During the third and final practice session for the SES TT Zero electric motorcycle race at the Isle of Man, Victory Racing’s Lee Johnston achieved a 110 mph lap, averaging 110.97 mph, and reaching a top speed of 144.9 through the Sulby straight. Victory is now the second electric team to ride a 110 mph TT lap. Guy Martin, on just his second time aboard the machine, recorded a 108.674 mph lap.
Lee was thrilled to go beyond the 110 mph mark for the first time and said: “It feels good yeah, I’m still just getting used to the bike, feeling a bit more flowing and trying to think about saving the power rather than rolling it on and off. Yeah it feels really good.”
Guy Martin was measured and contemplative after his second ever ride of an electric motorcycle. He said: “Interesting, interesting… yeah, it’s just…it’s just getting your head round what it’s doing. Just the momentum I think…just keeping the momentum up, don’t waste energy by braking late, or by braking at all, don’t even look at the brake lever, just roll off and let the regeneration do the work.”
Gary Gray, Director Motorcycle Product for Victory Motorcycles said: “We came to the Isle of Man TT to prove ‘American Performance’ and we did that today by posting the two fastest qualifying laps of the day. Lee Johnston rode the fastest lap time ever for an American electric bike at the TT of 110 mph and Guy Martin ran the second fastest time of the day at 108 mph. We are extremely proud of American ingenuity and our Brammo Power and Parker Racing partners.”
Parker’s US-based strategic account manager, Kevin Holloway is with the team on the Isle of Man and encouraged by the newfound performance of the Parker GVM electric motor installed in the bike. He said: “Parker is very pleased with the progress of the Victory Racing team and Lee Johnston’s lap speed of 110.97 mph has achieved one of our goals. Both riders are improving with each lap. The Victory team is very dedicated and professional and Parker is proud to be associated with such a fantastic group.”
For Brian Wismann, Team Manager, going beyond the 110mph mark was the huge boost for the team ahead of tomorrow’s race.
Brian said: “We set a goal and we achieved that goal, so that’s what we’re here to do, and to move the performance on, practice after practice.
“Right now, the smart move would be to play it safe and finish the race given that we reached our goal of 110mph, but hey we’re racers, so we’ll probably take a look at the data from today and see if we can go faster still tomorrow.”