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Big shout out to rid­ers of lit­tle stro­kers for a trip to the At­las Moun­tains of Morocco – do it! Plus unloved FZ750 in Am­s­ter­dam ready for recla­ma­tion

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HE LIKES A 250 does good ‘old’ Bruce An­stey. He showed it to spe­cial ef­fect when he bet­tered John Mcguin­ness’s long-stand­ing 250cc out­right lap record (118.29mph) from 1999 by 0.484mph in a crush­ing start-to-fin­ish vic­tory.

He now holds both the 500 and 250cc two-stroke lap records af­ter dom­i­nat­ing last year’s 500 race on a Yamaha YZR500. Ian Lougher (Yamaha) fin­ished sec­ond, more than a minute be­hind An­stey. Phil Har­vey (Honda) was third. The ge­nial Kiwi said, “It’s so good to be back on a 250. The bike was so easy to ride I just had to keep the cor­ner speed go­ing from white line to white line. On the last lap I just cruised. But it’s me that’s seiz­ing up now.” Ap­pro­pri­ately the race was started by five-time 250TT win­ner Char­lie Wil­liams who said, “I was ex­cited about this race – but not so ex­cited that I’d put an en­try in. I thought a 120mph lap might have been on, but that’s not to take any­thing away from Bruce.”

(Over) size mat­ters

The Clas­sic Su­per­bike TT (750cc) ended in farce when the top three ma­chines were stripped for in­spec­tion. Dean Har­ri­son and James Hil­lier (both Kawasaki) were ex­cluded from sec­ond and third places for hav­ing ‘big’ en­gines. Michael Dun­lop (Suzuki) re­tained his first place fin­ish. The next three fin­ish­ers’ en­gines were then mea­sured: Jamie Cow­ard and Horst Saiger (both Kawasaki) ‘with­drew’. So... (1) M Dun­lop, (2) M Rut­ter (Har­ris Yamaha), (3) W Dun­lop.

Dean Har­ri­son, ZXR750 and a bit, it tran­spires

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