Luck Favors the Prepared…
And so, we were feeling very well prepared heading into what could very well be the last event for the season for the race team (as of this writing, no word on a “World Final” from eRoadRacing). Richie and Craig had completed all prep work on the Empulse TTX and RRs about a week in advance, a new record of preparedness for the team.
We had even tested our latest improvements on our Brammo/Eltek DC “Supercharger” set-up that we have been developing during this season’s races. It made its first debut at Laguna Seca, allowing us to top off the bikes during the long qualifying session, and now allows us to bring our infrastructure with us to the track. This allows us to charge the bikes faster and be much less dependent on the existing infrastructure at the track, a problem [...]
Although it’s over 3 hours and 200 miles down the road, we consider Thunderhill to be the “home track” for the team as we’ve spent so much time there developing the bikes. It’s also a convenient track for our sponsor and motor development partner, Parker-Hannifin, to get to from their offices in Sonoma County. Having had an eye-opening, but successful first run in the AFM Round 2 at Sonoma, we were excited for the opportunity to see how we faired at a track a little more suited to the strengths of our bike. The long back and front straights along with a very fast section of track from Turn 6 to 10 provides the opportunity to stretch the legs of the RR and make use of its horsepower advantage over the 600s, 750s, and up to 1,000cc V-twins we compete with. Going into the weekend, however, we knew we had whole seconds to shave off of our previous best lap times at T-Hill in order to be truly competitive. Luckily, we had an [...]
With two very successful tests in the books and a strong start to the 2013 season under our belt, it was time for Team Icon Brammo to take on something new; time to forge a new frontier so to speak. But where this frontier is new for us, it’s actually considered more old school to most. Yes, just like you probably read online or heard in some internet chat room, we would be taking on gas bikes this year and doing so in one of the most competitive club racing series’ in the nation: AFM. With a list of former riders that includes the likes of Steve Rapp, Chuck Sorensen, current Daytona 200 winner Cameron Barbiuer, as well as my current teammate Eric Bostom, there is never a shortage of fast guys that call AFM home. And just to make things a bit harder, we decided to race them in their backyard, at none of than what’s now called Sonoma Raceway, formerly Infineon Raceway and before that, for you old timers [...]
After the last test we had a couple weeks off. And after my first day spent back in the saddle, it was good to get my head wrapped around just what’s going on. Processing this always takes a bit, so a short break between tests wasn’t a bad thing at all. If anything, it allowed us riders and the team so time to get things in order to make the most of our second test at Thunderhill, which took place this past Monday.
We ran in conjunction with Z2 Trackdays once again and they did a great job. On a side note, my good buddy Cameron Beaubier made a cameo appearance and it was really good to see the kid. Not to mention congratulate him on his recent domination of the Daytona 200. [...]
Well, where do we start? If you have been paying attention to electric motorcycle racing and the TTXGP Series in which we race you know that while things started off a little rough for Team Icon Brammo in 2012, they really couldn’t have ended up much better. To come back from a massive high-side in the opening round, one that fractured six vertebrae in my back and took part of my right pointer finger off, to not only win the North American Championship for the second-straight year, but to also take the TTXGP World Championship at Daytona in October in our first try at it was quite amazing. Add to that the addition of former AMA Supersport and Formula Xtreme Champion Eric Bostrom to the team mid-way through 2012 and things coming into 2013 couldn’t have been looking too much better.[...]
You may have seen our recent post on Instagram of our TTXGP eGrandPrix World Champion “Snaefell” trophy. Do you know what a “Snaefell” is? If you are a race fan, you most likely do! The trophy is named after the Snaefell Mountain Course which is the road-racing street circuit used for the Isle of Man TT. This race is the oldest in history, and some say the most prestigious. The course is about 38 miles long and cuts right through town! At speeds of up to 130 miles per hour (record set by John McGuinness), it’s quite a rush for racers and spectators. The Snaefell Mountain Course was host [...]