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Anstey fastest heading into first race

The Padgetts Honda rider sets a best speed of 131.431mph to give himself the advantage heading into the first Superbike race.
Bruce Anstey has established himself as the man to beat ahead of the first race for the 2011 edition of the Isle of Man TT.

The Kiwi put in his session topping lap towards the end of the fifth and final practice day, managing a speed of 131.431mph, marginally off the lap record. His performance also sees him with the Graham London Limited edition TT Watch award for the first time in qualifying.

His efforts denied John McGuinness by a fairly comfortable margin, the Honda TT Legends rider coming in at 130.615mph, while Guy Martin was just behind on 130.075mph aboard his Relentless by TAS Suzuki.

In all, the top six times came on the final day of practice, held in ideal conditions following the cancellation of Thursday's session. Michael Dunlop was fourth fastest on his Street Sweet Kawasaki to ensure three different manufacturers filled the top four, while Gary Johnson and Michael Rutter followed on their respective Honda and Ducati machines.

Cameron Donald is seventh as the best of the Wilson Craig Hondas, his team-mate William Dunlop in tenth, the pair being split by Daniel Stewart and Keith Amor.

Elsewhere, notable names include BSB EVO competitior James Hillier in 11th, while Ryan Farquhar is down in 14th after a difficult week on the KMR Kawasaki. Simon Andrews, meanwhile, improved his time on the Friday to be 25th on the Ice Valley BMW.

Michael Dunlop, meanwhile, heads both the Superstock and Supersport classes – riding respective Kawasaki and Yamaha bikes. He heads on Johnson and Anstey at Superstock level, while Donald and Anstey follow him on the Supersport.



Related Pictures

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Bruce Anstey - Padgetts Honda [pic credit: Isle of Man TT Media]
Michael Rutter celebrates winning the 350cc Classic TT
Michael Dunlop, Bruce Anstey and Ryan Farquhar were the top three in the Formula 1 race at the Classic TT
Dan Cooper and Michael Rutter in the 350cc Classic TT
Michael Dunlop won the Formula 1 Classic TT on the Team Classic Suzuki
Michael Rutter on the Ripley Land Racing Honda at the Classic TT
Michael Rutter on the Ripley Land Honda
Michael Dunlop and Michael Rutter at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT
Peter Hickman on the Mistral Kawasaki at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Steelcote Solutions Kawasaki at the Classic TT
Trevor Nation and Steve Spray on the JPS Rotary Nortons.
Picture courtesy of Motorcycle News
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki at the Classic TT
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT
Ian Lougher on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki at the Classic TT
Ian Hutchinson on the PBM Kawasaki
Tyco BMW`s Guy Martin

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MM - Unregistered

June 04, 2011 12:19 PM

Anstey has really thrown down the gauntlet as that wasn't even a flying lap time. Looking forward to the showdown. Here's to a safe and mechanically sound race for everyone.



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