Confirmed: TT Zero for 2012 Isle of Man TT

11/14/2011 @ 6:57 am, by Jensen Beeler6 COMMENTS

Some chatter was created when the provisional 2012 Isle of Man TT calendar was published and the TT Zero electric motorcycle race was absent from the listing. Putting the “provisional” in provisional calendar, our sources close to the Isle of Man TT belayed any fears that the TT Zero race was cancelled from the TT. Now confirming the news we already published, the Isle of Man TT has formally announced that the TT Zero race will return for the 2012 schedule, along with the £10,000 bounty for the first bike to average 100mph over the course.

TT organizers say 20 teams from eight countries have already signed up for the SES TT Zero race (we’ll have to wait to see how many actually show up of course), and the race is slotted for the morning of June 6th, before the Royal London 360 Superstock and Sidecar races. Expect to see last-year’s winner MotoCzysz return to defend its title and try breaking the 100mph again (MotoCzysz rider Michael Rutter missed breaking the 100mph barrier by only five seconds last year on the 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc).

Also likely to be in attendance will be Lightning Motorcycles with John Burrows at the helm, and we might even see a major OEM, as the Honda RC-E concept has been creating some waves since its soft debut last week.

Source: Isle of Man TT; Photo: Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

  • 2strokes fuchbitches

    (MotoCzysz rider Michael Rutter missed breaking the 100mph barrier by only FIVE SECONDS last year on the 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc).

    i think you mean 5 mph.

  • No, I meant five seconds. Rutter posted a 99.6mph average lap speed.

  • Dr. Gellar

    Good news that this race will happen again for 2012. I really do hope the majority of those 20 supposed teams happen to show up this year and make this an interesting event. I assume MotoCzysz will be there, but is there any info available as to any other American teams who have signed up? Mission? Brammo? Lightning (is this confirmed, or just likely)?

    I for one really do hope some variation of Honda’s RC-E concept makes it to the TTZero. That would make this year’s TTZero significant indeed. I’m hoping we will see such a bike at least at the TTZero and at Laguna Seca for the e-bike race there in July during the MotoGP event.

  • Nothing is confirmed with Lightning until the day of the race, lol. They are intending to race at the TT Zero though, and I believe it will be one of only two races Johnny B will ride before retiring.

    As for the others, I think it’s a money issue on whether they show up or not. With Brammo hoping to have the Empulse out before then, I’d imagine they’d go racing with it everywhere they can.

  • Brammo said on their Facebook page just after this year’s TT Zero that they plan on attending in 2012. We’ll see. also, I have heard that whatever bike they show up with will be close to the final production version of the Empulse. Again, we’ll see.

  • “No, I meant five seconds. Rutter posted a 99.6mph average lap speed.” Came here to post that… glad you did the deed. Extra bonus points for the Lightning comment. And yes, I hope that Brammo makes it to the Isle next year.