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Ulster GP: Bruce Anstey sets Superbike benchmark

Valvoline Padgetts Honda rider Bruce Anstey has taken pole position in the Superbike class at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix after a red-hot lap of 133.163mph
Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix outright lap record holder Bruce Anstey bagged pole for Saturday's showpiece Superbike races at Dundrod with a sizzling 133.163mph.

The Kiwi made the most of dry roads and warm sunshine to set the pace on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda Fireblade from Tyco Suzuki's Guy Martin, a double Superbike winner last year, who lapped at 132.045mph.

Anstey's outright lap record, set in 2010 on the Relentless TAS Suzuki, stands at 133.977mph. The 44-year-old also became the fastest rider ever to lap the Mountain Course at the TT this year with a speed in excess of 132mph.

William Dunlop sealed a spot on the front row on the second Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000 with a lap of 132.045mph.

BMW Motorrad's Michael Dunlop was fourth fastest (131.683mph) with the second row completed by Lee Johnston at 131.670mph and Manx rider Dan Kneen on the Cookstown B.E. Racing Suzuki (131.208mph).

Peter Hickman, who became the fastest newcomer in history at the Isle of Man TT in June with a 129mph lap, continues to impress as the circuit rookie finished seventh overall on the Ice Valley BMW Superstock machine, lapping at 131.190mph.

Hickman's lap is the fastest ever set by a newcomer at Dundrod with the British Superbike contender taking over the mantle from Dean Harrison, who lapped at 130.212mph on his bow in 2012.




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Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
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Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
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Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
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Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.
Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston in the winners` enclosure following the 2015 500cc Classic TT
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Ian Hutchinson leads Michael Dunlop in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his four wins at the Ulster Grand Prix.
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.

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whitehead

August 15, 2014 10:09 AM

ninja07: I assume eurosport will have tv highlights of the event,did see the armoy meeting on channel 4 last week,hope the weather is good for them
ninja07 you might well see the racing on Eurosport but not for 6-9 months,however BBC Northern Ireland is broadcasting the event on Monday and Tuesday night at 10.35 pm Go to the Ulster GP website for radio time, its on live.....



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