REIGNING Isle of Man TT Zero winner Michael Rutter controlled the early electric pace as the battery bikes finally hit the mountain course.
As our partner publication UK Clubsport reported, the week had been hit with difficult weather conditions which forced TT officials to cancel four days of qualifying on the bounce.
But as the TT Zero bikes were finally given the go-ahead to get going this afternoon as the sun came out, Mugen and Rutter were straight back where everyone expected them to be – at the top.
The road racing veteran was one of the few competitors to complete the one-lap session as he clocked a 117.16mph lap aboard the 2018 race-winning machine, while the 2019 bike looked to be parked up.
Team Mirai with Mark Coverdale rider Ian Lougher set a 95.36mph lap to finish the evening second in command.
Brunel University’s Allan Venter, University of Bath rider Matthew Rees and Duffy Motorsport duo Shaun Anderson and Mike Norbury all failed to complete a lap.