5 June 2015
TT 2015: Anstey fastest in final qualifying session
Bruce Anstey tops Superbike timesheets during final Isle of Man TT qualifying session for RST Superbike race.
Bruce Anstey headed the Superbike times on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda during the final qualifying session on Friday evening at the Isle of Man TT.
The Kiwi lapped at 129.394mph to set the pace ahead of Michael Dunlop, who completed his first laps on the Hawk Racing Buildbase BMW following his split from the Milwaukee Yamaha team, lapping at 128.636mph.
Tyco BMW's Guy Martin was third quickest on the BW at 127.861mph ahead of team-mate William Dunlop (126.907mph).
However, Bingley man Ian Hutchinson remains at the helm of the combined Superbike practice leaderboard after his 130.266mph lap on Thursday, with John McGuinness second fastest overall on the Honda Racing Fireblade (130.030mph) following his best speed of the week, also established in fine conditions on Thursday.
Anstey's best lap from Thursday put him third fastest on the combined times at 129.957mph ahead of William Dunlop (129.419mph) and Lincolnshire star Martin (128.963mph), with Michael Rutter sixth overall on the Superbike leaderboard on the Penz13.com Bathams BMW.
Dean Harrison topped the Superstock times on the Mar-Train Yamaha at 126.059mph, although Michael Dunlop's lap of 129.659mph on Thursday on the MD Racing BMW was by far the best lap of the week as the Ulsterman leads the way from Hutchinson (128.308mph) and Australia's David Johnson on the Smiths Racing BMW (127.470mph).
Hutchinson was quickest in the Supersport class on the TCC Yamaha with a speed of 124.927mph, which was enough for second overall on the leaderboard behind Anstey, who lapped at 125.218mph earlier in the week.
Ryan Farquhar remains the fastest Lightweight competitor following his lap on Thursday at 117.432mph on the SGS/KMR Kawasaki.
At the end of the evening a few of the Zero machines also had their first outing ahead of Wednesday's SES TT Zero with lap record holder John McGuinness showing the form that saw him triumph in last year's race, lapping at 113mph as his Mugen team-mate Bruce Anstey broke down.
The Victory Racing pair of William Dunlop and Lee Johnston both posted hugely impressive debut laps of 105.185mph and 104.185mph respectively.
The F2 Sidecars were first away on Friday and, as with previous sessions, the outfits left the line in numerical order with Dave Molyneux/Ben Binns, Conrad Harrison/Mike Aylott, Ben and Tom Birchall, Tim Reeves/Patrick Farrance and John Holden/Dan Sayle the first five crews to head towards Bray Hill.
Molyneux led the lap all the way round and was first across the line at 113.12mph with Harrison next quickest at 111.96mph.
Holden went to the top of the leaderboard with a speed of 113.22mph but pulled in immediately to make adjustments to his suspension. Reeves had a slow lap at 104.91mph but the Birchalls fared even worse at 90.65mph and clearly had problems.
Gary Bryan/Jamie Winn and Karl Bennett/Lee Cain posted almost identical times at 109.58mph and 109.55 mph respectively, the former reporting blustery winds over the Mountain.
Molyneux continued straight through for a second lap and went quickest at 114.687 mph, just a whisker outside Holden's fastest lap of the week set on Thursday.
Reeves, who was running in an engine in on his first lap, posted a speed of 113.3mph.
Holden failed to go quicker on his second lap but Knight continued for a third lap and improved again to 109.67mph.
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