A barnstorming performace lights up the podium
29th July 2012
TTXGP Press Office
Fog may have delayed the race by a few hours but it didn't put a dampener on the mood along the pitwall at this seasons only TTXGP North American joint round with FIM epower. The weekend delivered a thrilling race at arguably one of the most technical and mythical courses on the planet.
Michael Barnes on the Barracudea Lightning Machine; fully charged with electricty generated by the solar panels thanks to the new sponsor Barracuda Networks, had a fantastic start storming into the lead from the get go. He was clearly a man on a mission, out to wipe out the memory of the previous two outtings at the track where he had been pipped at the post by rival Michael Czsyz. The plan worked and he delivered an incredible performace banishing the consistency issues faced by the team in the opening round of the season.
Taken from the post race press conference... Interviews with winning TTX75 rider Robert Hancock and eSuperstock winner Kenyon Kluge will follow shortly.
1 - Michael Barnes, USA (Barracuda/Lightning) – 14’32.060Compared to last year the race speeds closer to the practice times?
“We were not about to lose this one, we have worked hard on the Barracuda Lightning l bike to hold enough energy for the whole race, I can’t thank my guys enough for all the development work they have done on the bike my team have worked very hard to give me a great bike this year and the support we have gotten from Barracuda Networks has really helped. From 2 years ago we have improved 12 seconds 4 second quicker than last year. That speaks for its self. Richard Hatfield has put in his heart and soul and I can’t thank him enough hopefully it will pay off for all of us soon.”
I was looking at the top speeds during the race and did i see 144 MPH hour...
140 mph was hit in qualifying which is faster than any 600's out here. The bike does feel more like a
1000 as far as the torque is concerned....the sky's the limit with electric power, we will eclipse something soon. I don't when or how but we are going to make our mark with the electric industry that’s for sure.
What’s the next step racing wise?
“A bit more parity with more motorcycles so we can have a better show. This wasn't as much of a runaway as is has been in the past. I also manage my power a bit better; it’s a real temptation; but to just be on the throttle and go as fast as you can all the time is not a winning strategy. We are hoping with advances in battery technology, we will achieve the next step, lighter packs that hold more energy so before long we will be in the super bike distance races...”
2. Steve Atlas, USA (Team Icon Brammo) – 14’34.963
Compared to qualifying times you were putting some really fast times in the actual race?
“Yeah, I only got to one lap in qualifying due to 15c resistor part in the bike not working. And I only did 3 laps in the first practice so the race was all new for me as I didn't get much track time before hand. for first few laps, I stuck behind Eric as though he is on the same bike I am on so I should be able to do what he can do but unfortunately he had some trouble and I just feel in the groove and I was surprised by how quick we were going but my team Icon Brammo did a great job and worked really hard to prep two bikes for this weekend with the bike a huge improvement over last year. Probably 7 or 8 seconds faster than last year. It was fun out there trying to keep Barney in sight. It was cool to not have a huge runaway as there was in the past and it is really cool to have a new team mate in Eric and i am excited for the rest of the year. Once the battery technology catches up we will give the gas bikes a run for their money.
You’ve ridden many bikes, in many different classes, and here you are in an epower race. It's an interesting concept. What do you have to say about it?
3 - Eric Bostrom, USA (Team Icon Brammo) – 14’44.858
“I only rode the bike a week ago and I said to the team if I don't like it I am out. But just pulling out of the pits and coming out of the race track, it put a big smile on my face and surpassed all my expectations; I am still coming up to speed on how to ride the bike and it may have caught me out a little bit. With Barney setting a blistering pace it was cool to see the other Brammo up there and my team mate Steve pushing me to go faster. The biggest disappointment for me was not being able to keep Barney honest and push him to the end."
"The feel is the similar to a normal motorcycle. We have teething problems with a new motorcycle that’s all it is. I am sure if asked somebody like Kenny Roberts then he would say the same thing about a gas bike that is at this stage of development."
Do you miss the noise? It must be very strange for you to ride without the noise?
It is strange, but you feel like more than ever that you are in your own little world, the sensation of not having engine rpm to gage what you should be doing so there is a feeling of 'oh man they have taken away some of sensations' but on the flip slide you have more sensation and more feedback from the asphalt so you are getting better feedback to i can actually hear and feel the rotors on the bike.
|2||58||Steve ATLAS||USA||Team Icon Brammo||2012 EMPULSE RR||14'34.963||133.678||2.903|
|3||32||Eric BOSTROM||USA||Team Icon Brammo||2012 EMPULSE RR||14'44.858||132.183||12.798|
|4||49||Matthias HIMMELMANN||GER Münch Racing TTE||MÜNCH TTE||14'48.385||131.659||16.325|
|6||65||Katja POENSGEN||GER Münch Racing TTE||MÜNCH TTE||14'56.804||115.931||1 lap|
|7||72||Robert HANCOCK||USA||Virginia Tech||HONDA CBRE||15'48.618||109.599||1 lap|
|8||96||Kenyon KLUGE||USA||K Squared Racing||ZERO||16'35.131||104.476||1 lap|
|9||11||Ted RICH||USA||Zero Motorcycles||ZERO||16'35.474||104.44||1 lap|
|10||64||Jeremiah JOHNSON||USA||BE:EV.com||BE.EV.COM - LELI||14'43.477||102.97||2 laps|
| Not Classified |
|18||Ely SCHLESS||USA||Promoto||HONDA RSE||13'54.208||109.051||2 laps|
|Race condition: Dry||Pole Position:||Michael BARNES||1'33.860||138.461 Km/h|
|Air: 14°||Fastest Lap:||Lap 7||Michael BARNES||1'35.319||136.342 Km/h|
|Humidity: 86%||Circuit Record Lap:||2011||Steve RAPP||1'33.194||139.451 Km/h|
|Ground: 18°||Circuit Best Lap:||2011||Steve RAPP||1'31.376||142.225 Km/h|
|12:15'00||SIGHTING LAP START|
|12:23'00||WARM UP LAP START|
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