Mugen Teammates Shatter Previous TT Zero Lap Records
History was made on Monday when Mugen's rider, John McGuinness, had the fastest lap time ever in TT ZERO electric motorcycle racing, 115.598 miles/hr. McGuinness and Mugen teammate, Bruce Anstey, both shattered the previous record, of 112.355 miles/hr set by Anstey on Saturday, in which he broke McGuinness's record lap speed from Friday of 111.904 miles/hr.
Both McGuinness and Anstey rode fast through the whole race. They were clocked, at the Sulby Speed Trap, at speeds nearing 160 miles/hr, a little slower than their pace on Friday indicating the riders may have been conserving energy to have a faster overall lap speed. By the Ramsey Hairpin McGuinness's lap speed was 127.344 miles/hr, with Anstey not far behind at 125.074. Climbing the mountain - the TT ZERO is a 38 mile loop around the Isle of Man, and climbs a 1,500 foot mountain at the mid-point - didn't slow the two as much as on previous days. By the Bungalow (on top of the mountain) their lap speed had slowed to 123.08 miles/hr, and 121.271 miles/hr, respectively. At Cronk-ny-Mona the lap speed had slowed further, to 119.174 miles/hr and 117.117 miles/hr, respectively.
Coming in 3rd was Sarolea's Robert Wilson, with a 91.467 miles/hr lap speed. Would-be challenger for 3rd, the Buckeye Current team, missed today's qualifying race. They posted an explanation Facebook, saying that they were performing a field redesign of the battery pack, and the bike wasn't ready yet, and they would be ready on Wednesday to give Rob Barber full power.
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