Bruce Anstey is aiming to return to winning ways at the Vauxhall International North West 200 next week after his stunning podium record at the event came to an end last year.

The Flying Kiwi had managed to finish in the top three at the famous race at least once each year since he won the Superstock race on his debut in 2002.

However, Anstey came off while holding second place in the Superbike race and his chance of preserving his incredible run of podiums was ended.

"Yeah, I lost my podium run at last year's North West but I kept it going at the TT and Ulster so I would like to get it back on track at the North West," he said.

"I was lying second in the Superbike race last year when I fell off at Church and if the chance for a win is there I will go for it."

Anstey will ride the 2016 Fireblade at the North West in the Superbike class along with the new SP2 Superstock machine and a CBR600RR Honda in the Supersport class. He is set to return on the RC213V-S at the Isle of Man TT.

"I think the old Fireblade will still be fast enough to win after it went through the speed trap at over 209mph last year," he said.
"I want to win but it is getting harder every year with all the BSB guys coming over. The new stocker is a bit of an unknown but we should be there or thereabouts. The opposition is very strong. I was looking at the top 20 on the entry list and there's a lot of good riders in there.

"I think the racing will be really close this year. Michael Dunlop will be in there no matter what, Hutchy is riding really well and Lee Johnston could get in my way too!"

British Superbike rider Glenn Irwin is also entered on the PBM Ducati and Anstey expects the Northern Ireland rider to be a major player.

"He will be quick for sure, but it will be interesting to see if the bike stands the stress on the engine of going flat out for so long on the high-speed straights."

Practice take place on Tuesday with final qualifying and the first three races scheduled on Thursday, May 11.

 

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