Steve Atlas returns to TTXGP with a win

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Pictured here is Steve Atlas, back from injuring his back and hand on May 4, riding to victory at the Portland International Raceway round of the TTXGP. Steve and this 130bhp Brammo Empulse RR achieved a resounding victory in a field that only included seven bikes after the two MotoCzysz entries suffered mechanical trouble.

Update: word from MotoCzysz.

More than a simple win in an under-contested race, the finish represents a return to form form the company after motor controller issue saw both Atlas and Steve Rapp suffer violent highsides at Infineon, resulting in injuries for both riders.

Atlas’s 1:17.768 best lap is still slower than Michael Czysz’s own 1:16.162, set last year on the E1pc or his team’s 1:15.839 time during practice for this year’s race in damp to drying conditions.

“We told TTXGP, day one, that PIR was scheduled too close to IOM to guarantee we could participate,” Michael Czysz told us yesterday. “We received the bikes from the shipper at 5:00pm Friday, before the weekend race. We did what we could, but had to show up with the IOM set up. Bikes were really fast even in damp conditions (4-5 seconds ahead of the field), but the IOM battery pack is not a power, but an energy pack and could not supply the current we needed. A complete meltdown was possible, so we parked them. The fact is, the bikes need to be set up for the task at hand, anything less (while risking significant damage) is just not professional.”

It’s also worth checking out Atlas’s new Icon Airmada helmet, due for public release later this year. It’s a new high-end model targeted at Arai and Shoei. Sure looks good in that houndstooth Brammo lightning bolt livery.

  • Scott-jay

    “…after motor controller issue saw both Atlas and Steve Rapp suffer violent highsides…”
    Shades of two-stroke road racing!

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    • Cockroach

      Same problem, but Im on my phone. Droid os.

    • Sean Smith

      When the motor cuts out under during full throttle acceleration, then cuts back in, you’re in for a surprise. Happened to me at Infenion riding the BRD around the Kart track and it scarred the shit out of me. Luckily, that bike makes like 30hp, not 130.

  • M

    that error^

  • smoke4ndmears

    That’s a sturdy looking suit. Plenty of big panels of leather… me gusta.

  • protomech

    “the finish represents a return to form form [sic] the company after motor controller issue [sic] saw both Atlas and Steve Rapp suffer violent highsides at Infineon, resulting in injuries for both riders.”

    That’s the first I’ve heard attributing it to a motor controller issue. At least initially, Rapp’s highside seemed to be due to leaking radiator coolant on the rear tire.

    At any rate.. good to see Steve Atlas back in the saddle after that pretty serious crash.

  • Your_Mom

    I went to the e-Grand Prix website looking for details but could not or did not see them. What distance/time interval are these races? I realize they’re sprints but are they 15 minutes, 20 minutes, etc. I’m trying to get an idea of the actual endurance – if it can be called that – of these bikes in a sprint.

    • protomech

      9 laps @ 1:20 per lap, give or take. So around 12 minutes. Empulse RR still had some energy left – so perhaps 15-20 minutes to depletion.

  • Tony T.

    It was an interesting race to watch. The Brammo walked away with it and ended up lapping the Zeros, who responded by honking their horns and urging their bikes to go a little faster by swinging their legs and generally looking like hooligans. I would definitely consider one of them for a city bike now. The Virginia Tech bike looked great but it just didn’t have the speed to keep up. I was really sad that the MotoCzysz bikes didn’t show up. Their twitter feed said something about “nothing less than perfection”, but based on their qualifying lap times I don’t think they had anything to worry about unless their Isle of Man battery packs were just toast. Totally worth the hellacious sunburn I got from sitting at turn 4 for the whole day.

  • Mitch

    The second I saw that livery I knew I had to have my trackbike wheels painted high viz yellow.

    I neeeed the Airmada. Release now! NOW

    • Tony T.

      Dr. Brown was rocking some hi-viz green wheels and a super 90′s teal blue/purple Dianese one-piece. I’m not sure I’m ready to follow the trend just yet.

    • http://twitter.com/metabomber Jesse

      Finally got my paws on an Airframe, and am in love. I can only imagine the Airmada will improve on it.

  • Scott-jay

    After Michael Czysz’s update…
    This ‘setup business’ reads like ICE tech.
    Disappointed here, because I’d imagined electric-bike tuning more about software than hardware.

    • Campisi

      The suspension and aerodynamic components probably require hands-on tweaking just as much as anything else, and if parts are worn-out or incorrectly-spec’ed they’d have to be physically swapped out. They may use a lot of electronics, but at the end of the day they’re still machines for making riders go.