JOHNSTON AND ANSTEY GET BEST OUT OF OLD BLADES
Lee Johnston and Bruce Anstey also completed their pre-season testing at Castle Combe. Johnston was the only rider lapping in the 1 minute 5 seconds bracket in the cold conditions on his Jackson Racing 2016-spec Fireblade. The Fermanagh racer is looking forward to making a strong challenge at the North West 200 on the Ten Kate built bike.
“Coming second doesn’t pay the mortgage so everyone will want to win at Portrush,” the 28-year-old laughed. “I would really like to win a Superbike race. It is the race that everybody is in and that everybody wants to win.”
Veteran Anstey, who celebrated his 48th birthday last week, had his first ride on a superstock spec 2017 Fireblade at Castle Combe. The Padgett’s Honda pilot agreed with John Mcguinness’s verdict that the new bike’s smooth and linear power delivery made it easier to ride but slightly deceptive as to just how fast it was. “We did a back to back test between the 2016 and 2017 bikes just to see how different they were,” Anstey explained. The Kiwi will ride his 2016 spec Fireblade superbike at the North West 200 before switching to the RCV213S for the TT.
‘Coming second doesn’t pay the mortgage. I want to win the Superbike race’ LEE JOHNSTON
Anstey motions that he’s doing one more lap - we think
Johnston fastest on old Blade