SES TT ZERO
With the fossil-fuel powered motorcycle breaking records since the start of 2018 TT, it was time for the clean, green machines to follow suit. Michael Rutter, who was riding a Mugen machine, was able to become the first rider in TT Zero history to do a 120-mph+ (193.121 km/h) lap. After being flagged off by the Duke of Cambridge, Rutter was the fastest to Glen Helen with team-mate Lee Johnson in second place and Daley Mathison of University of Nottingham in third. As the racers made their way through the mountain course, Rutter kept quickening his pace and increasing his lead.
Meanwhile, behind Rutter, Lee Johnson ran into some chain issues and reportedly he had stopped and was helped by some enthusiastic spectators who held his bike while he fixed the chain. This saw Mathison move up a place and complete the one-lap race at an average speed of 119.294 mph (192 km/h). Lee Johnson, who ran into minor bike trouble, was able to fix his bike in time and continue on the track to finish the race in third place with an average speed of 105.566 mph (169.892 km/h). However, it was Michael Rutter who, despite being under tremendous pressure, performed exceptionally well to take the win with a new record of 121.824 mph (196.057 km/h), breaking John McGuinness’s 2015 lap record by over 20 seconds.
Michael Rutter broke the TT Zero record by putting in a 121.824-mph (196.051 km/h) lap