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TT 2016: Questions over eligibility of Anstey's RCV

A number of team bosses and riders have raised questions over the eligibility of Bruce Anstey's Valvoline Padgetts Honda RC213V-S ahead of Saturday's RST Superbike TT.
Rumblings of discontent surfaced in the Isle of Man TT paddock on Wednesday over the eligibility of Bruce Anstey's Valvoline Padgetts Honda RC213V-S.

Reports suggested questions had been raised by some team bosses and riders over whether or not the MotoGP replica could legitimately compete in Saturday's RST Superbike race.

However, TT boss Paul Phillips has confirmed that the machine meets current regulations and the rules state that 'all Superbike, Superstock and Supersport machines must be on the 2016 FIM list of homologated motorcycles'.

Most relevantly, the regulations also determine that 'other machines may be admitted at the discretion of the Race Organisers'.

Anstey has been hugely impressive on the £138,000 V4 racer, completing four laps in practice and setting his best speed in excess of 128mph.

The Flying Kiwi seemed to be on course for a high 129mph lap time on his flying lap on Tuesday evening, but seemed to slow off in the final sectors, leading to suggestions the 10-time TT winner is unprepared to show his hand just yet.

In addition to the exotic RC213V-S, other bespoke machines at the TT include the Suter 500cc two-stroke ridden by Ian Lougher, with Aussie David Johnson on the Norton SG5.

Related Pictures

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Bruce Anstey on the Honda RC213V-S during practice for 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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June 01, 2016 7:36 PM

Well let's all hope the RC213V-S is able to race, i have to admit the TT is getting a little stale with all the machines being road replica's, the more exotic the better and open pipes that's what the TT fans want. The TT needs to regain some of the magic of old. I'm going and cannot wait to see the RCV-S in action as well as the Suter Two-Stroke and the Norton/Aprillia. :) :)

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