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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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Bruce Anstey at the Isle of Man TT
Bruce Anstey on the Mugen machine at TT 2016.
Honda Racing riders John McGuinness and Guy Martin
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki at the North West 200
Guy Martin on the Wilson Craig Honda.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts Honda FIreblade.
Guy Martin on the 2017 Honda Racing Fireblade SP2
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Fireblade SP2
Gary Johnson will run his own team at TT 2017.
Lee Johnston has teamed up with Ryan Farquhar to race a KMR Kawasaki in the NI Air Ambulance colours at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.
Michael Dunlop has signed for Bennets Suzuki for the 2017 international road races.
Michael Dunlop has signed for the Bennett Suzuki team for 2017.
Guy Martin, John McGuinness Honda Racing, [Credit: Honda Racing]
Guy Martin, Honda Racing, [Credit: Honda Racing]
Josh Brookes has signed to ride for Norton at the Isle of Man TT in 2017.
Dan Hegarty won the TT Privateers Championship in 2016.
Peter Hickman will ride for Smiths Racing in 2017 at the international road races and in the British Superbike Championship.
Peter Hickman won the Macau Grand Prix for the second year running on the Bathams/SMT BMW.

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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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