IOMTT: SES TT Zero Race Results

06/04/2014 @ 3:52 am, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS


An event we’ve been eagerly waiting for, the 2014 SES TT Zero electric race was billed as a battle for the #1 spot between the Mugen riders, John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey, and battle between everyone else for the third and final podium position. And that is exactly what the 2014 Isle of Man TT fans got.

First to leave Glencrutchery Road, and the first to return, John McGuinness took his 21st IOMTT race win while on the Mugen Shinden San. The first time that the Mugen team has won the electric solo race at the IOMTT, McGuinness’s lap also officially broke the outright record for an electric motorcycle at the Isle of Man TT, with a 117.366 mph lap.

To put that lap time in perspective, rally driver Mark Higgins managed only a 116.470 mph lap during the Subaru exhibition lap, which immediately followed the TT Zero race; that time also bests Ryan Farquhar’s best Lightweight TT flying lap of 116.840 mph from practice.

Nursing an injured hand, McGuinness retired from today’s Supersport Race 2 event, and admitted after the TT Zero race that today’s win will likely be his only for the TT fortnight. McGuinness is still on the ticket for Friday’s Senior TT, but is not optimistic about his result.

Looking very good this TT though was second-place finisher Bruce Anstey, who also set a record breaking 115+ mph lap, which unfortunately for him was 23 seconds behind his teammate’s, and thus won’t be going into the record books.

The real intrigue came from third place though, as the Buckeye Current team from Ohio State University, and the Saroléa effort, battled throughout the course for that final podium position.

With Robert Wilson’s sector times on the Saroléa SP7 not being registered on the live timing, there was some uncertainty in the winner’s circle, especially as it became evident that Rob Barber on the OSU bike (with a 93.580 mph lap) had finished 0.3 seconds ahead of Wilson.

It was an unfortunate bit of news for Wilson and Saroléa, but a great effort from the first-time team. For the students at Ohio State, this marks the second year in a row where they have found themselves on the TT Zero podium. Pretty impressive, indeed.

For the full race results from Race 2 of the Supersport TT race, click here.

Photo: © 2014 Richard Mushet / Mushet Photo – All Rights Reserved

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  • paulus

    the day of the electrics is coming…..

  • How much difference is there in lap time between a flying lap and a standing lap on this course?

    The Mugen is in spitting distance to the 650cc lap times..

  • Jay

    Not to take anything away from Mugen’s effort, but without Motoczysz competing this was a very different race from past years. Here’s to hoping Michael Czysz recovers and the team can get back to racing in 2015.

  • Proto, it depends on the bikes really. A couple miles and hour, roughly though.

  • Frenchie

    The Mugen is actually faster than this year’s fastest lap in Lightweight practice.

    In fact, over one lap Mugen is already challenging for top25…Supersport times!

    It actually took electrics 5 years to go from 89 to 117 mph, something that took about 50 years for gas bikes (roughly similar to Meier’s BMW in 1936 and Hislop’s Honda RC30 in 1989).
    With an average yearly improvement of 5.5 mph since 2009, the electrics should be in supersport territory next year and superbike times in 2016 (assuming this trend continues).

  • Cassio

    Now we are depending on how fast the battery technology evolves, because the motor itself can surpass in HP and torque the gas motors by far (brushless motors are far superior) but batteries are the “bottleneck” in terms of performance x mileage

  • Gutterslob

    Hopefully we’ll see electrics do 120+ mph for 2 straight laps (on a single charge) in a few years time. Achieve that and electrics will be ready for the consumer, albeit the rich early adopters. We’ll need to see big gains in battery tech first though.

  • Mary vB

    I agree the The Ohio State University team, The Buckeye Current, is impressive. These students work on a small budget (about $30,000 this year) compared with the professional teams’ budgets and facilities. Receiving no college credit since they are a club not a class, these students work long hours above their course load because they love what they are doing. An impressive team of young engineers indeed!