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Michael Rutter achieves 100mph TT milestone on electric bike

'It's absolutely awesome and it's fantastic to do it' - Michael Rutter
Michael Rutter rode into the history books as he became the first rider to complete a 100mph lap on an electric-powered motorcycle at the Isle of Man TT races.

Rutter, riding the American MotoCzysz machine, achieved the milestone with a lap at 104.056mph.

The British Superbike rider pocketed a cheque for £10,000, which was up for grabs to the first competitor to complete the feat.

Rutter beat John McGuinness on the Japanese Mugen Shinden machine, with his team-mate and 2010 winner Mark Miller finishing third.

Only four bikes finished the one-lap race, with Rob Barber taking fourth – some six minutes behind McGuinness.

Rutter narrowly missed out on the chance to collect the £10,000 prize a year ago after he lapped at 99.64mph, but made amends with his third victory on the Mountain Course.

“It's absolutely awesome and it's fantastic to do it,” he said.

“You want it to be dry around here and the problem is you don't know where the damp patches are until you get there.

“If you're peeling into a corner and there's a wet patch, then it's too late.

“But we got away with it and it's brilliant. I might give John [McGuinness] ten quid from the cheque!”

McGuinness, who was competing in the TT Zero race for the first time in its four-year history, said he was delighted to put the Mugen machine on the rostrum at the first attempt.

“This bike had never turned a wheel around here and we'd only had one lap in practice, so we've got so much more data now to bring back for the future,” he said.

“The main priority for us was to finish and we did. The team has done a fantastic job and I thoroughly enjoyed it."

Miller was the fastest rider through the speed trap at Sulby on his MotoCzysz machine at 132mph.

All three riders broke the 100mph barrier, with McGuinness lapping at 102.215mph and Miller at 101.065mph.

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June 07, 2012 3:06 PM

What a load of tosh, electric bikes are an exciting new prospect. You have to forget the internal combustion engine and look at it with fresh eyes. This technology is less than a decade old unlike the traditional motorcycle which has been in development since the early 1900's. It took 70 years to go over 100mph on petrol engines. These bikes have taken 4. Granted only the powerplant is different and the modern suspensions etc have helped but there is no need to be so damned pesimstic about what is undeniably the future of personal transportation. We should be excited by the fact that electric bikes are going to be developed in a racing arena because atm electric cars look like slow dogs. As for range, it will come around, so will charging times, but even now these bikes are far more sustainably viable than petrol powered bikes.


June 07, 2012 4:35 PM

Yep but then I'm the sort of person who gets excited by great engineering feats and mankinds ventures towards new horizons. I can see how this must be a terribly mundane thing to a lot of people. Don't worry though theres shiny things on the TV later oh and Big Brother is backkkk :) I for one really want a go on one of these, screaming along at breakneck speeds is of-course incredible fun but from what I've heard riding these things at great speed in sombre silence is quite an experience 'like flying' is what I think one of the riders said. I really don't ride a bike for the noise after all.

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