Macc’s speed is electric

John McGuinness in action in the TT Zero for electric bikes.  Picture: Pacemaker Press International
John McGuinness in action in the TT Zero for electric bikes. Picture: Pacemaker Press International
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JOHN McGuinness finished second in his debut race on an electric bike at the Isle of Man TT.

The Morecambe Missile also broke the 100mph barrier in the TT Zero race, for electric motorcycles, last Wednesday, June 6.

McGuinness was riding the Mugen Shinden machine for Team Mugen and having lapped at more than 96mph in the bike’s first ever lap of the Mountain Course in practice, hopes were high of challenging Michael Rutter for the race win.

In the end, the experience of Rutter’s MotoCzysz team proved too much but whilst he won the race and became the first man to break the 100mph barrier with a lap of 104.056mph, McGuinness was only 23.52s behind at the chequered flag having lapped at an impressive 102.215mph.

McGuinness said: “The TT Zero race was certainly something different for me and to break the 100mph barrier at out first attempt was really special.

“The guys at Mugen have built a really good bike, they’ve come here and completed two laps so they’ll have gathered plenty of data now and will certainly come back stronger next year.

“There’s plenty more to come from the bike and I was only using 50 per cent of the energy available as the main priority was to finish the race.

“When I got to the Bungalow, I was able to increase it to 60 per cent and I was whizzing along so perhaps if I’d have pushed the button a little bit sooner maybe we would have been closer.

“Ever since I first rode the bike at Motegi, I’ve enjoyed every lap I’ve done on it so it’s nice to get a podium and split the Motoczysz bikes – I’m sure we’ll come back next year and have another good go.”