Michael Rutter narrowly pipped John McGuinness to his third consecutive victory in the SES TT Zero race as the zero-emission bikes continued to show their stunning progress on the Isle of Man. Last year’s race was historic as Rutter became the first rider to top 100mph on such a machine but this year, both he and McGuinness averaged in excess of 109mph over the one lap race, a full 5mph quicker than twelve months ago.
McGuinness was chasing a twentieth win at the TT on the Mugen Shinden Ni and raced four second lead at Glen Helen, an advantage he would cling on to valiantly until Cronk-ny-Mona when Rutter reduced it to just half a second. The fight would be decided in the very last sector of the 37 mile course with Rutter going 2.4s quicker from there to the Grandstand, giving him a 1.672s victory at the finish.
2009 winner Robert Barber completed the podium on his Ohio State University RW-2, albeit four minutes behind the dominant pair ahead of him with Mark Miller missing out on a rostrum finish after retiring his MotoCzysz machine at Ballaugh Bridge with a broken gearbox. George Spence was fourth ahead of Chris McGahan while Ian Lougher, shortly after announcing that this would be his final TT, finished sixth as he paid tribute to the late Yoshinari Matsushita on his Komatti Mirai KMI machine.
|2013 Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy – SES TT Zero Result (1 Lap)|
|1||Michael Rutter||MotoCzysz E1PC||20:38.461||109.675mph|
|2||John McGuinness||Mugen Shinden Ni||20:40.133||109.527mph|
|4||George Spence||Kingston 2012||25:41.822||88.096mph|
|5||Chris McGahan||Yamaha R6E||26:59.755||83.857mph|
|6||Ian Lougher||Komatti Mirai KMI||27:46.300||81.515mph|
|8||Paul Owen||Brunel BX||31:33.387||71.738mph|
|Mark Miller||MotoCzysz E1PC|