FIM eRoadRacing World Final Cancelled; Winners For the Season are Icon Brammo in NA and Zongshen in Europe
NOV 22 2013 BY MARK KANE
FIM and TTXGP announced recently that the 2013 FIM eRoad Racing World Cup Final is cancelled.
For us, it was almost certain this would be the case because we didn’t hear of a date ever being set for the World Final race (it’s possible however that we missed the announcement, but very unlikely).
Anyways, FIM and TTXGP stated that:
“The final was originally set to take place in India this November as a support race for WSBK at the Buddh International Circuit. Unfortunately the WSBK Indian Round that was scheduled to take place on 17 November has been cancelled.”
So, the WSBK Indian Round cancellation destroyed the FIM eRoad Racing World Cup Final and, according to FIM and TTXGP, the time constraints made finding a new venue for the world final impossible.
Azhar Hussain, CEO of TTXGP, said:
‘The decision to cancel our world final was not one we have taken lightly. Unfortunately we have exhausted all our options to reschedule this event and have been left with no option but to cancel this year’s final and concentrate on making 2014 our best season yet.”
Okay. There were so many problems with the racing calendar for TTXGP in past few years that we are now accustomed to this.
In a separate announcement, FIM published two separate classifications with regard to the rounds in North America (2 races) and the ones in Europe (4 races in 3 rounds).
In North America the winner is Eric Bostrom from Icon Brammo. In Europe, it’s Ho Chi Fung from Chinese team Zongshen.
“The 2013 FIM eRoad Racing series saw records broken on both continents with new race-lap records set in Laguna Seca, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Valencia, Oschersleben and Le Mans. In North America, Bostrom’s win at Laguna put him ahead in the series from the first race while Chi Fung dominated the European series with three first-place finishes.”
“The European winners’ teammate also took second in the series following Su Rong Zai’s consistent podium places in Europe.”
Eric Bostrom, FIM eRoad Racing North American Cup winner 2013, said:
“The development we have seen in these bikes year-on-year is just amazing. It has been a real pleasure racing in the series with Brammo, the team have been fantastic and Shane was very fast as well. Now I can’t wait to see how the bikes will perform in 2014 because I want a world championship!”
Brian Wismann, Brammo Team Manager, added:
“Team Icon Brammo is proud to take home a third North American winner and continue our reign as World Champions through to the 2014 season. Congratulations to Eric Bostrom as he’s definitely put in the effort to deserve this award. We wish we would have had a bit more competition but it didn’t stop us from continuing to develop the bikes into more formidable race machines and achieving our technical goals. We’re looking forward to seeing who steps up to challenge the Empulse RR in 2014.”
Ho Chi Fung, FIM eRoad Racing European Cup winner 2013, said:
“This has been a great season for electric motorcycles and it’s an honour to be crowned European Series winner. I want to say thank you to all the team who all put in so much effort to make this happen. Now we’re looking forward to improving the bike ahead of next season. We want to win this championship again.”
Daniel Chung, Zongshen Team Manager, added:
“We’re obviously very happy with our season, we have seen a lot of developments with the AC-motored machine and it has been a real learning curve. Now we want to take want we have found into next season and keep developing these bikes to become the fastest out there.”
Next year, the plan is to take FIM eRoad Racing across the globe with seven races across three continents.