is good. More motorcycle racing in the US is good. Furthermore, I don’t see how this is a misguided waste of resources. (Someone mentioned that their efforts should be spent looking into alternative fuels blah blah blah…) These people race motorcycles. They are not energy researchers. It not like they are going to stop making electric motorcycles and go clean up radiation in Japan. Go buy a shirt and relax.

  • http://plugbike.com/ skadamo

    Go A!