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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

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