Another thing that came out afterwards was that the track that the race had been planned to go to for some time had not received the OK to host a motorcycle race last minute for safety reasons. After both series most successful races were combined series races, it seems to me unlikely that either party would want to ruin a good thing. However I have heard it said that among VPs in the FIM, there are a few that are pro electric racing, but at this time they are the minority. Interestingly enough, I have heard from the same source that it’s pretty much the opposite in the AMA.
The reality is that the FIM is a very large organization that represents many forms of motorcycle racing, and I seriously doubt that all the VPs support every thing that falls under their umbrella. So really, are electrics discriminated against anymore than another form. I doubt it, but maybe a bit; more because it is new, uncertain, and a risk than anything, I am sure. Now, because it is so big and has to represent so many people and interests it can only act so fast, and not do so in a very liberal manner. The TTXGP really is a run by Azhar Hussain with the help of maybe a handful of people. This allows the freedom of being flexible and giving teams some lea way, even if at the annoyance of other teams, fans, etc. Also, the TTXGP represents only one type of motorcycle racing, electric racing. This means they have a very vested interest in it being successful. This is a all of the eggs in one basket situation. The question is, does electric racing, at this point, have the momentum and footing to be run by an organization that has to balance it’s success against all of it’s other forms of motorcycle racing? Or, should it stay with an understaffed, not as organized, yet passionate organization within which everyone has a vested interest in its success? Or, does a third part (an electric MSMA?) need to step in and play ref while the two try to work together for the betterment of the sport?
Elmoto manufacturers need to start showing up to races that they say they will, and take a more active roll in this. The race series have been very good for them on both PR and R&D (when they show up anyay). I feel their success, or rather the speed of their growth, is directly linked to whether or not their bikes are on a track taking on other manufacturers. They really did almost single handedly kill the North American series this year. There was huge buzz coming into the first race this year. Infineon should have been what Laguna was. This type of behavior should not be tolerated. If it was up to me there would be at least one team told that they need not bother coming next year. But I am no where near as nice, nor as smart as Mr. Hussain