Third time’s a charm. 2010 and 2011 TT Zero winner MotoCzysz, with rider Michael Rutter, finally became the first to average a speed of 100 mph on the Isle of Man‘s 37.733 Mountain Course on an electric motorcycle, capturing the long-sought after 10,000 British pound (US$15,000) bounty.
Wearing the #1 plate for winning last year’s TT Zero, Rutter completed the 2012 TT Zero with a time of 21:45.33 for an average speed of 104.056 mph on the new 2012 MotoCzysz E1PC. Rutter had passed the 100mph mark earlier in the week during practice but that was considered unofficial as it was done outside the actual competition. Rutter won last year’s race but fell agonizingly close to the 100 mph target with an average speed of 99.604 mph,
“The greatest motorcycle riders and manufacturers in history are synonymous with the Isle of Man TT Races and I am so proud to be adding the name Segway Racing MotoCzysz to that list,” says Michael Czysz, founder of MotoCzysz. “What the team has achieved today is truly ground-breaking and is the culmination of years of hard work.”
Rutter wasn’t the only rider to average over 100 mph in the race. 19-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness finished second on the Mugen Shinden with an average speed of 102.215 mph by finishing in 22:08.85. Rutter’s teammate Mark Miller, who won the 2010 TT Zero for MotoCzysz, was third, averaging 101.065 mph with a time of 22:23.97.
Also finishing was Rob Barber representing Zero Emission, with a time of 28:56.45 to average a speed of 78.221 mph.