TT 2016: Anstey OK after fast practice off

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Bruce Anstey is said to be OK after a fast off in Thursday evening’s practice session at this year’s Isle of Man TT.

The New Zealander came off near Keppel Gate on his third lap in yesterday’s practice session. He was airlifted to Nobles Hospital for checks on the ankle he injured at the North West 200, but was given the all-clear and left hospital shortly after.

The bike he crashed was his CBR1000RR Superbike, not the exotic RC213V-S MotoGP replica he may ride in one of the two big bike races. The Valvoline Padgetts Racing team are now busy re-building the Fireblade ahead of tonight’s practice session and are even having to have parts flown over to the island.

“Bruce is alright,” team boss Clive Padgett told MCN. “He came to dinner with us last night and was fine; he was only taken to hospital for a check-up. He went down on the Fireblade and we’re now re-building that ahead of tonight.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing