Not that we needed any confirmation, but the MotoCzysz crew has announced its return to the 2013 Isle of Man TT, and as we expected the Oregon-based team will defend its record-setting win from last year’s TT Zero with again a two-rider team of Michael Rutter and Mark Miller.
Also announcing its intention to race in the new 2013 eRoadRacing World Cup, MotoCzysz has enlisted the help of Shane Turpin and Steve Rapp for riding duties at Laguna Seca, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Miller Motorsports Park.
For those who haven’t been following along, Shane Turpin holds the distinction of being the only racer (besides Michael Czysz of course) to have ridden both the gas-powered MotoCzysz C1 and the electric-powered MotoCzysz E1pc, the latter Turpin campaigned at Miller two years ago.
Also of note, Steve Rapp is the only rider to have beaten a MotoCzysz E1pc during a closed-circuit race, and the MotoCzysz crew hopes that with Rapp’s help, it can put the E1pc within six seconds of the slowest MotoGP machines at Red Bull US GP at Laguna Seca race weekend.
On the TT front, Rutter and Miller are more than acquainted with racing the MotoCzysz machinery at the iconic island event, however the duo has a lofty goal in front of them for 2013: a 110 mph lap on the Mountain Course. Over 5 mph quicker than the high-water mark Rutter drew last year, a 110 mph lap is a big reach for the electric squad, and would put them squarely in internal-combustion territory at the TT.
With there being no easy day, MotoCzysz will be given a run for its money will again by the Mugen squad, which has already showed off its revised electric superbike, the Mugen Shinden Ni. At the helm of the Japanese entry will be 19-time-TT-race-winner John McGuinness. No biggie.