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Bruce Anstey sets new lap record at the Ulster Grand PRix

Bruce Anstey has become the fastest road racer in the world, lapping the 7.401-mile Dundrod circuit in Northern Ireland at 133.977mph.
The fastest road racer on Earth is 41-year-old Bruce Anstey, who averaged 133.977mph around the 7.401-mile Dundrod circuit.

Riding the Relentless by TAS Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike, the New Zealand star secured his astonishing record speed during the final race of the day at Saturday's Ulster Grand Prix, the world's fastest road race.

Not only did Anstey set the new record, he also took victory in the Superbike race – the 12th Ulster win for the TAS team.

He was unfortunate not take victory in the opening Superbike race, a six-lap thriller involving six riders. During a radio interview after the race, Anstey suggest, in his typically succinct style, that backmarkers destroyed his race at the Lindsay Hairpin on the final circuit, leaving him in second place.

Anstey said:

“I said before today that our bikes were very competitive and while I missed out in the cat and mouse game for victory in the opening Superbike race, I wasn't going to make the same mistake twice.”

“Granted, there wasn't much in it between the top four or five guys today, but ultimately we proved that the GSX-R1000 in Relentless Suzuki trim is not only the best, but the fastest road racing Superbike on the planet.”

“A big thank you to all the boys in the team today for a big effort – they work hard all year and it's nice to give them something to boast about at the end of a tough season.”

Teammate Cameron Donald was riding despite suffering a viral infection, and put up a brave fight in every race. The day got off to a mediocre start, when he finished 11th in the Superstock race, but the Cookstown-based Australian was in the thick of the action in the Superbike encounters.

In the opening Superbike race he overshot at Cochranestown and lost out on the opportunity of a podium return to Dundrod, but in race two his lap times were only bettered by his world record-breaking teammate and those who flanked him on the podium. Donald eventually finished fourth with a best lap of 133.401mph.

Donald said it had been a 'tough day at the office' and added:

“My Superbike was working great and I really thought I had a win on the cards in the grand final. I ended up lapping inside the old lap record, so I have to take the positives from a good final race.”

“Big congratulations to Bruce for taking the win and bettering my new lap record which only lasted for a lap!”

TAS Team Manager Philip Neill said the Ulster Grand Prix had proved a high point in a difficult season for his team.

He explained:

“Fair play to both guys today. We have never hidden the fact that it's taken them both a bit of time to find their best form this season, for one reason or another, but as a team we are extremely pleased with our season. Cameron overshot in the opening Superbike race and Bruce was a tad misfortunate and we lost out. But in the final Superbike race – the one the fans all remember – we had two GSX-R1000s right in the mix for honours, and this is testament to the quality of our machinery.”

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tardozzi - Unregistered

August 16, 2010 2:55 PM

classy stuff the best you can get,5 riders dicing for the lead at 133mph average,scary too, touching each other goin round corners,motogp is boring compared to that,anstey fourth halfway round the last lap,passing three, to take the win

Maxx - Unregistered

August 16, 2010 12:26 PM

Well done Bruce...... :) He must have woke up on the right side of the bed and just in time as he's fighting for a contract with TAS again well m8... :)

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