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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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