• Jun 11th 2010 at 6:20PM
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MotoCzysz E1pc wins the TT Zero – Click above to watch video after the jump

After a day-long weather delay, eight all-electric motorcycles took to the starting grid to compete in the Isle of Man TT Zero yesterday. The game was much the same as last year when TTXGP began what will likely be a longstanding annual affair – one 37.73-mile lap around the Snaefell Mountain Course, no gas.

For the American MotoCzysz team that had put in an impressive performance in practice, it was time to put up or shut up. They damn well put up. Rider Mark Miller didn't allow himself to be baited into a scrap andstuck to a game plan that called for a steady twisting of the throttle. In the end, he finished in the top spot with a time that was a massive two minutes and 51 seconds quicker than last year's winner. The E1pc, which easily looks as good parked as it does in a 140-mile-per-hour blur, averaged 96.820 mph around the famed circuit, just missing a £10,000 ($14,700 USD) prize had it broken the century mark. Miller shrugged off that shortfall with an easygoing, "It's all good, dude" in the post-race interview.

Last year's winner, Rob Barber, who again crouched in the saddle for Agni Racing, also beat his time from last year. The fierce competitor was astride a newly constructed Agni Z1, looking for all the world like a throwback to the '40s with a dustbin fairing mounted in place of a modern cowl. Although happy with the gains achieved by the aerodynamic package, "The Bullet" was obviously frustrated with the result, convinced he could have somehow gotten the best of the MotoCyzsz had there only been a bit more energy in the battery pack. As it was, he just managed to cross the finish line after employing a strategy that had him pushing hard from the get go.

After a long battle with another Agni Z1 piloted by Jenny Tinmouth – who, by the way, had not a mile of seat time before the green flag dropped – third place on the podium was claimed by James McBride on a converted Ducati for Ramsey-based ManTTX Racing. Check out the gallery of the winner below and hit the jump for the official TT Zero report and post-race video interviews as well as a bit of bonus footage of the bikes blasting by.

[Source: TT Zero | Images: AmadeusPhotography.com]
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MotoCzysz takes the honours in electric TT Zero race at the 2010 TT

MotoCzysz, from Portland, Oregon, narrowly missed out on recording the first 100mph lap by an electric bike at the Isle of Man TT Races.

Their E1PC machine, ridden by Californian Mark Miller, lapped the iconic mountain course in a time of 23 minutes 22.89 seconds to take the honours in the TT Zero race.

They narrowly missed out on a £10,000 prize that was put up by the Isle of Man Government for the first team to record a 100mph lap.

Defending champions Agni Z1/Agni Racing took an early lead in the race at the first timing checkpoint – Glen Helen with an average speed of 95.212mph. However, by the time the teams reached Ballaugh, MotoCzysz had edged in front, recording 98.973 with Agni Z1 only 5 seconds behind. Agni's second bike (Agni Z2) ridden by Jenny Tinmouth was in third with the local effort, ManTTx and James McBride less than a second behind her in fourth. Chris Palmer (Sert), Shaun Gilbert (Special Zero Emissions), Mark Buckley (Ecolve) and George Spence (Kingston University) made up the rest of the field.

Sulby Speed trap saw three machines clocking over 100mph with MotoCzysz the fastest at 135mph. Manx team ManTTx were the second fastest with 107.200 and Agni's Z1 from Agni Racing third with 104.200.

MotoCyzsz stepped up the pace and by Ramsey had recorded an overall average of 103.978. Rob Barber and Team Agni were also over the 100mph mark with 100.335 with James McBride on ManTTx splitting the Agni bikes with Jenny Tinmouth on Agni's Z2 bike in fourth place.

MotoCzysz had clearly been pacing themselves and by Cronk Ny Mona had extended their lead to over a minute and were still tantalisingly close to the 100mph lap at 99.513.

However the iconic mark was to remain intact and the team crossed the line at Glencrutchery road in 23.22.89 (96.820mph). Rob Barber and Agni Z1 were second, bettering last year's winning time with 25.21 (89.290mph) and local team ManTTx and James McBride third with 25.39.50 (88.653mph).

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't wait till electric car racing gets serious. Electric motorcycles are making gas powered vehicles look like grandma-mobiles these days.

      See also: Killacycle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Killacycle isn't competitive against any drag bike of a similar design that's gasoline powered. The amount of power available in 8lb (1gal roughly) of gasoline is immense compared to 8lb of batteries, and that will never ever change. Until you have nuclear powered cars and bikes (also, never) then they are nothing more than a novelty. Drag racing is the only sport where electric could ever be competitive because of the short times.

        Before you even start with a rebuttal, find me a $15k electric motorcycle that can run next to an R1 for a full tank of gas, then we'll talk.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Just want to point out that the "KillaCycle" is a drag bike and will not touch a top fuel gas powered cycle or even a pro stock bike, so your assertion is innacurate.
        • 5 Years Ago

        But you know that if we had better battery tech, the same kind of ludicrous power the killacycle puts out could be in something that can actually handle. I'm speaking in terms of 0-60 only.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Congrates to everyone at MotoCzysz. That team of people has been working to build a racing machine of several years. Both the IC and electric versions are ground up designs. Please keep pushing your design and engineering .
      • 5 Years Ago
      How do these times compared to their gas powered brethren?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Interesting. Thanks everyone. Is the difference in modern times/need for historical comparison a result of handling or acceleration? or both?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Based on the Isle of Man TT, they're about on par with 1955 gas bikes. That said, last year's time was about the same as the overall winner in 1938, so there's some serious progress being made. IOM is a bit of a torture test for electric bikes whereas a track with few high speed straights would suit them better - think Laguna Seca or maybe Mid Ohio.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Interesting. Thanks everyone. Is the difference in modern times/need for historical comparison a result of handling or acceleration? or both?"

        I am guessing it is due to having to throttle back to preserve battery power and also the weight of the battery packs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        To put it in perspective, without doing the research, I believe the first ton (100mph) plus lap at the TT happened in 1950's. So this thing is a loser as far back as then. The best superbike lap this year was over 130 mph average.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The sound of the future.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't believe all the excitement for a bike with training wheels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tie fighters
      • 5 Years Ago
      Congrats MotoCyzsz!

      And R.I.P. C1
      • 5 Years Ago
      At first I thought there were 5 computer servers in the engine bay...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Congrats MotoCzysz. A big win has been a long time coming, and this is a big win. Electric bike racing is only going to get bigger.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @ Middle Way

      So your comparing the KillaCycle which is a purpose built drag racer to production street bike? Are you a tree hugging hippie? If you want to talk comparisons, then at least compare bikes that are in the same class/sport.

      • 5 Years Ago
      they really scream burning up those volts.
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