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Ulster GP: Anstey predicts first 134mph lap

Valvoline Padgetts Honda rider Bruce Anstey is confident his five-year-old lap record at the Ulster Grand Prix will fall this year at the awesome Dundrod course.
Bruce Anstey is predicting a record-breaking Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix in August, where the Flying Kiwi is confident of achieving the first 134mph lap at Dundrod.

The 45-year-old is the outright lap record holder at the fastest road race in the world after clocking a blistering 133.977mph in 2010 but Anstey says his long-standing benchmark can finally be surpassed in the right conditions this year at the awesome 7.4-mile course.

“It's my fifth year with Padgetts and my fifth year with the Fireblade so we know exactly where we are with the bikes,” said the Valvoline Padgetts Honda rider, who finally won his maiden Superbike race at the Isle of Man TT in June.

“The Superbike handles so well and we've been making improvements to the engine year on year. It's a proven package really so we're definitely in a good place.

“I didn't think that record would last this long, but I can see it going this year. If it's dry we've just got to smash it. I don't know how fast we'll go, but with the speeds we've been riding this season I'd say we're in with a good shout,” he added.

“Even last year we weren't far off in tricky conditions so on a good day it will definitely be broken.”

Anstey holds an incredible record of having finished on the podium at every international road race since 2002.

The final major international road race of the year at Dundrod takes place from August 3-8 and has attracted a stunning line-up, including Guy Martin, Michael Dunlop, Dan Kneen, Dean Harrison, Lee Johnston, Ian Hutchinson, William Dunlop and Peter Hickman.

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Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
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July 08, 2015 10:06 AM

If the the conditions are right then i would say Bruce could do this but he has to be in the mood and had his nap. I will not bet against him. At 45 he has suprised me this year and is more hungry than ever and rode very well at the TT . He likes Dundrod and a dry day will make it very interesting. Hutchy has in my view added spice to the meeting and a man who in so many words is out to make up for the years sitting on the sidelines due to injury. Michael D has to come to the party. Hope the UGP gets a dry week for it looks set to be a great meeting.


July 07, 2015 9:50 PM

I'm sure it will & Anstey will be the man to break it no doubt, I'm sure Bruce won't mind that!! If Bruce was a few years younger, the rest of the riders might aswell stay at home. Legend..some rider, he will put the old reliable Fireplace through its paces. She's a good old girl, a bit slow compared to the new stuff but still able.

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