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TT Zero bike completes practice lap at more than 94mph

In the second practice session for TT Zero – the race around the 37.73- Mountain course in the Isle of Man for electric bikes – the leading team set an unofficial lap record of more than 94mph.
After an unofficial lap record of 94.664mph in the second practice session, it is possible TT Zero could see the first 100mph average lap of the 37.73-mile Mountain circuit for an electric bike during the 2010 Isle of Man TT.

Portland-based team Moto Czysz and American rider Mark Miller confirmed their position as race favourites for the 2010 TT Zero electric bike race at the Isle of Man TT races with a lap of 94.664mph on Monday evening.

The team recorded the fastest ever lap – albeit an unofficial lap record as it is not recorded during a race - for an electric bike, beating the 2009 race record of closest challenger Team Agni, who recorded 87.434mph average lap speed in winning the 2009 race.

Moto Czysz led from the start of the practice and were already over 17 seconds ahead of their nearest challengers ManTTx, ridden by James McBride, at Glen Helen with defending champion Rob Barber and Team Agni third fastest.

Martin Loicht's HTBLAUVA - XX Project, Kingston University, ridden by George Spence, and Mark Buckley on the Team Ecolve machine were also timed at over 60mph

Team Agni passed the Manx team before Ballaugh, but were unable to match the speeds of the Moto Czysz bike, which was clocked at 102.566mph to Ramsey, having been recorded at a speed of 131.1mph through the Sulby Speed Trap.

Barber's Team Agni also clocked over 100mph at Sulby.

Miller continued his impressive charge and was still just below the 100mph (99.974mph) at the Bungalow and eventually finished over 3 minutes ahead of their nearest challengers.

Team boss Michael Czysz believes that the team could still claim the £10,000 prize that the Isle of Man Government will award if a team can break the prestigious 100mph average lap speed around the course, but acknowledges that it is an uphill task.

He said:

“I'm really confident now with the bike and will happily not touch it now until the race. I think that the bike is capable of achieving the 100mph lap as we still have something in reserve but it will require everything going right on race day.”

Ten teams are participating in the 2010 TT Zero with SERT, the Swedish Electric Race team, unable to practice due to a malfunctioning engine. New parts are being rushed to the Island ahead of Wednesday afternoon's race.

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Mark Miller, on the Moto Czysz machine, recorded an average speed of more than 94mph on his electric bike during TT Zero practice at the 2010 Isle of Man TT.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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Elv22 - Unregistered

June 09, 2010 8:43 PM

100mph lap 40000 spectators asleep through boredom 1000 spectators to drunk to care 7 cats run over cause they couldn't hear the damn things several thousand tonnes of CO2 produced charging batteries

Scientist - Unregistered

June 10, 2010 10:37 PM

Great - one day they might lap faster than a 1950's Norton Manx... Here is what electric race bike development looks like: year 1: hurry up and build a bike year 2: work out the bugs and make sure it doesn't break down year 3 - 20: sit back and wait for battery technology to improve. As boring as the racing...

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