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Bruce Anstey wins the Ulster Grand Prix

Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race two

Finishing order: Bruce Anstey, Guy Martin, Lee Johnston

Valvoline Padgett’s Honda veteran Bruce Anstey might have celebrated his 45th birthday in 2014 but he also became the undisputed fastest road racer on the planet. In the Superbike TT in June the Flying Kiwi became the first man to lap the Mountain course at over 132mph to add the TT lap record to his 2010 mark of 133.977mph set at the Ulster Grand Prix, the world’s fastest road race.

It was at Dundrod that Anstey scored his best win of 2014 in the feature Superbike race. Tyco Suzuki’s Guy Martin had pipped the Kiwi to the flag during Thursday’s thrilling Dundrod 150 Superbike event, establishing him as the favourite for Saturday’s big race. True to form, Martin led for almost all of the race, holding off Anstey and Pirtek Honda’s Lee Johnston in a threeway battle.

But on the seventh and final lap, the veteran New Zealander used all of his vast experience to make his move at Tournagrough, taking the lead and holding off the Tyco Suzuki rider to take his 10th Dundrod win by 0.26 secs. The victory also ensured that Anstey maintained his incredible record of having finished on the podium at every NW200, TT and UGP for the past 12 years. 

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Stephen Davison

By Stephen Davison

Biographer of John McGuinness & road racing's foremost writer & photographer