As I said in last night’s post, only one of the two TTX75 teams that were scheduled to race this weekend will be showing up. Well, now make that none. On a hunch I posted on VA Tech’s Facebook page, and this is the thoughtful reply I received:
Virginia Tech BOLTUnfortunately we will not be making the trip out to Infineon this weekend. While we were testing at PIR on April 12th we discovered several issues the most prevalent being feedback in the motor when the rear wheel was unloaded, and unexpected shut off. Without these issues resolved our rider was not comfortable riding the bike in a race setting and so we decided to postpone our TTXGP debut to one of the later races this summer (most likely Miller). That being said we made another trip to PIR this past weekend for the NESBA track day where besides thoroughly confusing the safety technician we made considerable headway against our problems. The shut off issue has been eliminated as an overheating issue that only occurs in a testing scenario after several cycles of charging and discharging. The motor feedback is inherent to the method of motor control we are using and has been diminished but not eliminated completely. On a brighter note the handling of our bike more than surpassed our expectations and several of the gas bikes could not keep up with us in the corners. While the design process has already begun for our ’13 bike it is our plan to keep the current bike intact because it is so close to race readiness. So keep your eyes out for it in the near future.21 hours ago · Like
Micah Lee PIR=Pittsburgh International Race Complex, not Portland International Raceway
In typical elmoto racing style entrants are falling by the waste side. However, there still should be 7 bikes showing up. It is a hard line for us to walk here at esbk.co. At least for me, as I don’t want to discourage the new teams as they do what previous teams have done (Mission, Lightning [only this race last year], and Amarok, to name a few). I will be straight, it is very disappointing. But at the same time stuff happens. It’s just harder to watch the second time around.
Well, the chase for the Award will still be close as neither team will be there this weekend. I guess the moral of this story is build your bike in the fall and test it all winter and spring. So far in the TTX75 vs. eSS face off, the eSS appears to be winning.