2013 SES TT ZeroWhen it comes to electric motorcycle racing at the Isle of Man TT, one rider is the “King of the Mountain” – Michael Rutter.
The eight-time Macau GP winner took his second consecutive Zero TT Tuesday, breaking the record he set last year.The new official record for the clean-emissions, one-lap race is a 20:38.46 with an average speed of 109.675mph, beating Rutter’s previous record by over a minute (21:45.33/104.056mph).Joining the E1pc rider Rutter on the 2013 Zero TT podium was Mugen rider John McGuinness, who was not far behind with a lap of 20:40.13 (109.527mph), and Ohio State University’s Robert Barber, the 2009 race winner. Barber lapped the 37.73-mile Mountain Course in 25:02.467, with an average speed of 90.403 mph.As for Rutter’s MotoCzysz teammate, the American Mark Miller suffered a DNF due to gear box issues at Ballaugh Bridge on the Mountain Course.George Spence on the Kingston University bike was next to finish the race with a time of 25:41.82 (88.096mph), followed by Chris McGahan on the Vercarmoto at 83.857mph.After announcing that this would be his last TT, Ian Lougher paid tribute to Yoshinari Matsushita on the Komatti Mirai machine with a time of 27:46.30 (81.515mph). David Madsen-Mygdal on the Imperial and Paul Owen on the Brunel University machine completed the Zero TT grid.2013 Isle of Man TT SES Zero TT Race Results: 1. (1) Michael Rutter, 2013 MotoCzysz E1PC/: 20:38.461, 109.675 mph 2. (3) John McGuinness, 2013 Shinden Ni/Mugen: 20:40.133, 109.527 3. (10) Robert Barber, RW-2/Ohio State University: 25:02.467, 90.403 4. (4) George Spence, Kingston 2012/Kingston University: 25:41.822, 88.096 5. (7) Chris Mcgahan, 2013 Yamaha R6E/Vercarmoto: 26:59.755, 83.857 6. (5) Ian Lougher, 2013 KOMATTI MIRAI KMI/: 27:46.300, 81.515 7. (6) David Madsen-Mygdal, Imperial/: 31:26.933, 71.983 8. (9) Paul Owen, 2013 Brunel BX/Brunel University: 31:33.387, 71.73
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