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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.



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Bruce Anstey - Padgetts Honda [pic credit: Isle of Man TT Media]
Ryan Farquhar with his wife Karen in the Royal Victoria Hospital
Conor Cummins will race for Padgett`s Honda in the Supersport and Superstock races at the Isle of Man TT.
Lee Johnston on the East Coast/Burdens Triumph at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Fireblade at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade at the North West 200
Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW in the Superstock race at the North West 200
Jeremy McWilliams on the Mar-Train Yamaha at the North West 200
Ivan Lintin on the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki at the North West 200
Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW Superstock machine at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Honda Fireblade at the North West 200
Michael Rutter on the Bathams SMT BMW at the North West 200
Ryan Farquhar and Dan Cooper at the North West 200
Alastair Seeley celebrates winning his 16th North West 200 in the Supersport race from Ian Hutchinson and Martin Jessopp.
Alastair Seeley on the Briggs BMW Superbike at the North West 200.
Alastair Seeley on the Gearlink Kawasaki at the North West 200
Alastair Seeley on the Briggs BMW at the North West 200
Michael Rutter on the Bathams SMT BMW at the North West 200.

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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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