Rutter makes history in TT Zero

Michael Rutter sets off his historic TT Zero lap

Michael Rutter sets off his historic TT Zero lap

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MICHAEL Rutter made history by becoming the first rider to lap the Mountain Course at more than 100mph on an electric bike in Wednesday’s TT Zero.

The 40-year-old from Bridgnorth in Shropshire finished ahead of 19-time TT winner John McGuinness and Motoczysz team-mate Mark Miller, who both also lapped at more than 100mph, to claim his second successive SES TT Zero race victory.

Rutter went into the race as favourite to break the record on an electric bike after posting a lap of 102.508mph in Monday’s practice session.

Poor weather forced continuous delays to the day’s race schedule but action finally got underway with the clean emissions contest at 3.40pm.

Rutter didn’t disappoint as he lapped in a time of 21 minutes, 45.33 seconds with a speed of 104.056mph. McGuinness recorded a speed of 102.215 while Miller posted 101.065.

Full report in race edition two of TT News which goes on sale Thursday morning.

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