Tuesday, June 3


WELLINGTON's Bruce Anstey has established a new Isle of Man Superbike lap record.  Fighting his way back from a slow opening lap that included running down a slip road, Anstey fought his way back from 14th place to an eventual fourth place finish.

One of the pre-race favourites, the Kiwi rider had set the early pace in TT practice with lap of 127.473 mph, edging out fellow Honda rider John McGuinness, whose best lap was 126.355 mph.

A day later the Padgett's Honda rider became the first man to post a 130 mph lap at this year's event to top the Superbike charts in near perfect conditions. 

His quickest lap of 130.86 mph came on his second lap of the Tuesday evening session on the CBR1000RR Fireblade.  McGuinness was second quickest with a lap of 129.395 mph. 

"The bike feels really good, we've a new engine this year and it's strong. My bike was just as fast as Michael Dunlop's BMW so I am pleased," Anstey said.

But it was Dunlop on the BMW S1000RR fitted with a factory race engine who ended the week fastest in Superbike practice, clocking a best lap of 131.50 mph on Friday evening.  That was just 1.4 seconds outside John McGuinness's outright lap record. 

Dunlop topped the Superbike leaderboard by six seconds from Padgett's Honda pilot Anstey, who recorded a lap of 130.86 earlier in the week. 

Tyco TAS Suzuki rider Guy Martin was third quickest on 130.10 mph. 

On the first lap of the race, Dunlop he Ballymoney man broke the absolute lap record on his first circuit at an average speed of 131.73 mph.That was from a standing start!

The 25-year-old upped thjat to 131.89 mph on his second lap but fourth-placed finisher Anstey improved that again with an amazing 132.30 mph on the final lap to establish a new outright TT lap record.