Ulster GP: Anstey out to re-claim lap record

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Bruce Anstey is looking to round out his 2017 road racing season on a high after a tough year so far.

Anstey is yet to win a race this season but he’s hoping his fortune will change at Dundrod this week.

Riding as always for the Padgetts team, Anstey will campaign the exotic RC213-VS MotoGP-inspired machine in the Superbike class as well as a CBR600RR and for the first time at the Ulster Grand Prix, his RS250 Classic TT bike.

Until Ian Hutchinson clocked a new lap record at 134.089mph last year, Anstey was the long-standing lap record holder at the Ulster and has high hopes for taking it back as racing gets underway on Thursday.


“Right conditions, we’ll be pushing each other and pushing 135 I reckon,” he said.  “I’d really like to have the record back to be honest, but we’ll see what happens. I’ll be trying”.

“I’ve got a good chance on everything really, and this is the first time I’ve run a 250 around here so I’m looking forward to that. It’ll be pretty much flat out everywhere and it’s going to be good fun to ride, but the 600 is good as well”.

“At the North West I just struggled to get going and it was the same at the Isle of Man. Then in the Senior we got up into the top five and the bike let go. The season has been pretty rubbish, but I don’t really feel any pressure here. I just want to ride well, give it 100% and see how we get on.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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