By Dennis Chung
Michael Rutter broke John McGuinness‘ TT Zero lap record by more than 20 seconds and became the first rider to lap the Isle of Man TT‘s Mountain Course on an electric motorcycle with an average speed of more than 120 mph.
Riding the Mugen Shinden Nana, Rutter averaged a speed of 121.824 mph. To put that into perspective, only Michael Dunlop was able to put up a faster lap during the Lightweight TT held the same day, twice topping 122 mph.
Michael Rutter (Mugen/Team Mugen) at the Creg ny Baa during the TT Zero race. Photo by Dave Kneen/Pacemaker Press Intl.
Daley Mathison of the University of Nottingham team also put up an impressive effort, recording an average speed of 119.294 mph. Not only was that enough to take second place, Mathison’s time would have also beaten McGuinness’ previous record of 119.279 mph. That’s pretty good for anyone not named Michael Rutter, let alone a university’s faculty of engineering.
Daley Mathison (University of Nottingham) at the Creg ny Baa during the TT Zero race. Photo by Dave Kneen/Pacemaker Press Intl.
Finishing third to complete the podium was Lee Johnston on a second Mugen.
|2018 Isle of Man TT: TT Zero Results|
|1||Michael Rutter||Mugen||18:34.956||121.824 mph|
|2||Daley Mathison||University of Nottingham||18:58.600||119.294 mph|
|3||Lee Johnston||Mugen||21:26.668||105.566 mph|
|4||James Cowton||Brunel||23:14.934||97.372 mph|
|5||Adam Child||Moto Corsa/MCN||27:50.042||81.332 mph|
|6||Shaun Anderson||Brammo||30:16.155||74.789 mph|
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