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Bruce Anstey claims ninth TT success in Supersport race

It was the second closest finish in the history of the event, with Mark Baldwin's triumph on the Padgetts Honda in the1995 Ultra Lightweight TT race by 0.6 seconds over Mick Lofthouse the narrowest margin of victory ever recorded.

Speaking after a pulsating final lap that kept fans on the edge of their seats, an overwhelmed Anstey – a hugely popular winner on the Island – revealed his CBR600RR was beginning to run out of fuel in the closing miles, although he still lapped at 126.634mph.

“I wasn't sure I was going to make it over the line because I could feel the bike going – I can't believe it,” he said.

“I just kept my head down and went as fast as I could and I could see the times coming down and down.”

Anstey described the victory as his 'toughest' achievement since he made his TT debut ten years ago.

“I think that's the toughest one ever. I rode as hard as I could on that last lap.

“We had the bike on the dyno all week just trying to squeeze as much power out of it as we could because we knew it was going to be a really tight race.”

Johnson's demise gifted William Dunlop his first TT podium, with John McGuinness fourth, eight seconds behind Dunlop, and the top six completed by James Hillier and Ian Lougher.



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Bruce Anstey celebrates his victory in the opening Supersport race at the Isle of Man TT
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW in the Senior TT.
Ivan Lintin won the Lightweight TT on the Devitt RC Express Kawasaki.
Bruce Anstey, William Dunlop and Daley Mathison were the top three in the SES TT Zero race.
Bruce Anstey won the SES TT Zero race on the Mugen.
Ian Hutchinson o the Team Traction Control Yamaha R6 at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on the Team Traction Control Yamaha in the second Monster Energy Supersport race at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW Superstock machine at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on his Tyco BMW Superstock machine at the Isle of Man TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Street Sweep Yamaha R6 at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on the Team Traction Control Yamaha at the Isle of Man TT.
Michael Rutter on the Bathams SMT BMW at the Isle of Man TT
Paul Shoesmith was killed in a crash during a practice lap for the Isle of Man TT.
John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Fireblade at Ballacrye
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW at the Isle of Man TT
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW Superbike at the Isle of Man TT.
John McGuinness on the Honda Racing Superbike during Isle of Man TT practice.

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2boyz - Unregistered

June 05, 2012 1:36 AM

Great racing from a TT veteran, tiny margin after such a long race distance. Great job, while I do feel sorry for some of the other players, how many times has Bruce been robbed of a win (that's racing i guess). Kiwi race fan



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