With Sunday’s session cancelled on the account of rain, today’s combined practice/qualifying session for the 2012 SES TT Zero started under ideal conditions. With over 10 bikes starting from Glencrutchery Road, it was Michael Rutter on the 2012 MotoCzysz E1pc who lead the field from the line to the finish — setting in the process the first 100+ mph lap for the electrics on the Mountain course, albeit unofficially.

Despite Rutter also posting a very impressive 153.200 mph trap speed at Sulby, for at least several more days the £10,000 bounty the Isle of Man government has put on the 100 mph barrier will stay in the island’s coffers, as the average lap speed has to be set during official timing, i.e. during a race lap.

Still, the news bodes well for the Segway MotoCzysz Racing Team , as Rutter’s pace shows good promise for tomorrow, and can only improve as the team refines its strategy. Splitting the two 2012 MotoCzysz E1pc race bikes was John McGuinness on the Mugen Shinden with his 96.953 mph lap, which just bested Mark Miller’s 94.812 mph lap.

With only six entries finishing the Mountain Course, a notable retirement came from Lightning Motorcycles, which just managed to get its bike together before the lap, having only a 70% charge in its batteries. John Burrows is reported to have retired the Lightning at Schoolhouse, not making it to the Sulby Straight.

Also notably absent from the finish was Gary Johnson on the Team Vercar Moto entry, which didn’t post a first checkpoint time at Glen Helen. With the weather looking unpredictable, Wednesday’s race could possibly be rescheduled for Thursday. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for updates on that and other TT Zero & Isle of Man TT news.

Photo: © 2012 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

  • Kyle G

    Nice work, I heard on the radio that Rutter had to push it up pit lane. Can you confirm this? Anyways it looks like the teams all started out a little bit too quickly this year.

  • Yeah, he was coasting over the line as well.

  • dp

    I heard his dashboard went out, so he had to guess on battery power.

  • Casey Palmer

    Sometimes I just Love my job…… We’re gonna make it official raceday by breaking the 100mph. Thanks for all the good vibes everybody.

  • Colin

    How did miller achieve a 94.8 lap when coasting so far behind the shinden and crawling over the line? Surely this is not right?

  • ray

    @ Casey Palmer & Courtney S., David B., Matt B., Dalton P., Jonathan D., Ian D., Matt G., Leon A. – Wish you all could be in IOM with us! Your hard work is paying dividends. Watching Mark Miller and Michael Rutter blast off from the start line was epic. Hopefully both of them will “officially” decimate the 100 mph lap average on Wednesday!

  • Amazing achievement even unofficially.

    And a *big* thumbs up to Jensen for covering TT Zero for us unable to go. We are hanging on every post, man.

    – Amarok

  • Jonathan Dean

    Congrats fellas, Lets bring home some trophies!

  • Andrew Culpepper


  • tom z

    I really wish there was a reply function on this message board.

    @Andrew Culpepper, snooze? How much have you contributed to this sport? Oh, nothing? Thats what I thought.

  • Andrew Culpepper

    Nothing but a lot of money over the last 35 years. I don’t get the whole electric bike racing thing. If you want to save energy or reduce emissions, don’t race. I’d rather see coal powered bikes circling the track (that’s where most of the electric power comes from in the USA).

    Silent, odorless racebikes do not interest me. Am I allowed to say that on this forum? I’ll shut up if not.

  • Andrew you can say whatever you like!

    I’m not sure why you would read an article that says TT ZERO in the title if you don’t think electric powered bikes should race but….

  • Andrew Culpepper

    Ok. I’m going to finish watching the 2011 IOMTT Review DVD before the the 2012 is done. :-)

  • Kyle G

    We race because it is the quickest way to progress a technology. Any weak link or poor design will be spotted immediately and you can easily fix that problem on that single machine. This refined technology will someday develop into a safe machine that can reliably perform for a customer. Racing is where the technological risks are taken because the only limitation is that of yourself and your rider. Racing also brings excitement and exposure to a market that otherwise wouldn’t have it, gas or electric.

    And the truth is racing an electric motorcycle does save energy and emissions, even when compared to your commute to work in/on a gasoline powered car or motorcycle…

  • dp

    “Andrew Culpepper says:
    June 4, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Nothing but a lot of money over the last 35 years. I don’t get the whole electric bike racing thing. If you want to save energy or reduce emissions, don’t race. I’d rather see coal powered bikes circling the track (that’s where most of the electric power comes from in the USA).”

    Some of us own electric bikes. I have over 700 days on mine. It’s lots of fun. I live in an area where the vast majority of electric power does not come from coal but hydro dams.

    Why should I have a gas powered motorcycle when my region is rich in electricity?

  • AndrewF

    I loved that statement, ‘with over 10 bikes starting from Glencrutchery Road’… why, did someone run out of their fingers at 10 ? :)

  • Westward

    GO M0T0Czysz..!

  • Everett

    Ray (with link back to MotoCzyz) is that you of formerly Adams Ave Bikes in SD, CA?

    I heard you left the Big Red D and went back to MC. Sick. And on the whole radness of electric bike racing.

  • ray

    yes, everette. sorry for the late reply. just got home ;)