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TT 2017: Friday Practice – Mugen Continue TT Zero Dominance

Mugen continued their dominance of the innovative TT Zero class, as the unique electric machines, graced the Mountain Course, for the first time, this week.

Reigning champion Bruce Anstey set the pace, lapping at 109.52, finishing over 12 seconds quicker than nearest challenger, Mugen team mate, Guy Martin.

Guy, new to electric bike machinery, lapped at 108.413, to finish second quickest.

Will the eighth running of the TT Zero race, next week, yield Guy his first TT success? it’s a possibility but clearly his team mate, will prove immensely hard to beat.

The only other rider to complete a lap this evening, was Adam Child, who circulated around the Mountain Course, at an average speed of 74.786 mph.

James Cowton (Brunel University) encountered problems, as did Sarolea’s Dean Harrison, fastest this evening in the Supersport class.

It’s a shame to see, so few electric bikes entered at TT 2017. As many have been stating, the class needs more manufacturer representation, more competition for Mugen.

Hopefully in the near future, entry numbers will increase, but in my opinion, perhaps it’s time for organisers to look at it’s place within the TT schedule, until field numbers rise and manufacturer interest increases.

Words by Stevie Rial