Victory & title for Matthias Himmelmann (Münch Racing)
The German rider, Matthias Himmelmann strongly dominated the FIM e-Power & TTXGP combined event held this afternoon at the Le Mans circuit, in opening of the renowned FIM 24 Hours Endurance race. After eight laps, the Münch TTE crossed the finish line with more than 34 seconds ahead of Italian Alessandro Brannetti (CRP Racing Team) and Ho Chi Fung, the fastest rider from the Chinese team Zongshen.
In fourth position was Italian rider Alex Batistini (CRP Racing Team) who finished ahead of the American female rider Shelina Moreda (CRP Racing Team) and Yang Tu, the other Zongshen rider
The performance of electric powered motorcycle has significantly improved since last year. Matthias Himmelmann completed his fastest lap in 1'54.584 and set a time of 1'52.939 as pole position. In 2010, the fastest lap around the Bugatti circuit was completed in 2'19.
Having finished third in the 2010 edition of the FIM e-Power, Matthias Himmelman won the 2011 title with two wins and three podiums in four races.
Matthias Himmelman MÜNCH RACING (winner)
“This was a start to finish with a victory for the team. I gave it all my power as well as the power of the bike to push for the win and the result for the whole team is excellent. This is a real team effort; the win belongs to all of us. We have worked really hard to further develop this new bike after a disappointing result at Laguna Seca.
Alessandro Brannetti CRP Racing: (2nd Place)
“We are very happy, this is a great result for our team who worked really hard to give me a competitive machine for its class. Of course we know the Münch Motors are in a different league in terms of power and it would be a challenge to beat them so for us second place at this race is an excellent result. We are in front of all the other DC Bikes so we know when racing against the same technology and budget level we are the best. Our goal now is to work on the power train to gain more power in order to complete our next project, the road motorcycle, which will be launched as a concept vehicle in EICMA in Milan this year.”
Hi Chi Fung ZONGSHEN (3rd Place)
« I am very happy with the result because although we placed third in the race, the team actually had to work really hard and do their best to even complete the race and finish given it is a longer race than the bike is set up for. We put on a good show. ”
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