The Inaugural 2009 TTXGP
Hussain had no idea how many teams might show up to race, nor did he much care, just as long as somebody did. In all, 17 teams from six countries registered in two classes, the Best Buy Pro class and the Open class. Of those, three were unable to start the race -- mostly due to the financial problems of building a bike, amassing a team and bringing the whole entourage to the Isle of Man.
There's no limit on the number of teams that can participate in a TTXGP race, nor is there a limit on the number of bikes a team can run. Brammo, for instance, had two motorcycles racing in that first event. One ridden by Mark Buckley who eventually placed third, and the other, with Roy Richardson at the controls, that didn't finish the race.
The race was set at one lap of the nearly 38-mile (61.2-kilometer) circuit. As in every race, fuel management was a concern. This time, however, the fuel came in the form of battery packs. The charge had to last the length of the race and have enough power to pull ahead of the other bikes in the pack.
After less than a half an hour, the race was over. The Agni 101 ridden by Rob Barber had taken the grand prize with a time of 25 minutes 53.50 seconds, and a lap speed of 87 miles per hour (140 kilometers per hour). The first winner of the first electric motorcycle race on the Isle of Man was only six minutes slower than the holder of the gasoline-powered record at the time. Not too shabby for the first race.
There was a variety of experience levels represented at the TTXGP Isle of Man race, with some well-funded teams and others running on a shoestring budget. But, as Hussain pointed out, "The guy who won was the guy who'd been doing it the longest. Experience trumped money."
If you're inspired to give electric motorcycle racing a go, Hussain wants you to take the plunge, no matter what kind of funding or experience you've got. Read on to find out where the TTXGP electric motorcycle racing series will be headed in 2010.