McGuinness unofficially breaks TT’s electric bike record

John McGuinness leads Team Mugen team-mate Bruce Anstey on Monday's TT Zero practice lap Photo: Dave Kneale

John McGuinness leads Team Mugen team-mate Bruce Anstey on Monday's TT Zero practice lap Photo: Dave Kneale

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John McGuinness responded to Bruce Anstey’s fastest electric bike Mountain Course lap ever, clocked on Sunday, in stunning fashion with a new fastest lap of his own in Monday’s TT Zero practice.

Record laps set in qualifying are classed as unofficial, but no one would bet against the pair being well inside Michael Rutter’s official 2013 lap time in Wednesday morning’s SES-sponsored race.

McGuinness was quicker by just under four seconds to the first checkpoint at Glen Helen and was faster than Anstey in every sector, eventually recording the first sub-20 minute electric bike lap with an incredible time of 19:35.007 (115.597mph), which was more than 20 seconds ahead of Anstey’s 19:55.221 (113.642mph).

Four other riders - Robert Wilson on Belgian outfit Sarolea, Mark Miller on the Italian backed VercarMoto effort, George Spence on University outfit Kingston and Timothee Monot also took the opportunity to get a lap in ahead of Wednesday.

In the sidecar qualifying session, Dave Molyneux (20:16.358/111.668mph) looked to put Saturday’s disappointment behind them ahead of Wednesday’s Sure Sidecar 2 Race while John Holden/Andy Winkle also posted a 110+lap (110.394). Father and son outfit Ian Bell/Carl Bell (109.383) will be looking to build on their excellent fourth place in the first sidecar race while Manx outfit Karl Bennett/Lee Cain (108.462) also enjoyed another excellent lap of the course.

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