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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]
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Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 at the Classic TT
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT
Guy Martin celebrates his Dundrod 150 Superbike win with the Tyco Suzuki team
Guy Martin on the Tyco Suzuki at the Ulster Grand Prix
Tyco Suzuki`s Guy Martin at the Ulster Grand Prix
Michael Dunlop at the Ulster Grand Prix on the BMW Motorrad S1000RR

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Tom - Unregistered

June 04, 2011 12:53 PM

Anstey was leading coming into 1st pit stop, came out 12 seconds behind McGuiness then broke down on next lap. No-one left to get anywhere near McGuiness. Martin off the boil.



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