Anstey finishes TT 2016 on a high.
The Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Honda team wrapped up their highly successful campaign at the 2016 Isle of Man TT Races on Friday with Bruce Anstey taking a fine sixth place finish in the Senior TT.
Back on board the Honda RCV213S, the Kiwi made a rapid start to the six lap race, which was delayed by over three hours due to mist, and with an opening lap of 131.086mph he slotted into fourth place. And with a faster lap second time around, 131.595mph, he moved up to third to take hold of the final podium spot.
On the third lap, Bruce was overhauled by John McGuinness but another 130mph on the fourth lap saw him maintain fourth place as he came in for his second fuel stop. However, by this time, the injuries sustained in the practice crash last Thursday were beginning to take their toll and Bruce was unable to keep Dean Harrison at bay.
The Kawasaki rider pushed Bruce back to fifth on the penultimate lap but he put in another 128mph+ lap on the sixth and final lap of the 37 and ¾-mile Mountain Course and he duly crossed the line for an excellent fifth place.
Bruce Anstey: “It was an ok race for me but the first half went better than the second! I had a strong first two laps and felt really good on the bike, which was working really well. I had John in my sights on the road but after half race distance I was hanging on as my whole body was aching. I was losing strength so was a bit powerless to respond but did everything I could do. The injuries have obviously affected my week but fifth place on a brand new bike is a good way to finish so I can’t complain.”
Clive Padgett, Team Owner: “To bring a brand new bike to the TT and finish fifth in the Senior race is something we can all be proud of. Bruce showed his pace in the early stages and we have to be happy with his second lap speed of 131.5mph. He started to cramp up a bit after the second lap though and had to drop back but we’re still chuffed to bits for him. The effort from the whole team has been simply excellent and with mega results from Conor (Cummins) earlier in the week we’ll take what we’ve got from TT2016.”
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