Time to pull the plug?
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.