AN­STEY: ‘I’m rid­ing the best bike and John is still the man to beat’ GIPRO


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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

is push­ing’

An­stey says the Honda is the best han­dling bike at the TT Fastest man at the fastest race It’s a world where deals are done over an ice cream, and An­stey loves it

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