[Due to technical difficulties, or more likely user error, this never posted as it should have last week. My apologies to MotoE for not getting the word out on time]
So here I am sitting in the Amsterdam Airport. Shortly after arriving I hooked my phone into the wifi in a desperate attempt to get my Delta app working and confirm the gate my flight to Norway is leaving from. Well, the app was telling me I was flying from the boondocks of Minnesota to St. Paul. Less than helpful. But I “checked in” (a nice social media feature on my windows phone) and Mike Edwards was kind enough to quickly pipe up and remind that the inaugural Moto-E race at Assen is this weekend, and that I wasn’t that far away. Agrhh, this job blows some times. I am actually here for work and simply on my way for another round of 35 days straight on the ship. I’m not going to be here for much more than an hour, much less hanging out for a race. I freaking wish.
Another thing is that maybe you heard Jeremiah Johnson has been selected as the rider (replacement rider I believe) for the University of Nottingham’s bike. No matter how you slice it, that’s just cool. The Moto-E series is run by one of the former TTXGP employees, which has disappeared like a gorilla in the mist, or a ninja. I can’t make up my mind which. If some of you enjoyed the European governing body style drama of days of old, I suspect this series will have a small dash of that ingredient. But, I’m OK, if that isn’t the case. It looks like Moto-E had a great launch at the Goodwood festival, so we shall see how participation is at the first round, and subsequent rounds this year.
In what seemed like the last bastion of the original elmoto racing series, the guy behind all of the media coverage for the Australian eFXC series announced they will not be continuing with their coverage for this year. And in even better news, I never finished editing those podcasts. As I was telling my grandfather, it amazing the amount of “manure” that piles up when you are gone for 5 weeks. There is actually an evish related blog post about some of this that is still unfolding. But it’s a personal experience and has nothing to do with motorcycles or racing. My poor 500 didn’t even have the cover lifted off of it accept to show it off to a buddy once. This working two jobs is for the birds, but it’s the price I pay for my cycling addiction. For those new to the site or with lives of their own, I work and my old job, a bicycle mechanic part time when I am home for my new job working out to sea on a ship.
Now, I was motivated when I got home to do for the site. One of the first things I did was check on what it would take to get my motorcycle and car licenses. Yes, I have been carless since 2009, and simply let my license expire back in 2011. Well, I could have gotten the temp licenses/permits, but the actual driver’s exams are backed up 2 months. So I had to cancel my trip to NY to test the Energica. Not that I ever got any word back from them at all about that event. Plenty of other folks got the info and showed up. Sutff like that can make a man paranoid, but se la via. Also, with no time to work on the 500, or ability to get my license in a timely manner, any attempt to get to the two eMotoRacing rounds were thwarted. What is evident is that working two jobs, and getting enough bicycle riding in to try to keep myself healthy, and supporting family, are all conspiring to take away focus from this site. It’s just a reality. I’m not giving up, but as I can see with my serious drop in traffic, you all know I’m not as gun-ho as I was. Which is cool. I think if I can get the bike shop down to one day a week when I’m home it will work out for this site. We’ll see, as it has to work out for everyone.
In the meantime keep an eye out at MotoE’s website for details on this weekend’s racing.