On June 8, the first day of qualifying for the TT Zero Challenge electric motorcycle class (2015 Isle of Man TT Race) took place at the Snaefell Mountain Course through the public roads of the Isle of Man.
Defending champion, Team Mugen is competing in this yearâ€™s event with John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey as its riders for the Shinden Yon.
On this day, McGuinness completed the 60km course in 20min 01.422sec with an average speed of 113.06mph (182km/h). He has gotten off to a great start as this was nearly 12 seconds faster than his time at last yearâ€™s qualifying session.
On the other hand, Anstey was forced to retire during qualifying due to problems with his bike. The team is making adjustments to his machine for better results on the second day of qualifying (June 8 at 11:45pm Japan time).
For Team Mugen, this is their fourth year of competition at the Isle of Man. Not only are they expected to finish 1-2 like they did last year, McGuinness and Anstey will aim to surpass an average speed of 120mph (193km/h).
The second day of qualifying will be followed by the final race on June 10 at 6:45pm (Japan time).
During a phone interview, Team Mugenâ€™s Director, Akihiro Miyata said, â€œThe bikes are set up the way we want. The team is mentally focused and highly motivated. As for Bruce Anstey, I would like him to win the race with the same determination he displayed in his victory for the Superbike class (mainly for 1,000cc production models). While acknowledging each other as rivals, we believe we can come away with the victory if we exceed our target time.â€
(Translated by Travis Yamabata)