Electric Comradery Continues After First TT Zero Practice
IOM published a summary of the first practice session of TT Zero, the zero emissions race of the Isle Of Man TT. As the report mentioned, Rob Barber on the #1 Team Agni X01 had the fastest practice time of the three teams that attended the practice session. Team Agni is looking good to defend their #1 plate. Mark Miller on the 2010 MotoCzysz e1pc finished second fastest after an all too familiar premature battery depletion close to the finish. Miller posted a 129 mph top speed before excessive throttle ran the ten 1.25 kWh packs dry. Michael Czysz (say “sizz”) is confident this will not happen on race day and he may be able to prove it today in the second practice lap. SERT Racing had mechanical issues that prevented them from completing the full practice lap.
I was able to get more information from Team Agni about the details of the practice session. At the TTXGP race at Infineon I had the pleasure to speak briefly with Arvind Rabadia, electric racing veteran and leader of Team Agni. He was in the pits with the Zero / Agni team but it was not uncommon to see him working his way up and down pit lane and even wrenching on the competing Mavizen bike. Team Agni not only inspired the design of the Mavizen bike, they also advised 3rd place finishing Electric Race Bikes on how to build their bike which finished 3rd at Infineon.
The generous nature of Team Agni continues in the TT Zero pits. HT Blauva suffered a motor failure and Arvind gave them a spare. Kingston University who had a DNF in the 2009 TTXGP at Isle Of Man fried a controller and Arvind gave them one of his spares. This type of commeradery was said to be common in the pits of the 2009 TTXGP and seems to be continuing in 2010.
Nine teams, nine motorcycles and 1 scooter entry from Peace e Rider are taking part in this years event. The second practice session is scheduled for today with the final race to be held this Wednesday at 4:30 IOM time (4:30 PM central)
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