Michael Czysz and his crew took the checkered flag in the TT Zero electric motorcycle race on the Isle of Man today but missed becoming the first e-moto to lap the famed course at an average of 100 mph.
Mark Miller circled the 37.7-mile course aboard the thoroughly bad-ass MotoCzysz E1PC in 23 minutes 22.89 seconds. He set the fastest top speed at 135 mph and came closer than anyone to the century mark with an average speed of 96.82 mph. Fast, but not fast enough to claim the £10,000 prize the government of the Isle of Man promised to the first rider to post a 100 mph lap.
Defending champ Ron Barber, riding for Agni Racing, was leading at the first timing checkpoint, but it wasn’t long before Miller was out in front. He never looked back and crossed the finish line not quite two minutes ahead of Barber. Native son James McBride of ManTTx took the third step on the podium with a time of 25 minutes 39.5 seconds.
All three of them clocked top speeds north of 100 mph at Sulby Speed Trap, with Miller flying by at 135 mph. That was light-years faster than McBride, who clocked in at 107.2 mph. Barber rounded out the 100-plus club with a top speed of 104.2 mph.
Yes, yes, we know. These speeds are positively glacial compared to, say, Michael Dunlop, who lapped the course at an average of 127.836 mph today to set a record for the Supersport 2 class. But electric motorcycling is only in its second year, and the technology is still in its infancy. Give it time.
Photo of Mark Miller and his race crew celebrating their win: TT Zero