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Electric Bike Speed Records Shattered in the Isle of Man TT Zero

John “Mr. Pint” McGuinness and Bruce “Almighty” Anstey have blown previous lap speed records to smithereens in the 2014 Isle of Man TT zero race, the all-electric event recently introduced in the race schedule of the Mountain course.
McGuinness aboard Shinden San 2014 3 photos
2014 TT Zero time sheetsJohn McGuinness, TT Zero 2014
In the absence of MotoCzysz’s machinery, it was team Mugen to claim the TT Zero crown this year, and the Mountain King added on more victory to his name, this time his first electric one. It was great seeing both riders lapping faster around the Snaefell in the actual TT Zero race than they had done in practice, with consistent improvements proving that the Shinden San has a growing potential. McGuinness was clocked a lap speed of 128.263 mph (206.375 km/h) at Ramsey hairpin, and eventually lapped 117.366 mph (18.841 km/h) at the finish line.

His team mate, Bruce Anstey was at 126.190 mph (203.039 km/h) at Ramsey, with 115.048 mph (185.112 km/h) at the finish line. The Kiwi rider had a fruitful TT, and is currently holding the outright speed record around the Mountain Course. During the Saturday Superbike TT, the 44-years-old New Zealand rider was clocked at 132.298 mph (21.867 km/h), dethroning the rather short-lived 131.671 mph (211.858 km/h) record posted by McGuinness last year.

The battle for third place was a fierce one, with Buckeye Current’s Rob Barber and Sarolea’s Robert Wilson separated by around 0.3 seconds. A position on the podium for Sarolea would have been truly amazing in its first electric TT, but it was not meant to be. With only 6 entries in the TT Zero, the time sheets were complete with Mark Miller for VercarMoto and Timothee Monot for ManxTTX.

As far as lap speed records go, there’s still the Senior TT to come, and we might see a new best lap in the most important race of the year. Follow this link for more photos of the Mission Motorcycles-powered Shinden San.

 
 
 
 
 

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