Not surprisingly the bulk of quickest TT Zero class exponents have competed for Hirotoshi Honda’s Mugen company.
Last year five times TT Zero winner Michael Rutter piloting Mugen’s latest priceless steed the Shinden Hachi, set a new class lap record of 121.909 mph whilst runner-up, team mate 23 times TT winner John McGuinness also nudged past the 121 lap mark, lapping at 120.979 mph.
Fastest non Mugen mounted racer is the late but great Daley Mathison (119.294) whilst others to register sub 110 mph plus lap speeds are Bruce Anstey (118.857), the much missed William Dunlop (115.844), Guy Martin (113.632) and Lee Johnston (111.62).
Rounding out the present ten quickest electric machine pilots are 2019 Senior TT victor Dean Harrison (108.064), fellow previous Sarolea Racing squad member Robert Wilson (106.51) and ten times TT winner, the most successful racer in Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough history Ian Lougher (102.69).
A further 27 racers have completed the one lap TT Zero race (known in 2009 as the TT XGP), they are as follows:
(lap speed located near racers name)
2010 TT Zero winner Mark Miller (101.065), the late James Cowton (97.372), Matt Rees (94.845), South Africa’s AJ Venter (94.628), inaugural class Champion Rob Barber (93.531).
Antonio Maeso (91.197), 2010 TT Privateers Champion James McBride (88.653), George Spence (88.435), Jenny Tinmouth (88.228), Chris McGahan (83.857).
2019 Steve Henshaw Gold Cup runner-up Mike Norbury (83.289), Adam Child (81.332), Allan Brew (79.163), Timothee Monot (77.956), Thomas Schoenfelder, the late Mark Buckley (75.35).
Shaun Anderson (74.789), Thomas Montano (74.091), reigning Duke Road Race Rankings Champion Michael Sweeney (73.156), Dave Madsen Mygdal (71.983), Paul ‘Moz’ Owen (71.738).
The late Yoshinari Matsushita (70.238), Chris Heath (66.022), the late Paul Dobbs (62.575), Chris Petty (62.219), the late John Crellin (60.475) and Stephen Harper (40.092).
Words by Stevie Rial