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Mugen confirms McGuinness, Anstey for TT Zero quest

Isle of Man TT stars John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey will again spearhead Japanese team Mugen's bid at the world famous event in 2015
Japanese team Mugen has confirmed that John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey will again compete in the SES TT Zero Race in 2015.

McGuinness won the race for the first time last year to earn his 21st Isle of Man TT victory, with Kiwi Anstey taking the runner-up spot to seal a Mugen 1-2 in the ground-breaking electric motorcycle race.

Team Mugen's 2015 machine has been named 'Shinden Yon,' which translates as 'God of Electricity, number 4'. The machine has been newly developed to improve on last year's 'Shinden San' model and will be exhibited at the 2015 Tokyo Motorcycle Show in March.

Akihiro Miyata, Mugen's team Director, said: “The challenge of participating in the Isle of Man TT electric motorcycle races, which is a new discipline to us and completely different from our core strengths as a manufacturer and developer of high-speed internal combustion engines, started in 2012 as our unique project to foster young engineers and conduct developments in a new area.

“We achieved our initial goal of 2014 which was to exceed an average speed of 115mph (185 km/h) and in doing so captured the long-sought after victory, with a one-two finish for the team, in a time that beat the previous record lap record in the TT Zero Challenge class by more than one minute [00h 19m17.3s].”

Three qualifying sessions have been confirmed for this year's SES TT Zero Race on Friday and Saturday June 5-6 and Monday, June 8, with race day on Wednesday, June 10.

Mugen made its TT debut in 2012, achieving a 104mph average lap speed and last year John raised the outright lap record for the Zero class to 117.336mph, becoming the first rider to break the 20 minute-bracket for an electric bike, with Anstey following him home with a speed of 115.048mph.

To date, the pair are the only riders to have lapped the 37.73-mile Mountain Course in a time of under 20 minutes.

Mugen's Satoshi Katsumata and Director Akihiro Miyata will represent the 'Shinden Yon' team on the Isle of Man.

Related Pictures

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Mugen riders John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey at the 2014 Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during the Classic Superbike race at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.
Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston in the winners` enclosure following the 2015 500cc Classic TT
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW in the Senior TT.
Ivan Lintin won the Lightweight TT on the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki.
Bruce Anstey, William Dunlop and Daley Mathison were the top three in the SES TT Zero race.
Bruce Anstey won the SES TT Zero race on the Mugen.

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February 04, 2015 1:56 PM

its terrible to think every time McPint wins this its another TT win eroding into Joey's record of hard fought and won 26 tt's against major opposition. Frankly I think this should be classed as a demonstration of technology advancement only and should never had TT status.


February 10, 2015 7:17 PM

Yossarian- one lap of the TT course against virtually no professional opposition. Most of the entries in the race are by nurds working out of their garden shed. Definately not a race and for Mcpint to accept it as a TT win shows he is scraping the bottom of the barrel. I think you knows in his heart of hearts he has little chance of winning a 'real' TT against the young lions.

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