Swigz Racing Pits Electric Against Petrol Bikes in 2011

swigz_racing 2010 was an amazing year for electric bikes. Electric motorcycles took the Isle of Man course for the first time. The TTGXP and the ePower series both set records for electric motorcycle racing. But still, many people in the motorcycle world have doubts about the speed, power, and future of electric motorcycles. All that could be put at rest on January 9th, when an electric motorcycle competes directly with the petrol bikes at the Auto Club Speedway in California.

Swigz Racing claims to have the most powerful electric racing motorcycle in the world. Swigz says that their bike can hang with the MotoGP bikes, and is the “world’s most powerful and technically advanced electric superbike.” On January 9th, they’ll get their chance to back up their claims.

The Swigz racing bike wasn’t able to compete in the TTGXP or the FIM series this year because of its weight, so this will be one of the first true tests of the bike on a competitive racing circuit.

“We have to thank WERA Motorcycle Roadracing for inviting us into their series. Our electric motorcycle will compete head on with real racing superbikes such as the Ducati 1198 and KTM RC8 as well as other established manufacturers, and we expect to show the world that electric technology can achieve lap time parity with petrol superbikes,’ says Chip Yates, the bike’s rider and owner of Swigz Racing. “We’re not going on track to make up the numbers; we’re going out to compete in order to raise our game and catch up to these petrol guys.”

The Swigz Racing battery powered bike will compete at various WERA Road Racing events this year. It will compete at Miller Motorsports Park, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and many other tracks this year. Yates says that his bike has a better power-to-weight ratio of current 600cc bikes, and by the end of the year, could have a power-to-weight ratio comparative to 1000cc bikes.

Is motorcycle racing about to change? The electric vs petrol battle begins on January 9th.

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Team Betti Moto Wins FIM’s Environment Award


Electrical motorcycles are getting faster and more efficient everyday. These green machines are now being recognized for their environmental impact. The International Motorcycle Federation has just awarded Team Betti Moto the Environment Award for 2010.

The independent jury for the 2010 FIM Environment Award, which consisted of Mr. Andrzej Witkowski, Member of the FIM Board, Ms. Jill Savery, Olympic Gold medalist and environmental consultant, and Mr. Christopher H. Cordey, expert in sustainable strategy development, chose from nine candidates that were up for the Environment Award. The FIM chose Team Betti Moto from Italy for its work in the development of electric motorcycles.

The FIM gave Team Betti Moto the Environment Award for the following reasons:

  • Recognizing electric motorcycling is part of the future of motorcycling and is clearly linked to environmental protection by reducing emissions
  • Social aspects relate to educating young people about the negative impacts of thermic engines on the environment
  • Team Betti Moto have committed themselves to electric motorcycling since 1998: they have shown personal will, tenacity, dedication and commitment, both financially and with their time, to develop electric motorcycling and they became the first FIM e-Power International Championship winner
  • Team Betti Moto has clearly shown environmental and technical innovation

Team Betti Moto won the first annual ePower Championship this year.

The FIM also gave a special mention to the Circuit of Catalunya. Catalunya obtained a certified environment management system, which reduced the environmental impact of the circuit.

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Ioda Racing Unveils Their Moto3 Machine

Ioda TR001 Moto3 Racebike At the Estoril round of the FIM MotoGP Championship in late October, Italian outfit Ioda Racing held a press conference to reveal their Moto3 project bike to the world. Ioda has been instrumental in the success of several young racers inside Italy, and now they want to take on the best the world has to offer. Ioda already has a confirmed entry in the 2011 Moto2 series – run with spec-Honda 600cc engines and a purpose-built chassis – and now they have produced a bike to run in Moto3 – the replacement series for the 125cc two-stroke Grand Prix which will run 250cc four-stroke motorcycles and be implemented in 2012.

The Ioda Moto3 entry is called the TR001; it has a 250cc single-cylinder engine developed by TM Racing, an Italian company which mostly builds engines for off-road and supermoto bikes, and an aluminum chassis developed in house at Ioda. To improve the performance of the eventual race version, it will undergo development testing during the 2011 season by participating in select rounds of the Italian National Championship – thanks to the Italian Motorcycle Federation allowing Moto3 spec machines to race in the 125cc (normally only two-stroke) class next season. Ioda Racing's Moto3 Project Leader Giampiero Sacchi

The motivation behind this move seems to be former Aprilia race manager Giampiero Sacchi, who appears determined to get back to Grand Prix racing as soon as possible. Sacchi, as General Manager of the entire TR001 project, was at the unveiling and revealed the details of the Moto3 plan. He further stated that the concept will also call for a low cost to any team and rider who wish to use the TR001 to compete for the Moto3 World Championship in 2012. For more, please go here: http://www.iodaracing.com/en/

Look for more of these announcements to come soon – 2012 and the new FIM rules will be upon the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix before we know it.

Written by J.C. Current, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

It’s All in the Helmet – Arai Helmets Dominate AMA Pro Racing

arai_helmets If you’re comparing racers, or debating about how someone has a better chance of winning a race, you’re probably going to talk about their bike. About the engine, the tires, the brakes, etc… But what if I told you that it all comes down to the helmet.

Sure, I wouldn’t be telling the whole truth, but I could still make a compelling case. Riders wearing Arai Helmets this year won four of the five AMA Pro Racing Championships.

Arai helmets were worn by the champions in the Superbike, Daytona Sportbike, SuperSport East, and the XR-1200 series this year. Arai racers also claimed three second place finishes in the five classes.

In the Superbike series, Arai helmets claimed 15 of 19 wins. 7 of those wins came from the AMA Superbike champion, Josh Hayes. 5 came from Tommy Hayden, and the other three from Blake Young. It was Arai’s first Superbike championship since Nicky Hayden won in 2002.

Arai also helped Elena Myers claim her historic win in the Supersport division this year.

So is it all in the helmet? No, there are plenty of other things that go into making a championship racer. But it doesn’t look like wearing an Arai helmet hurts.

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

MotoGP to Join AMA Pro Racing Series at Laguna Seca in July

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

laguna_seca For the 7th consecutive year, the MotoGP riders will join the AMA Pro Racing Series at the Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca. The event will occur on July 22-24th, and will feature all three classes in the AMA Pro Racing Series.

The 2010 event was a weekend to remember, as racing fans got to see the legendary Valentino Rossi race around the Laguna track for the first time since his accident. Fans also saw a heartbreaking moment for Dani Pedrosa as his bike faltered near the finish line and he crashed out of the lead, giving the race win to Jorge Lorenzo. Of course, that heartbreaking moment was worth it for fans, who then got to see Lorenzo dress up in a spacesuit and moonwalk across the track.

That would have been enough for any racing fan, but the crowd at Laguna Seca also got to see Ben Bostrom steal a win in the AMA Superbike from battling rivals Josh Hayes and Tommy Hayden.

This year’s event was great, but next year’s series already has excitement building. With Rossi moving to Ducati, and Ben Spies moving up to the Factory team, the competition in the MotoGP is bound to be as intense as ever. And this year’s AMA Superbike series is going to be decided in the final round, making next year a season of redemption or revenge for Josh Hayes and Tommy Hayden.

“The best riders in the world and the U.S. will once again be together to treat our fans to incredible on-track action,” said Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. ”Having Americans Ben Spies on the factory Yamaha team and Nicky Hayden on the factory Ducati team – I can only hope for one of our own on the top step of the podium.”

“Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca represents the true heart and soul of motorcycle road racing in the U.S.” said Bob Starr, Communications Manager of Yamaha Motorsports Group. “And to have both the Yamaha MotoGP and AMA teams together at our home track is very special for all racing fans.”

American fans don’t get the chance often enough to witness the MotoGP in action, but next year, for the 7th consecutive year in a row, fans will be able to watch their American favorites and their world favorites on the same stage.