The victory felt proper, even important; it was only in the leccy (what the locals call an electric motorcycle) class but the sense was- this may be the class of the future.
2010 saw electric racing being elevated from exhibition status to full TT classification. Along with classes for sidecars, 600cc, 1,000cc motorcycles there is now an official electric motorcycles classification- We are living in very interesting times.
The IOM-TT is seeped in history and the TT trophy is as iconic to motorcycle racers as the Stanley cup or America’s cup is to its respective fans. The winners of the TT are given a smaller replica of the “priceless” TT trophy and their name are engraved on silver plaques that encircle the base. Racing giants like; Hailwood, Surtees, Agostini, Dunlop and McGuiness underline and give support to the overwhelming feat that the newest winner of the TT has accomplished and will forever keep guard over the latest name added to the very exclusive club. For over 100 years this trophy has been the undeniable document of heroic men who have challenged the fiercest of opponents, the mountain and won.
This year there was a new trophy, just as shinny but far more modern, a single wave of silver that was engraved with a new TT Zero logo, the logo of zero emissions or “leccies”. This trophy too will never leave the island and will eventually hold the names of all the TT Zero winners in the future.
It was widely accepted that sometime over the next 100 years the original trophy will no longer make the trip out to the winner’s circle, being ultimately replaced by the new trophy. That the new trophy, different then the original, will be the de facto keeper of the “post combustion” winners. This new trophy will however just like the original be the object of desire for the new challengers, the shrine that will recognize their bravery, talent and luck. The place of honor for the men who not only survived the mountain course, but championed. And with the addition of every new name, everyone will search to read who was first! The name they will find, the name that will always be the first will be an American- Mark Miller who rode the American MotoCzysz to victory in 2010.
To stand at the base of the IOM FRICKING PODIUM and hear our National Anthem being played, was worth everything it cost to get there.
Note: This was only the second time the American National Anthem has ever been played at the IOM. This is only the second time an American motorcycle has ever won at the IOM, last time was an Indian, 1911. But this was the first time, in over 100 hundred years, that an Americn rider won on an American motorcycle- hell’s ya!