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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

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