Guy Martin has secured a last minute entry for the TT Zero class at this year’s Isle of Man TT race, taking over from injured teammate William Dunlop on Victory’s new electric machine.
Dunlop was injured in a crash earlier this morning at Laurel Bank, breaking ribs and ruling himself out of the rest of the TT. However, after consultations with both teams and both riders, his Tyco BMW teammate will now step onto the machine for Wednesday’s race.
Martin has even already taken to the track on the machine, completing a lap of timed practice directly after this morning’s opening sidecar race. He completed the lap at an average speed of 104mph, some 14mph slower than pole position man John McGuinness on the Mugen Shinden bike.
Speaking afterwards, Martin says he was shocked with how powerful the American bike was.
“It’s fast! It’s different. There are no gears, it just goes and keeps going and going! It’s the weirdest, strangest thing. It’s the future isn’t it?”
“You get a bit of wind noise but it’s also how noisy the brakes are, they are the same brakes as on my superbike but you don’t hear it! It handles a treat, it’s so impressive. It’s strange, it’s not that it’s wrong it’s just that I’m not used to it, it’s the strangest thing. It’s coming! It’s happening!”