Thursday, September 3, 2009

Nürburgring: World Superbike, meet eGrandPrix… eGrandPrix, meet World Superbike

This weekend marks the first time eGrandPrix electric racing motorcycles will be raced ridden in the same weekend as a premier international motorcycle road race. And what better place for this historic event than the iconic Nürburgring

The Hannspree World Superbike Championship at Nürburgring is historically, a fairly well attended (41,000 fans in 2008) round of the WSBK series. It’s very likely the German round will see a larger turnout in this year with BMW’s new-for-2009 S1000RR Superbike in the fray, and piloted by popular riders Troy Corser and Rueben Xaus (replaced by Richard Cooper this round).

Just like the eGrandPrix America event at Mid-Ohio in July, this event is being billed as an exhibition. According to the eGrandPrix blog, bikes and riders from the inaugural TTXGP, along with some newcomers will ride the legendary track during the weekend events.

It’s unclear which day or what time the exhibition lap will be run, but the entire weekend should see a decent crowd in the stands at any given time. It will be very interesting to see what kind of reaction the eGP bikes get while on the track, and the general level of interest and interaction in the paddock.

We’ll keep our eyes peeled, and update as we hear more…

Photo: Haga on the 2008 Yamaha at the ‘ring, via

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