Anstey sparks up Mugen
Bruce Anstey had his first ride on the 2017 Mugen Shinden electric bike that he will ride in this year’s Zero TT at Jurby on Sunday. The 48-year-old, who won last year’s zero emissions race, had been dropped in favour of Guy Martin but with John Mcguinness sidelined after his North West 200 crash, the 11-times TT winner has been recalled to the team.
“I didn’t think the bike had changed that much until they turned the power up to full,” Anstey said after the test. “It feels really fast, a lot more powerful than last year.
“It also feels narrower and in the last couple of sessions I was starting to get into the swing of it.”
Although no lap times were released, Anstey was several seconds a lap faster than teammate Guy Martin as both riders tested different power settings and tyre compounds.
“I opted for a harder front tyre because it made the bike a lot more stable under heavy braking,” the Kiwi veteran explained.
Anstey also did half-a-dozen laps on the Padgett’s RC213V-S that he will race in both the Superbike and Senior TT races.
“We have fitted a new pit limit button and made some changes to the electronics and we just wanted to make sure that the throttle connection was working OK,” he said, suggesting that the Batley based squad have now gained access to the previously locked ECU unit on the exotic superbike.
‘I didn’t think it had changed… until they turned the power up to full’