Time to pull the plug?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

The elec­tric race gave or­gan­is­ers a headache with many of the bikes en­tered sim­ply not ready for prac­tice. Only the Mu­gen of Bruce An­stey and MCN’S own Adam Child, rid­ing a road­go­ing En­er­gica loaned to MCN by Mo­to­corsa, com­pleted all four laps of prac­tice.

Half of the ma­chines which started the race hadn’t com­pleted a sin­gle lap of prac­tice with at one stage just five bikes mak­ing it on to the en­try list for the race. This in­creased to eight by the time Fri­day’s race got un­der­way, and re­mark­ably all eight fin­ished, but there was no real com­pe­ti­tion for the Mu­gen once again.

“I know the folk sat in the hedges are like ‘oh elec­tric bikes’ and I would have been a cou­ple of years ago, but this is the fu­ture in some form or another,” said Guy Martin af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond in the race. And maybe he’s got a point.

The ma­chin­ery in­volved is some of the most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced in the pad­dock, but with­out any com­pe­ti­tion for the big bud­get Mu­gen team, the race is fast los­ing any ku­dos com­pared to the other highly con­tested and well sup­ported petrol classes.

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