McGuinness to ride for Team Mugen at TT races

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SEVENTEEN time TT Races winner John McGuinness has been confirmed to ride the Mugen EV motorcycle that Team Mugen will race at this year’s Isle of Man TT.

M-Tec Company Limited President Mr Shin Nagaosa publicly unveiled the electric bike at the Suzuka racetrack in Japan recently.

The motorcycle on which McGuinness will make his debut in the zero-emission SES TT Zero Challenge race is an all-new ground-up design from Mugen that features a carbon fibre frame and swingarm.

The bike has been designed specifically to tackle the island’s iconic thirty-seven and three quarter mile mountain course.

The bike, which has been christened Shinden, which means electricity of God, will be one of the early favourites to become the first electric bike to average a 100+mph lap of the course and with John McGuinness, who holds the outright lap record of 131.578mph set in 2009 on a Honda Fireblade, the team has every advantage.

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