Laid­back Anstey ready to rule on RCV

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Bruce Anstey is fa­mously the most laid­back rider in the pad­dock, who emerges from a win­ter of hi­ber­na­tion and is im­me­di­ately on race pace.

The Honda test at Cas­tle Combe was the Kiwi’s first se­ri­ous out­ing of the sea­son and true to form, Anstey was lap­ping as fast as ever on the Pad­gett’s Hon­das. What did he do all win­ter? “Noth­ing” is his dead­pan re­ply. So what’s his se­cret? Anstey re­veals: “I’m just 25 go­ing on 48.”

On April 24, the 10-times TT win­ner will cel­e­brate his 48th birth­day, the same age Joey Dun­lop was when he won the For­mula One TT in 2000.

“Joey won when he was 48 and I can too,” Anstey smiles. “I’m not fin­ished yet.”

Com­pletely un­fazed by not hav­ing thrown his leg over the 2017 spec Fire­blade yet as Honda strug­gle to make enough of their new su­per­bikes avail­able to race teams, the quiet man of rac­ing tested a 2016 spec stocker and a CBR600RR Su­pers­port Honda at Cas­tle Combe.

Michael Dun­lop and Ian Hutchin­son may have been rid­ing them­selves dizzy in Spain do­ing laps on their new su­per­bikes while Guy Martin grabs all the head­lines on his come­back to TT rac­ing, but the 2015 Su­per­bike TT win­ner is unperturbed.

“I’m just stay­ing un­der the radar and that is good for me,” he smiles.

Anstey will once again have the world’s most ex­otic road bike be­neath him at this year’s TT. Clive Pad­gett stunned the event last year when he rolled a race-mod­ded RC213V-S Honda on to the Glen­crutch­ery Road.

“The RCV suits my style,” Anstey says. “It is lighter, eas­ier to ride and I can carry more cor­ner speed.”

Anstey won’t ride the RCV un­til North West 200 prac­tice as the bike was too noisy for Cas­tle Combe’s noise re­stric­tions, but the for­mer TT and Ul­ster Grand Prix lap record­holder is con­fi­dent he can bridge the gap to Dun­lop and Hutchy.

“I had two crashes last year (one at the North West 200 and the other at the TT) and that was me knack­ered. But I ran with Hutchy and Michael at the Ul­ster Grand Prix. There was noth­ing in it on speed there so I think it will be fast enough.”

Anstey eases his way back into ac­tion, but there’s no rush

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