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Anstey wins overshadowed TT Supersport race

Bruce Anstey returns to winning ways at the Isle of Man TT after capitalising on problems for Cameron Donald and Michael Dunlop.
Bruce Anstey has taken his first Isle of Man TT win since 2008 after triumphing in a competitive, but otherwise overshadowed, Isle of Man TT Supersport Race 1.

The Kiwi prevailed in a closely fought exchange with several riders, with as many as four men – Anstey, Cameron Donald, Michael Dunlop and Gary Johnson - occupying the top spot at some stage.

The restarted race itself had been shortened to three laps following a red flag less two laps into the first start, prompted by a serious high-speed accident for Derek Brien. The Irishman was later confirmed to have died from injuries sustained in the accident [see separate story].

From the start, it was Donald that led initially, though he would be overhauled by Dunlop on the Street Sweep Yamaha, while Anstey, Johnson and Superbike TT race winner John McGuinness followed behind.

While the majority of the field dived into the pit lane for stops at the end of the first lap, Dunlop and Johnson carried on in an attempt to put air between themselves and their rivals. However, Dunlop's bid was ended by mechanical problems on that lap, leaving Johnson as the man to watch as he pitted.

He eventually came in, but by the time he had exited and gotten back up to speed, he was down to fifth position, handing the lead back to Donald, who had Anstey for company less than five seconds behind him.

However, Donald's bid for victory would end shortly afterwards as he hit problems on the Wilson Craig Honda, promoting Anstey into a comfortable lead that he wouldn't lose to the end of the race. Victory marks Anstey's seventh career TT win and his first since 2008.

Three days after being hospitalised with a shoulder injury, Keith Amor bounced back for an impressive second place finish, just ahead of Guy Martin. The Relentless by TAS Suzuki rider had actually crashed during the first running of the race, but was allowed to resume his place on the start line by virtue of there being a full restart.

Johnson ended up in fourth position, ahead of McGuinness, Dan Kneen, Ian Lougher, Ben Wylie, Ian Mackman and Daniel Stewart.

Related Pictures

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Bruce Anstey - Padgetts Honda [pic credit: Glynne Lewis]
Ian Lougher on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki at the Classic TT
Lee Johnston, Peter Hickman and Michael Dunlop on the Superstock podium at the Ulster Grand Prix
Tyco BMW`s Guy Martin
Tyco BMW`s Guy Martin
Bruce Anstey won the Dundrod 150 Superbike race
Bruce Anstey won the Dundrod 150 Superbike race at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix
Guy Martin on the Tyco BMW at the Ulster Grand Prix
Lee Johnston on the East Coast/Burdens BMW at the Isle of Man TT
Lee Johnston on the East Coast/Burdens BMW at the Isle of Man TT
John McGuinness and Ryan Farquhar will again compete at the Classic TT on Paton machinery for Roger Winfield
William Dunlop will ride for the Davies Motorsport Team at the Classic TT
Michael Dunlop won the feature Superbilke race the Armoy Road Races from Guy Martin and Dean Harrison
Steve Plater with Bruce Charman of Prime Factors
William Dunlop leads Derek McGee and Derek Sheils in the feature Superbike race at the Walderstown Road Races
Guy Martin celebrates winning the Solo Championship race with Dan Kneen andIvan Lintin
Guy Martin at the Southern 100

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MM - Unregistered

June 07, 2011 6:35 PM

Of course these racers understand the calculated risks they're taking, but when it's brought home in the worst possible way - the race having been red flagged due to a fatal accident - and they just go straight back out again at the same pace as before, mere words like 'courage' don't do them justice. It will be interesting to hear Hayden's remarks on his first visit to the TT this week.

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