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Ulster GP: Bruce Anstey to ride exotic RCV at Dundrod

'I got a bit knocked about and bruised with my off at the TT so this is my chance to get out there and do the bike justice' - Bruce Anstey.
Bruce Anstey will ride the MotoGP-based Honda RC213V-S at the MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix in August.

Anstey caused a sensation when he opted to ride the exotic V4 racer at the Isle of Man TT for Clive Padgett's Valvoline-backed team in preference to his trusty Honda Fireblade.

However, a crash during practice at Keppel Gate left him feeling second hand and the Flying Kiwi was unable to race to his full potential, finishing eighth and fifth in the Superbike and Senior TT races respectively.

The 46-year-old has tasted success in the Superbike class at Dundrod three times in the past five years and Anstey is relishing the chance to unleash the £138,000 machine at the fastest road race in the world, where he established the outright lap record of 133.977mph in 2010 on a Suzuki GSX-R1000.

“I'm really pleased that we're able to bring the RCV to Dundrod and that I'll get another run out on it before the season ends. Everyone has been asking Clive about whether it's going to be there or not, there's a lot of interest in it and now we can confirm it,” said Anstey.

“I think the bike will go down really well at the Ulster and I'm looking forward to setting off down the Flying Kilo. It's fantastic to ride and should handle the fast, flowing corners of the circuit with ease.

“I'm looking forward to riding the RCV at full fitness too,” he added. “I got a bit knocked about and bruised with my off at the TT so this is my chance to get out there and do the bike justice.”

A host of top names will be in action at Dundrod, with Michael Dunlop and Ian Hutchinson renewing their rivalry following their spat at the TT, while Peter Hickman returns following his sensational win in the second Superbike race in 2015.

Lee Johnston – a treble winner last August – and William Dunlop are also leading contenders along with Honda Racing's Conor Cummins.

Speculation continues over whether or not Guy Martin will be on the grid at the event. The Tyco BMW rider was badly injured in a high-speed spill in the Dundrod 150 Superbike race last year and hasn't raced on the roads since.

However, the Ulster GP organisers haven't given up hope on Martin and are optimistic that the Lincolnshire star will make the trip to Northern Ireland.

The event takes place from August 10-13 and this year includes a Superpole qualifying session for the Superbike class - a first for an international road race meeting.

Related Pictures

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Bruce Anstey on the Honda RC213V-S during practice for the Isle of Man TT.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Fireblade SP2
Gary Johnson will run his own team at TT 2017.
Conor Cummins has joined the Padgetts Racing Honda team for 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.
Alastair Seeley with the Tyco BMW he will race at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Jackson Racing Honda.
Michael Dunlop, Carl Cox, [Credit: Holeshot PR]
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 Kneen has signed for the Penz13.com Racing Team for the 2017 road races.
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.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Ducati at the Macau Grand Prix.

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