Zero hero An­stey

Last-minute re­place­ment An­stey beats Guy Martin in elec­tric race

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - By Oli Rushby BSB RE­PORTER

Bruce An­stey took vic­tory in this year’s TT Zero race, beat­ing team-mate Guy Martin by some 40 sec­onds, over the 37.73mile lap. It was a sweet vic­tory for An­stey given that, de­spite win­ning the 2016 race, he was orig­i­nally ousted from the squad in favour of Martin, who made his TT come­back with Honda this year. How­ever, when twice elec­tric TT win­ner John Mcguin­ness was ruled out of the event af­ter break­ing his leg at the North West 200, An­stey stepped in at the eleventh hour and af­ter just a sin­gle test at Jurby and three prac­tice laps, he was able to clinch his 12th TT win on the ex­otic elec­tric ma­chine.

But there were no record laps with sketchy con­di­tions and An­stey’s ma­chine down on power for the resched­uled race. The Fly­ing Kiwi recorded an av­er­age speed of 117mph on the lat­est mil­lion pound Mu­gen ma­chine.

“It was all last-minute, so thanks to Mu­gen for bring­ing me in,” he said. “I was re­ally hop­ing to do a 120mph lap but the con­di­tions weren’t right. The bike felt weird too, top end speed was fine but the ac­cel­er­a­tion seemed to be slow so I don’t know what was go­ing on there.”

The elec­tric win gave An­stey some­thing to take away from what was oth­er­wise a rather lack­lus­tre TT.

“I have strug­gled, re­ally strug­gled to get my rhythm go­ing and con­cen­tra­tion on,” he said on his other re­sults. “But the elec­tric bike helped me feel bet­ter, it’s not as fast and helped me get back on line!”

Third place went to Da­ley Mathi­son on the Univer­sity of Not­ting­ham en­try with a lap of 109.209mph.

‘I was hop­ing to do a 120mph lap but the con­di­tions weren’t right and the bike felt weird’

Su­per-sub An­stey’s still got it

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