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Electric bikes near 100mph lap mark at 2010 TT
8 June 2010
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.
“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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