Following the success of the TTXGP race held on the Isle of Man on June 12, the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) has decided to create a FIM Series for electric bikes in 2010.
The FIM says the new series will provide an international platform for the development of electric bikes and the technology behind them. "It aims at driving low-carbon technological innovation forward, to demonstrate that clean-emission transport technologies have matured and can be fun, fast and exciting," the organization announced in a prepared statement.
"The future of the sport depends on our capacity as well as that of the manufacturers' to innovate quickly," says FIM President Vito Ippolito. "We are convinced that very shortly the motorcycle World Championships will be accessible to non-polluting engines as far as gas and sound emissions are concerned. Now that this important decision is taken, we have to work on rules and calendar to be ready to compete in 2010."
The new FIM Series will be managed by the Road Racing Commission, led by Azhar Hussain. Hussain, a U.K. entrepreneur, founded the TTXGP — the world's first low-carbon sanctioned motorsport event held on the Isle of Man TT course last month as part of the traditional TT race program. Eleven teams from six different countries, including the United States, India, Germany, Austria, United Kingdom and the Isle of Man took part in the race.
"With the success of the TTXGP on the Isle of Man, we have shown that low-carbon technology is ready to deliver the thrills and passion for both spectators and riders," Hussain says. "In partnership with the FIM, we are taking the next step and [are] proud to be pushing new frontiers in motorsports technology both on and off the track. Competition improves the breed, so we hope this new series will come to be seen as a milestone event in bringing new transportation technology to the world beyond motorcycling. We invite the best and the brightest in the world to join the global series and be with us at the dawn of the next generation of motorsports."
—Submitted by Guido Ebert