The Championships up to now.

Yeah, yeah, so I haven’t been on top of the beginning of the season.  I plan to try to rectify that slowly, but first, lets see where we are at the moment.

FIM e-Power

They were the first out of the gate with a race, and that’s pretty much all of the excitement.  eCRP is not racing this year (or at least in any series I know of) so Muench has no one to really push them.  This year the e-Power series consists of five races, the last three of which are combined events with the TTXGP.  So far they have raced at Magny-Cours and Hungaroring.  In Magny-Cours only 3 bikes showed, and 2 of them were Muench bikes.  Muench added a second rider this year.  She is Katja Poensgen, a former Euro SuperStock 750 and 250GP rider.  It seems she is still getting up to speed, but I think we need to be watching for her at Laguna.  The third is team EPO Bike ridden by Christian Amendt.  Also a German team, they are off the pace of the Muench, but at least they are there.  I am sure bike is progressing in leaps and bounds.  Anyway, here’s how the first 2 rounds looked after the checkered flag:

Round 1

CL Dossard Pilote Country Manufacturer Time Delay Score
1 49 HIMMELMANN MATTHIAS de MUENCH TTE 15m42s953 25
2 65 POENSGEN KATJA de MUENCH TTE 16m14s422 31s469 20
3 36 AMENDT CHRISTIAN de NC 17m33s657 1m50s704 16

Round 2

CL Dossard Pilote Country Manufacturer Time Delay Score
1 65 POENSGEN KATJA de MUENCH TTE 25
2 4 AMENDT CHRISTIAN de EPO BIKE EPO BIKE 32s904 20

Himmelmann’s bike had an issue with its 12V battery during the race, and the bike failed to finish.  As you can see Amendt was much closer to Poensgen this time around.  Whether that is due to improvements to the bike, the track, or both, I do not know.

Championship Standings

Pilots ranking
# Name Country Total
FRA
HUN
1 POENSGEN Katja de 45 20 25
2 AMENDT Christian de 36 16 20
3 HIMMELMANN Matthias de 25 25
Manufacturers
# Name Country Total
FRA
HUN
1 MUENCH TTE de 50 25 25

I will add this.  So far I seem to be completely off on my prediction that Muench was going to have a monster bike.  Although it has been said that one bike has a new motor and the other a new pack they are testing, and Himmelmann has not yet shown the bike’s true potential by playing the same ol’ tactic of sitting on second place and then mugging them at the end, times have not really improved over last year.  Again, Laguna will force them to show their hand.

TTXGP

Australian Series

The Aussies were the first to race for the TTXGP this year.  I had thought we would see a bigger grid, but just Ripperton and Catavolt made it to the first round.  However, both bikes appear to have been dramatically improved over the winter.  For the best information on this series visit evmotorcycle.org.  Here’s the results from the first round:

Round 1

Results

2012 FX NATIONAL SERIES
ROUND 2 – WAKEFIELD PARK
APRIL 21 & 22
Date: 21/04/12
Event: R06
Weather: Fine & Partly Cloudy – Temp: 24.8C
Track: Dry – Temp: 22C
eFXC
Race 1
PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION
Started at: 13:51:39
Laps: 4
Starters: 2
Printed at: 15:33
Pos No Gr Name Machine Laps Time Behind Fastest On Lap
1 46 Daniel SAILER (NSW) / Ripperton Racing Yamaha R1 4 5:11.417 1:15.607 2
2 100 Jason MORRIS (NSW) / Solar Power Australia Catavolt 4 5:11.913 .496 1:16.169 3

Fastest Lap was 1:15.607 by Daniel SAILER (NSW)

Current race record for eFXC class – 1:20.608 by Daniel SAILER (NSW) on a Yamaha R1 set on 08/10/11

2012 YMF LOAN YAMAHA AUSTRALIAN FX-SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
ROUND 2 – WAKEFIELD PARK
APRIL 21 & 22

Race 2

Date: 22/04/12
Event: R22
Weather: Fine & mostly cloudy – Temp: 16.1C
Track: Wet – Temp: 18C
eFXC
Race 2
PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION
Started at: 13:20:08
Laps: 4
Starters: 2
Printed at: 13:26
Pos No Name Machine Laps Time Behind Fastest On Lap
1 100 Jason MORRIS (NSW) / Solar Power Australia Catavolt 4 5:12.388 1:15.852 3
2 46 Daniel SAILER (NSW) / Ripperton Racing Yamaha R1 4 5:13.592 1.204 1:15.633 3

Fastest Lap was 1:15.633 by Daniel SAILER (NSW)

Current race record for eFXC class – 1:20.608 by Daniel SAILER (NSW) on a Yamaha R1 set on 08/10/11

North American Series

Well, as usual it has been a relatively exciting, yet unexpected season.  There really never seems to be a lack of drama or “WTF” moments in this series.  Right off the bat we had no less than nine bikes expected to show up at Inifinion Raceway.  However, both TTX75 bikes did not make it, cutting it down to the two Lightning bikes, the lone Brammo, and no less than 4 Zero S ZF9s.  The Zeros were in the new, and exclusive to NA, eSuperStock class.  Well, the Brammo, with it’s new motor, not only high-sided Steve Atlas in Friday’s practice, but then high-sided Steve Rapp in Saturday’s qualifying too!  After having rebuilt the bike once, the team packed it up for the weekend, leaving them with no points and little data for the weekend.  Then the Lightning bikes took turns actually finishing each race.  It was a 2 race round, so the points got distilled at the end.  Here are the results.

Round 1

Race 1

Pos Nos. Name Team Laps Diff Total Time Best lap
1 80 Michael Barnes Lightning 8 15:46.948 1:51.548
2 5 Martin Szwarc Martin Szwarc 8 2:10.726 17:57.675 2:11.428
3 96 Kenyon Kluge K Squared 7 1 lap 16:16.636 2:13.022
4 7 Kyle Schumacher Ritz Racing 7 1 lap 16:30.108 2:19.537
5 619 Ernest Montague Ritz Racing 7 1 lap 17:05.143 2:23.605
6 89 Tim Hunt Lightning 2 6 laps Retired

Race 2

Pos Nos. Name Team Laps Diff Total Time Best lap
1 89 Tim Hunt Lightning 9 17:40.937 1:55.942
2 5 Martin Szwarc Martin Szwarc 8 1 lap 18;05.551 2:10.748
3 96 Kenyon Kluge K Squared 8 1 lap 18:13.873 2:14.629
4 7 Kyle Schumacher Ritz Racing 7 1 lap 18:44.123 2:19.070
5 619 Ernest Montague Ritz Racing 7 1 lap 19:13.168 2:23.208
6 80 Michael Barnes Lightning 2 DNF Retired 1:50.96

Round 1 points

Pos Nos Name Team Race one Race two Weekend total Championship points
1 5 Martin Szwarc Martin Szwarc 20 20 40 25
2 96 Kenyon Kluge K Squared 16 16 32 20
3 7 Kyle Schumacher Ritz Racing 13 13 26 16
4 80 Michael Barnes Lightning 25 DNF 25 13
4 89 Tim Hunt Lightning DNF 25 25 13
6 619 Ernest Montague Ritz Racing 11 11 22 10

Now, it is my understanding that there was supposed to be a manufacturer’s championship as well, especially where most teams were bringing more than one bike, but I do not know how the points will be added up.  So here is my math using a few different methods for Round 1:

Manufacturer All bikes counted Top 2 bikes counted FIM rules
1 Zero 71 45 25
2 Lightning 26 26 13

Then the series went to PIR which is effectively a home race for Brammo.  Lightning did not show this round.  Word is from Electric Race News that the bike wasn’t back from the Isle of Man at that time.  4 Zero bikes showed up again, with almost all different riders, and in the TTX75 award class, bikes in the form of Virgina Tech’s Team Bolt and ProtoMoto showed up.  10 bikes were scheduled to be there, and 9 showed.  That’s pretty good, and shows an improvement in the series.  Here’s the results:

Round 2

Pilot

Team

Number

Total TIme 

Best Time

Position

Steve Atlas Team Icon Brammo 1 11:49.901  (9 laps) 1.17.768 1
Matt Kent Virginia Tec Bolt 72 12:27.921  (8 laps) 1.32.613 2
Ely Schless ProtoMoto 18 13:03.608  (8 laps) 1.36.009 3
Troy Siahaan Motorcycle.com 111 13:32.065  (8 laps) 1.38.249 4
Chris Page OMRRA Racing 9 13.32.218  (8 laps) 1.38.400 5
Kenyan kluge K Squared Racing 96 13.32.437  (8 laps) 1.37.668 6
Don Headrick OMRRA Racing 69 11.51.599  (7 laps) 1.37.727 7
Christopher Ancien Moto Czsyz 12 DNS  –
Michael Czsyz MotoCzsyz 11 DNS  –

So now, again by my math, the riders championship looks like this:

Pos Name Team Championship points
1 Kenyon Kluge K Squared 30
2 Martin Szwarc Martin Szwarc 25
2 Steve Atlas Team Icon Brammo 25
4 Matt Kent Virginia Tec Bolt 20
5 Kyle Schumacher Ritz Racing 16
5 Ely Schless ProtoMoto 16
7 Michael Barnes Lightning 13
7 Tim Hunt Lightning 13
7 Troy Siahaan Motorcycle.com 13
10 Chris Page OMRRA Racing 11
11 Ernest Montague Ritz Racing 10
12 Don Headrick OMRRA Racing 9

And using my math again, the current manufacturers points using 3 different methods.

Pos Manufacturer All bikes counted Top 2 bikes FIM rules
1 Zero 114 69 38
2 Lightning 26 26 13
3 Brammo 25 25 25
4 VT Bolt 20 20 20
5 Proto Moto 16 16 16

I think it is very interesting that Kenyon Kluge is the only rider to actually race at all the rounds.  What does that do for someone?  It gives them the championship lead.  And that catches us up with the North American Series.  [whew]

European Series

It is mere days until Round 2 of the European series finds itself in Snetterton, so maybe it’s good timing on my part, for a change.  We have only had one round in this series so far and 5 bikes showed up for the first race.  It would have been 6 if the Muench’s second rider hadn’t had a previous contractual engagement.  Zongshen, Linden Racing, and Team Fiver joined the lone Muench bike on the grid.  Not bad for the first race of the season in Europe.  Here’s the results:

Round 1

Pos No. Name Laps Total time Diff Best time In lap Best speed
1 49 Matthias Himmelman 17 14:38.981 50.274 2 131.973
2 59 HoChi Fung 16 14:40.669 1 Lap 53.648 15 123.673
3 26 Tang Yu 16 14:50.603 9.934 54.486 3 121.771
4 53 Peter Lindén 16 15:18.109 37.440 55.901 4 118.688
5 5 Stefan Bernström 14 15:28.300 3 Laps 1:03.931 6 103.781

Rider’s Championship using my math:

Pos No. Name Points
1 49 Matthias Himmelman 25
2 59 HoChi Fung 20
3 26 Tang Yu 16
4 53 Peter Lindén 13
5 5 Stefan Bernström 11

Manufacturer’s Championship using my math:

Pos Manufacturer All bikes counted Top 2 bikes FIM rules
1 Zongshen 36 36 20
2 Muench 25 25 25
3 Mavizen 24 24 13

There, I think that about covers it.  I hope you find this helpful, interesting, and fun.  KTRSD.

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