Laguna Seca FIM e-Power entry list

Brammo Empulse to make racing debut

story by Motorcycle.Com Staff, Created Jul. 16, 2010
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The International Motorcycling Federation has released the entry list for the July 25 Laguna Seca round of the e-Power electric racing series.

The Laguna Seca round will feature 12 entries, which will be larger than the grids of the series’ first two races combined. The five entries that competed in both the April 16 race at Le Mans in France and the May 22 race at Albacete in Spain will be in Monterey, Calif., to race in the Laguna Seca round. They will be joined by seven new teams.

With 2004 AMA Superstock Aaron Gobert chosen to ride the race-spec Empulse RR at Laguna Seca, Brammo shows it is in it to win it.

Brammo is expected to draw some attention with the race-spec version of its newly unveiled Empulse streetfighter. Former AMA Superstock champion Aaron Gobert will pilot Brammo’s Empulse RR entry.

Michael Czysz will race on his company’s MotoCzysz E1pc. With a claimed top speed of 140 mph, the E1pc won the TT Zero in the 2010 Isle of Man TT, falling just short of the 100 mph lap bounty.

Michael Czysz will ride the TT Zero-winning MotoCzysz E1pc in the e-Power race at Laguna Seca.

Zero Motorcycles will back K Squared Racing and its rider, Kenyon Kluge, the company’s director of engineering. Kluge, who finished fifth in the TTXGP’s first North American race at Infineon Raceway, will ride a modified Zero S.

Chip Yates of Swigz.com Pro Racing and Mike Hannas of ElectricRaceBikes are two more TTXGP teams that will take part at Laguna Seca. Zoe Rem, who became the first female racer to reach a TTXGP podium with a second-place finish at Road America, will also race at Laguna Seca. Rem’s podium came while riding for Agni, but this time she will return to Pril Motors, her team at Infineon Raceway, riding a modified Kawasaki motorcycle.

Ely Schless of Oregon’s Barefoot Motors will race for Pro Moto Racing.

Firefighter Thomas Betti currently leads the e-Power Championship standings after winning in Le Mans and finishing second in Albacete. He’ll be joined by his father, Luciano Betti, who finished third in Spain.

Thomas Betti (115) leads the FIM e-Power Championship.

American Reiner Kopp of Munch Racing is currently second in the standings, but he will not ride for the team at Laguna Seca. He’ll be replaced by Matthias Himmelmann.

Christian Amendt of Epo-Bike.de is third in the series standings, but the team may not be able to travel to California after the company providing its travel arrangements declared bankruptcy.

Albacete race winner Thijs De Ridder rounds out the European entries.

The Laguna Seca round of the FIM e-Power Championship will take place July 25 as part of the U.S. Grand Prix.

The FIM e-Power International Championship Laguna Seca Entry List
No. Rider Nation Team Machine
3 Michael Czysz USA MotoCzysz MotoCzysz E1pc
8 Ely Schless USA Pro Moto Racing Proto Moto
15 Mike Hannas USA ElectricRaceBikes.com EGP
17 Christian Amendt Germany EPO-bike.de Honda
18 Zoe Rem USA Pril Motors Kawasaki ZX600e
19 Aaron Gobert Australia Brammo Brammo Empulse
22 Thijs De Ridder Belgium Crystalyte-Europe.com DR Motors
38 Luciano Betti Italy Betti Moto Betti Moto
49 Matthias Himmelmann Germany Münch Racing Münch
89 Chip Yates USA SWIGZ.com SWIGZ
96 Kenyon Kluge USA K Squared Racing Zero S
115 Thomas Betti Italy Betti Moto Betti Moto

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