ANSTEY: ‘I’m riding the best bike and John is still the man to beat’ GIPRO
MORE COMPACT & MORE RESPONSIVE THAN OTHER GEAR INDICATORS
Bruce Anstey has never been fazed by high speed. He remains officially the quickest road racer on the planet after his lap of 133.975mph established Dundrod as the world’s fastest circuit in his final ride with the TAS team at the 2009 Ulster Grand Prix.
In 2014 the Kiwi became the first man to lap the Mountain course at over 132mph in the Senior race but he lost his outright record to John Mcguinness last year.
“John said he had only loaned it to me for a while anyway,” Bruce laughs.
“I’ll definitely be trying to get the lap record back this year. I know the superbike is capable of it and I think my bike was faster than John’s last year. I caught him in practice and passed him at the North West and at the TT.”
Mcguinness and Anstey have always been great rivals and good friends as their TT careers ran in parallel since they made their debuts together in 1996. Both men scored their maiden Island victories on 250s and nowadays they are team-mates in the Japanese Mugen squad for the electric bike Zero TT race.
“The competition is so tough at the TT nowadays that probably anyone in the first 10 starters can win a race,” Anstey says.
“The bikes have to keep improving every year because
the long straights need more power and 132mph is the new benchmark now everybody is pushing more and more.”
Anstey agrees that 23-time TT winner Mcguinness is still the man to beat but given that he shares the same weapon of choice for the Superbike and Senior TTS, the Honda CBR1000RR superbike on Dunlop rubber, Anstey is confident he is on a level playing field.
Honda have won 16 of the last 19 Superbike and Senior TTS (the Senior was cancelled in 2012) and Dunlop tyres have won every six-lap superbike race since Cameron Donald’s Superbike race win in 2008. For Anstey it is the Honda’s prowess in every department that makes the perfect TT bike.
“The Honda might be older but it is well set-up and it is the besthandling bike because it rides the bumps better than the Kawasakis and BMWS,” Anstey says.
Are there are still places that Anstey can go faster on the TT course?
“Some years you get your lines perfect and you feel you have got some places right but then somewhere else you can be off line a little bit,” he explains.
“The lap is too long to try and get it perfect all the way round but I think maybe there are a few places that I can be faster but where it is, well that’s a secret.”
‘ 132mph is the new benchmark and everybody