Timewarp TT: Surtees (MV) v Miller (MotoCzysz)
MotoCzysz may have annihilated the TT Zero competition in practice on Monday, but it’s still fighting it out with fifties machinery in combustion-engine terms.
In a single-lap sprint round the 37.73 mile course it would be a close-fought battle between the 1956 Senior-winning John Surtees on the 500cc MV Agusta and 2010’s Mark Miller on the MotoCzysz E1pc.
But Surtees on the four-cylinder ICE bike would have claimed the win – with a lap 1.9 mph faster than the ten-battery-packed, 94.664 mph-averaging E1.
Of course it’s unfair to compare what was – even in the fifties – a mature technology, with one only in its second year of racing, but then the roads are a fair bit smoother today than then.
Make no mistake though, it’ll still be a huge achievement if MotoCzysz or any other team claims the £10,000 bounty by notching the first zero-emission 100mph lap on Wednesday. By contrast, the winner of Friday’s Senior Race will win £22,000.
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