31 July 2013
Ulster Grand Prix: Anstey to ride iconic Britten at Dundrod
'To get the opportunity to ride this fantastic machine around Dundrod, where I hold the lap record, means the world to me' - Bruce Anstey
The Dundrod and District Motorcycle Club has confirmed that Kiwi rider Bruce Anstey will parade his native country's most iconic bike, the revolutionary Britten V1000, during the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix on August 17.
The legendary bike, which was designed by visionary engineer John Britten in the early 1990s, is one of only 10 in existence around the world and is a much sought-after collectors item, with one model even displayed in the Guggenheim Museum's 'Art of the Motorcycle' exhibition.
Many feel the machine is testament to John Britten's brilliant mind that one of the world's most mechanically advanced motorcycles was made in New Zealand and not Japan or Europe.
Anstey, who holds the outright lap record at Dundrod following a stunning lap at almost 134mph in 2010, said: “To get the opportunity to ride this fantastic machine around Dundrod, where I hold the lap record, means the world to me.”
The bike was designed from the ground up, and is host to multiple innovations including extensive use of carbon fibre, a radiator that is located under the seat, double wishbone front suspension, a frameless chassis and engine data logging.
Once perfected, the V1000 – John Britten's labour of love – was extremely competitive, quickly earning a reputation as the fastest four-stroke motorbike in the world.
Noel Johnston, Clerk of the Course at the Ulster Grand Prix, said: “Whenever I heard the Britten was in the UK I contacted the owner, Kevin Grant, to see if he would bring it to the Ulster Grand Prix.
“Bruce has been a great ambassador for road racing and I knew he would enjoy a lap around Dundrod.
“The parade lap will take place between races on Saturday, August 17,” he added.
“The bike will also be on display in the paddock area on the Friday evening.”
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