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No wins during Suzuki's celebration of 50 years of international racing

As Suzuki tried to celebrate its 50th anniversary of international racing, set-up problems left the famous bike maker in the shadow of Japanese rival Honda, which claimed victory in all seven races at the 2010 Isle of Man TT.
Honda's domination of the 2010 Isle of Man TT, which saw it claim victory in all five solo races and both sidecar competitions, overshadowed what should have been celebrations for Suzuki, markings its 50th year of international racing.

Suzuki's leading team, TAS Racing, managed two podium finishes from the five solo races and team boss Philip Neill admitted it had been a rollercoaster TT. He explained set-up problems had held the team back, but said they should still be proud of two podiums.

Neill said:

“It has been a rollercoaster TT for the whole team, but as I said earlier in the week, we have been coming here long enough to understand the pitfalls.”

“We struggled with set-up this TT, and when riders start to swap back and forward trying to find the perfect set-up it doesn't help their confidence.”

“In saying that, we have come away with podiums in the two main races, again demonstrating the pedigree of the GSX-R1000 Superbike, and I have to say I'm proud of the effort from both riders.”

Australian Cameron Donald got the event off to a reasonable start with third in the opening Superbike race, but his TT ended on a sour note when he retired from the Senior race. His misery was compounded when the race was red flagged and despite getting a second chance, Donald's bike failed again.

The Senior TT went better for teammate Bruce Anstey. Although he retired from the original race, the New Zealand racer got a second chance when Guy Martin's crash brought out the red flag on lap three.

The race was restarted and run over four laps, giving Anstey a second chance. Unlike his teammate, Anstey's Suzuki held together and he put in his best ride of the week to secure third, and the 20th podium of his TT career.

Anstey said:

“I got a second chance and grabbed it with both hands. I'm happy for the team who have worked hard all week making many changes to the bikes for me; I'm also delighted for Suzuki who are here celebrating 50 years of racing and I think we proved – like Cameron did in the Superbike TT – that the GSX-R1000 Superbike is a strong and reliable machine.”




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Bruce Anstey took just one podium finish during the 2010 Isle of Man TT, bringing the haul for Suzuki in its 50th year of international racing to just two (Suzuki)
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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oh really ! - Unregistered

June 16, 2010 12:28 AM

cam has it ? but the bikes dont, ya better go tell alister seeley,he won the NW200 superbike race on one, and cam and anstey were in the same race ?miles behind seely,well stuffed! now cam and anstey are two great road racers,i cheer them both on ! but they come over here to the road race season with little or no racing under their belt for the season,and hope tp win the tt etc ,now that has worked in the past,but not now,hutchy ,mcstout seeley etc are well race sharp,come the big races,and its showing,anstey and cam look well race rusty compared to their rivals.



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