John McGuinness breaks lap record on way to second TT Zero win

John McGuinness has won the TT Zero Challenge, beating Bruce Anstey and Lee Johnston

Eight riders took the start with McGuinness once again lead the bikes away for the one and only lap of the TT Zero Challenge. The winner of the inaugural TT Zero race in 2010, Mark Miller, was a non starter meaning that Anstey was second away. Anstey took the early lead at Glen Helen with an eight tenths of a second advantage over McGuinness in second and Johnston third. McGuinness then upped the ante into Ballaugh, leading Anstey by just over two seconds on corrected time.

After the gap between the top two extended to nearly five seconds at Ramsey, Anstey brought it back to 2.4 seconds at Bungalow. After smashing the lap record last year, McGuinness broke it again – increasing the fastest lap to 119.279mph from 117.366mph last year. Anstey also went faster than last year’s record and the Kiwi rider was four seconds off McGuinness in second with Johnston securing third place on the podium. After the race, McGuinness revealed that he had been in the wrong setting which cost him speed and time on the run to Glen Helen.

Last minute entrant Guy Martin – who was standing in for injured team-mate William Dunlop – was fourth with Robert Wilson coming home in fifth. Michael Sweeney crossed the line to take sixth. James Cowton retired from the race at Guthries. It was the second TT Zero win for Mugen in as many years.

  1. John McGuinness – 18:58.743 – 119.279mph
  2. Bruce Anstey – 19:02.785 – 118.857mph
  3. Lee Johnston – 20:16.881 – 111.620mph
  4. Guy Martin – 20:37.987 – 109.717mph
  5. Robert Wilson – 21:15.256 – 106.510mph
  6. Michael Sweeney – 30:56.695 – 73.156mph
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