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A 1st Look At The FIM E-Power Race, And Probably Last

12
April
2012
  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  Electrical Racing
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Magny-Cours, France
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As you may gather form the title, I am not amused. I planned to spend the weekend covering the 1st leg of the FIM Open link in a new window e-Power race, electric race motorcycle, in the world championship.

To my surprise, and dismay, there are only three teams present at Magny-Cours. I heard from the stewards that it's an improvement, since last year there were only 2 electric motorcycles. All three racers are German, so it's not even an international race.

It's a pity that FIM is not throwing in a lot of their weight to promote the category. Paying for teams to attend (like the USA ones), would make the event much more interesting. I for one, am not planning to get up early in the morning to see the qualifiers or even the race, since it's not a real race if there are only 3 bikes. It's more a comical farce.

Walking through the paddocks, I eventually stumbled upon one of the 3 teams, however, this team has 2 bikes, so in fact there are only 2 teams present.

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This is the team of Katja Poensgen, a very able German female rider.

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Last minute adjustments. No these guys to have access to the pit lane, everything is done outside in the paddocks and fields.

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Almost ready for the first free practice.

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And off they go, all three of them. Eerie silent, even at high speeds (and they do go fast). The FP pace was 2.02 and 2:15 for the Munch team, and 3:36 for the EPO racing team (by comparison, the best Bol d'Or bike is doing 1:41)

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Nice style, but not that aggressive. Have a look at the same place but in the Bol D'Argent category (the three hours race).

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Knees down, all the way...

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... but nice nevertheless...

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This one looks more like an electric moped...

Anyway, as bikes go, they are very fast, and very silent. I also shot some video, so hopefully I'll get the time to edit it and show it to you. I am (still) impressed by electric motorcycles, but not by the race category. It's a waste of space and time, so don't expect much more of it in the next few days.





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