Bruce Anstey will stand in for ex-team-mate John McGuinness at Mugen for this year’s TT Zero, it has been announced.
Missing the event for the first time since he started in 1996, McGuinness was ruled out of action by the injuries sustained in his nasty crash at the North West 200 earlier this month.
As the winner of last year’s race, Anstey is the natural replacement for the 45-year-old. Originally ousted from the team for 2017 in favour of TV-star Guy Martin, he will no doubt be keen to prove that he can beat the man he was replaced by over the one lap race.
A statement released by Mugen read: “Following the injuries sustained by John McGuinness during qualifying for the recent North West 200 event that will rule him out of the 2017 Isle of Man TT races, Mugen has engaged Bruce Anstey as team-mate to Guy Martin to pilot the #1-plate Mugen Shinden Roku in the TT Zero Challenge class.
“Mugen expressed concern for McGuinness’ injuries and wish him a full and speedy recovery and after deep consideration the decision taken was that Bruce Anstey, with his depth of experience and knowledge of, not only the TT course, but also the Mugen Shinden, was the natural choice to turn to. As the reigning TT Zero champion, Anstey will have the opportunity to defend the title and will hope to push the benchmark for the zero emissions class to over 120mph average speed.”
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