2016 Isle of Man SES TT Zero Results
In 2010, the TT Zero replaced the traditional all-electric TTXGP at the Isle of Man TT. That year, America’s Mark Miller made history as the first TT Zero winner, the MotoCzysz averaging an average speed of 96.820mph.
Fast forward to the 2015 Isle of Man TT, and John McGuinness earned his second-consecutive TT Zero aboard the Shinden San Mugen. His speed? A record 119.279mph, showing how quickly electric motorcycles progressed over a five-year span.
McGuinness, a 23-time TT winner, was a favorite heading into the 2016 SES TT Zero, and expected to break a 120mph average lap time. But it wouldn’t happen; McGuinness experienced technical issues during the one-lap race around the 37.73-mile Mountain Course, and finished just off the podium in fourth.
His teammate, the New Zealander Bruce Anstey, had much better luck. Though the average lap speed was lower than 2015, Anstey earned his debut TT Zero victory with a lap of 118.416mph. This was also Anstey’s 11th career TT victory, tying him for sixth on the all-time TT win list with Steve Hislop and Phillip McCallen.
Anstey took the lead from McGuinness at Ballaugh around the time McGuinness began having technical issues. He would finish 25.461 seconds ahead of William Dunlop aboard the Victory RR electric racer; this was Victory’s second-straight year of entering the TT Zero.
Earning third was Daley Mathison on the University of Nottingham’s UoN Electric 1 entry. The “Morecambe Missile” McGuinness earned fourth, despite his temporary technical issues near Sulby, just ahead of South Africa’s Allann Venter on the Brunel.