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TT 2016: Anstey to race MotoGP-based Honda RC213V-S

'It has always been a dream of mine to ride a MotoGP bike at the TT and this is as close as I will ever get' - Bruce Anstey.
'Flying Kiwi' Bruce Anstey is set to ride the MotoGP-derived Honda RC213V-S at this year's Isle of Man TT.

Anstey will have a specially prepared version of the exotic V4 racer and will test the bike during practice alongside his Valvoline Padgett's Racing Honda Fireblade.

The 10-time TT winner will then decide whether or not to race the £138,000 RCV in the RST Superbike race on June 4, which is the opening event of the 2016 schedule.

Anstey, who is a former outright lap record holder at the TT and last year's Superbike winner, said: “It has always been a dream of mine to ride a MotoGP bike at the TT and this is as close as I will ever get.

 “Clive is the only person in the world who could put something like this together and if he says it is OK I am with him 100 per-cent. 

“He hasn't just pulled it out of the crate and said we are racing it,” added Anstey. “Clive and the team have done a lot of work to the bike to make it ready for the TT.”

The veteran racer believes the Grand Prix machine will be the perfect package around the Mountain Course due to its power-to-weight ratio.

“The RCV should be an absolute weapon because it has loads of power but it feels as nimble as a 600,” he said.

“It should be stable too as it's over two inches longer than a Fireblade but is still really small and compact. I am really looking forward to seeing how it handles through the quick corners because it will be able to turn so fast.”

Team boss Clive Padgett said that the idea for the incredible venture originally came from a customer:

“I was having a few pints of Guinness with a customer who had just bought an RCV from us and he said wouldn't it be great to see one of them going down Bray Hill. That planted the seed in my head and it has been germinating ever since,” he said.

“The TT is all about pioneering innovation and I really wanted to do something different. I see this as being in the spirit of what Mr Honda did when he first came to the TT with his race bikes in 1959.

“I think this will bring even more global attention to the TT this year and that can only be a good thing. I am really giddy about it all. I might be over 50 now but inside I am still a 19-year-old racer!”

Preparing the RCV for the rigours of the world's toughest motorcycle race has been a huge challenge for Padgett and his Valvoline-backed squad.  

“It has been a very difficult project to pull together,” Padgett said.  “We have had to beef the bike up for the TT course and we can't get anything off the shelf so everything has had to be made bespoke.

“Things like the wheels, the K-Tech forks, the rear shocks, the brakes and the radiator guards have all had to be specially made.”

The RCV's standard package produces a mere 159bhp but with the £10,000 race kit fitted, which includes a titanium exhaust and a special ECU, the V4 delivers over 200bhp.  

“I love Bruce to bits and I wanted to give him the best motorcycle in the world to ride. That's what this bike is all about,” Padgett concluded.
With Suter entering its 500GP-inspired two-stroke, grand prix based machinery both past and present will be competing in this year's TT event..

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Bruce Anstey is set to ride a Honda RC213V-S at the Isle of Man TT
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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May 25, 2016 10:53 AM

Good luck to Clive and the Team, whichever bike they choose to run. Watch out also for Australian Champion Dave Johnson on the Factory works Norton with Aprilia World-Superbike engine. Dave is 9th fastest man on the TT course, with a 131mph lap, and he broke the lap record on the bike at recent Jurby tests.

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