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Zero TT First Practice

Despite a lengthy delay to the race programme of the 2010 TT's opening day, the TT Zero electric bike teams got their first taste of action.
Following a weather delayed race day, the TT Zero electric bikes finally got onto the course at 8.25pm for the first practice session at the 2010 TT Races.

Ten machines are confirmed to compete in the 2010 TT Zero race, the second time electric bikes have run at the event, including London based Ecolve, Agni Racing who have two bikes, University teams Brunel and Kingston, MotoCzysz from America, Isle of Man-based ManTTx Racing, Austria's HTBLAUVA – XX Project, SERT (Swedish Electric Racing Team) and Germany's
Peace E Rider.

TT riders participating include Mark Miller, Jenny Tinmouth, George Spence, Rob Barber, Martin Loicht, Paul Owen, James McBride, Mark Buckley, Chris Palmer and Shaun Gilbertson.

The teams are chasing a £10,000 prize the Isle of Man Government has put up for the first team to record a 100mph lap around the 37.73-mile course, a feat first achieved by Bob McIntyre in 1957 on a conventional bike.

American Miller on the MotoCzysz E1PC quickly set the pace in the first qualifying session with a time of 93.390mph to Glen Helen, closely followed by Team Agni's defending champion Rob Barber who recorded 91.586mph at the first timing point.

Miller extended his lead to Ballaugh with a time of 96.327 and was recorded at an incredible 99.520 at Ramsey with Rob Barber not far behind at 96.670.

Chris Palmer recorded 80.913 to be tucked into third place.

However the battle royale for first practice honours ended when the MotoCzysz effort encountered problems and faltered after Cronk ny Mona leaving Team Agni and Rob Barber to record the fastest lap at 84.875mph.

The Americans at least had the consolation of completing their first lap on the Isle of Man with a time of 74.668mph.

The second TT Zero practice takes place on Monday with the race scheduled for 4.30pm on June 9.



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Dave - Unregistered

June 07, 2010 12:19 PM

Whilst I am a fan of the ZeroTT I am not a fan of limiting the powertrains to electric drive only. If it is truely a 'zero emissions' race then they should allow all power sources to compete on the proviso that they meet zero emissions testing. Also, electricity comes from in the majority of cases fossil fuel power stations - hardly in the spirit of zero emissions. Open up the playing field and get some hydrogen bikes or pneumatic bikes out there. It's a start but they really should branch out - it is pinning all its hope on one idea. Let them all compete and the cream will rise to the top.



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