FIM E-Power Returning to Laguna Seca
The FIM e-Power round at Laguna Seca is scheduled for July 24, when the Monterey, Calif., circuit also hosts the MotoGP and AMA Pro Racing. Laguna Seca was part of the inaugural FIM e-Power series in 2010 but was not confirmed when the preliminary 2011 calendar was released in March though the July 23-24 weekend was tentatively included on the schedule.
The Laguna Seca e-Power round had the largest entry field in the series’ five-round 2010 season. The other rounds, all based in Europe drew an eclectic mix of teams but the American round attracted U.S. based manufacturers and teams including the race’s winner Michael Czysz of MotoCzysz and eventual 2010 TTXGP North American Champion Michael Barnes of Lightning Motorcycles.
Meanwhile, the June 18-19 Hungarian round at the Hungaroring in Mogyorod, near Budapest was removed from the schedule. The Hungarian e-Power race was supposed to run the same weekend as the FIM Sidecar World Championship. Both the e-Power round and the Sidecar round have been canceled without a replacement.
The 2011 FIM e-Power series will therefore have just five rounds instead of the initially scheduled five. The first round, held April 16-17 at Magny Cours in France alongside a FIM Endurance World Championship round, was won by the 2010 TTXGP European Champion Alessandro Branetti of eCRP.
2011 FIM e-Power International Championship Calendar
- April 16-17 – Magny Cours, France
- May 14-15 – Schleiz, Germany
- July 24 – Laguna Seca, USA
- Aug. 20-21 – Donington Park, UK
- Sept. 24-25 – Le Mans, France