Blue Grass Resident Brian Richardson And Team Electra Take Second In Canadian Race

Blue Grass, VA – Brian Richardson and Team Electra traveled to Mosport International Raceway, about 60 miles east of Toronto, Canada and brought the second place trophy back to Blue Grass, Virginia. On the two and one-half mile road course, the Electra made its best showing yet in the third race of the TTX Grand Prix series for electric motor cycles.

A few weeks ago Team Electra had placed third at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for its first podium finish. Expectations were high this past weekend as the team made its way to Mosport. Richardson says they had to make modification to the bike to deal with an overheating problem.

These changes allowed rider Thad Wolf to better manage the motor temperature. The result was a bike that performed very well in qualifying and in the race. Competitor team Lightning’s bike is a much heavier machine with a motor three times the size of the Electra. When classes are established in electric motorcycle racing in the future, the team Lightning bike will be in a different class.

Next for Team Electra is a race at Virginia International Raceway near Danville the weekend of August 14th and 15th. That will conclude the TTX Grand Prix races for electric motorcycles in North America. The world championships are being held in Spain the last week of October.

Team Electra is working race to race continuing to raise funds for the next race on the schedule. They hope to run the race in Danville and even make it to the world championships in October. At present those are just hopes. But you can’t count this resourceful group out, they have overcome great obstacles already and have many amazing accomplishments to cherish. There’s a good chance they will run more races before the year is out.

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Heather Niday

Heather is our Program Director and Traffic Manager. She started with Allegheny Mountain Radio as a volunteer deejay. She then joined the AMR staff in February of 2007. Heather grew up in the Richmond, Virginia, area and now lives in Arbovale, West Virginia with her husband Chuck. Heather is a wonderful flute player, and choir director for Arbovale UMC. You can hear Heather along with Chuck on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8pm as they host two hours of jazz on Something Different.

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