Thursday, June 25, 2009

FIM announces new race series for electric motorcycles

In another few years, Valentino Rossi may be working as a test and development riders for lithium-ion battery-powered racebikes like this one...!

Following the successful TTXGP held on the Isle of Man on June 12 this year, the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has decided to create an FIM Series for electric bikes in 2010. This new FIM Series will be run inside the Road Racing Grand Prix Commission and will be led by Azhar Hussain, founder of the TTXGP.

The FIM Series for electric bikes is aimed at providing an international platform for the development of electric racing bikes and the technology used therein. It will, according to FIM, ‘demonstrate that clean-emission transport technologies have matured and can be fun, fast and exciting.’

‘I am very happy with this new Series. The future of the sport depends on our capacity as well as that of the manufacturers to innovate quickly. We are convinced that very shortly, motorcycle racing world championships will be accessible to non-polluting engines. Now that this important decision is taken, we have to work on rules and calendar to be ready to compete in 2010,’ said FIM President, Vito Ippolito.

‘We hope this new championship will come to be seen as a milestone event in bringing new transportation technology to the world beyond motorcycling. We invite the best and the brightest in the world to join the global championship and be with us at the dawn of the next generation of motorsports,’ said TTXGP Founder Azhar Hussain.

In another 10 years, the IC engine might perhaps have disappeared completely and maybe motorcycle road racing will be all about lithium-ion battery-powered bikes. And we’ll still be missing those two-stroke 500cc racers which Schwantz, Rainey, Lawson, Doohan, Gardner and Rossi used to ride…
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