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
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