It was a historical day today in the fledgling field of electric motorcycle racing.

From FIM press release:

Victory for Thijs de Ridder (Crystalyte) in Imola

Thijs de Ridder (Crystalyte Europe) had no choice but to win in Imola in order to keep his chances of clinching the very first FIM e-Power International Championship intact. He wins the race after a six-lap duel with Matthias Himmelmann (Münch RT) on his Münch 2. Another Munch ridden by Stefano Scrocchi completes the podium ahead of Thomas Betti (Betti Moto).
This fourth-place was sufficient for Thomas Betti to maintain his leading position in the title chase. Thus, the Italian won the very first FIM e-Power International Championship title, leading Thijs de Ridder by one
point. It needs mentioning however that the latter did not participate in the first race in Le Mans, won by Betti.
Thomas Betti and his father Luciano started off the race badly with a 20 seconds stop and go penalty for being late in the warm up lap. However, Christian Amendt’s ( withdrawal half race made that
Thomas Betti won the title thanks to this fourth position.

FIM e-Power International Championship – Imola Race

1. Thijs de Ridder (BEL/DR Motors/Crystalyte 1’’40.898 (121,03 km/h)
2. Matthias Himmelmann (GER/Müch 2/Münch Team) at 0 ?703
3. Stefano Scrocchi (ITA/Münch Team) at 1’22.608
4. Thomas Betti (ITA/ Torpedine Evo/Betti Moto) at 1’45.887
Luciano Betti (ITA/Betti Moto Torpedine)
Christian Amendt (GER/
Fast lap
Matthias Himmelmann (GER/Müch 2/Münch Team) 2’25.533 (122,1 km/h)

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The FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) founded in 1904, is the governing body for motorcycle sport and the global advocate for motorcycling. The FIM is an independent association formed by 101 National Federations throughout the world. It is recognised as the sole competent authority in motorcycle sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Among its 49 FIM World Championships the main events are MotoGP, Superbike, Endurance, Motocross, Supercross, Trial, Enduro, Cross-Country Rallies and Speedway. The FIM also deals with non-sporting matters such as leisure motorcycling, mobility, transport, road safety, public policy and the environment. The FIM was the first International Sporting Federation to enforce an Environmental Code in 1994.


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