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TT2014: Anstey raises bar with 130mph benchmark

Valvoline Padgett's Honda rider Bruce Anstey laps at almost 131mph to set Superbike pace for second night in a row during Isle of Man TT practice
Bruce Anstey topped the Superbike times for a second night during Isle of Man TT practice with a stunning lap of 130.86mph.

The Kiwi shot to the top of the leaderboard on the Valvoline Padgett's Honda on his second lap, but Michael Dunlop also appeared on course for a 130mph lap at least until the Ulsterman ran out of fuel at Governor's Dip.

Dunlop had clocked 129.032mph from a standing start on his BMW Motorrad S1000RR, which was still good enough to give the seven-time TT winner fourth overall on the Superbike leaderboard.

John McGuinness was second quickest on the Honda Racing CBR1000RR SP at 129.395mph, with Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin (129.164mph) in third.

Behind Dunlop, Bathams BMW rider Michael Rutter (128.728mph) and Manxman Conor Cummins (128.719mph) completed the first six.

McGuinness, still battling back to fitness after breaking his scaphoid, said: “It's getting there and I never even thought I'd be competing. It's tiring for me to be honest because I'm not bike fit, but with more time on the bike we'll get a little bit better.”

Northern Ireland's Lee Johnston led the way in the Supersport class on his East Coast Honda at 123.803mph from Gary Johnson on the Smiths Triumph (123.576mph) and team-mate Michael Rutter (123.402mph).

Tyco Suzuki's William Dunlop was next at 123.063mph, followed by Dean Harrison on the Mar-Train Yamaha (122.858mph) and Martin (122.803mph).

Bournemouth's James Hillier secured the best Superstock lap on his Quattro Plant Kawasaki of 126.243mph from Michael Dunlop (125.840mph) and Rutter (125.325mph).

In the Lightweight class, Ivan Lintin went top with an average speed of 117.297mph from returning Scotsman Keith Amor (115.595mph) and James Cowton (115.036mph). Olie Linsdell was fourth on the Paton at 114.950mph ahead of last year's winner Hillier (114.743mph) and Ryan Farquhar (114.452mph).

Peter Hickman was again the fastest newcomer as the Ice Valley BMW rider managed a superb lap at almost 120mph.

The Sidecar practice session was abandoned at 8.30pm after a red-flag incident at Kerrowmoar involving Nev Jones and Milan Vorel.

Jones escaped injury, although Vorel was airlifted to Nobles Hospital where he is being assessed for possible leg fractures.

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