MotoCzysz breaks the ton in historic TT ZERO electric motorcycle win
In a historic win, Mike Rutter, riding for MotoCzysz, won the 2012 TT ZERO, and along the way broke the ton, meaning a lap speed greater than 100 miles/hr. John McGuiness, riding for MUGEN Shinden, came in 2nd and Rutters teammate Mark Miller taking third. All three "broke the ton," but it is Rutter who wins the £10,000 prize fund offered by the Isle of Man government for the first rider to make this achievement.
The Isle of Man has been rainy the past few days, delaying the start of the race, and riders interviewed by Manx Radio just before the race were nervous. Race officials issued a warning to riders to expect damp conditions all around the track, and limited visibility on the mountain portion of the course. However once the race began the riders must have left their nervousness back at the starting line, because Rutter, McGuiness and Miller all turned in excellent results.
The race started off strong with Rutter, McGuiness and Miller all hitting faster and faster speeds at each timing point, that is until reaching the mountain section of the course. The race format is a time trial, meaning the riders are racing to see which one turns in the fastest lap speed (time). Rutter reached a 119 miles/hr indicated lap speed at the Ramsey timing point, but of course the mountain took its toll on the riders speed.