BRUCE AND PADGETTS AND VALVOLINE BACK ON THE ISLE OF MAN
The Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles team will be making their third visit to the Isle of Man Classic TT event next week with Bruce Anstey competing in two races for the Batley-based outfit this year, the Motorsport Merchandise Superbike race and the Sure Lightweight event.
Held on the same 37 and ¾-mile Mountain Course which hosts the TT Races in June, Anstey has enjoyed two excellent years at the Classic TT, going head to head on each occasion in the four-lap Superbike race with Michael Dunlop. The Kiwi won the 2014 race from start to finish when he rode the team’s 1992 YZR500 Grand Prix Yamaha machine and set a new lap record of 123.894mph.
Bruce looked like he’d serve up a repeat performance twelve months ago when he again led the race in the early stages, holding a 12-second lead at half race distance after increasing his lap record to a staggering 126.261mph. However, a broken exhaust bracket necessitated an extra pit stop and the time lost meant he had to settle for second behind Dunlop so he’ll be keen to exact revenge this time around and go quicker still on the Grand Prix machine.
Anstey has an extra race on his schedule this year as he’ll also contest the newly introduced Lightweight Classic TT race. The 47-year old won the last ever Lightweight TT race held in 2002, lapping at 118.03mph, just outside John McGuinness’ 1999 lap record of 118.29mph and whilst it’s unlikely the race will see those speeds reached, the 11-times TT winner was one of the first entries received for the race where he’ll be on board a Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles RS250Honda. Clive Padgett’s expertise combined with Anstey’s supreme talent makes the combination the pre-race favourites for the four-lap race.
Bruce Anstey: “I’m really looking forward to the Classic TT as I’m getting the opportunity to ride my two favourite bikes on my favourite circuit in the world! Clive’s done a bit of work with the carburation on the YZR500 and even though it was only a demonstration lap, the bike felt good when I took it round the Dundrod circuit at last week’s Ulster GP. We’d been losing a bit of time in the early part of the lap at last year’s Classic TT but that should be cured now and with a bit more power again, I can’t wait for the race.”
“I can’t wait for the Lightweight race either as that’s obviously where I cut my teeth racing in the 1990s. I actually haven’t ridden a 250 one since I won the TT in 2002 so it’s going to be an interesting race. Clive’s been working flat out to get it ready in time and now that it is, it looks great so we should have some good fun on it.”
Clive Padgett, Team Owner: “It’s our third year with the 500cc YZR Yamaha at the Classic TT and we’re continuing to learn, continuing to develop and continuing to move forward with it so we’re all set for another go. We’ve made a few carburation changes which Bruce got to try at the Ulster Grand Prix and I think he’s going be really pushing for the win again this year. Getting the bike to complete the four laps is the main aim and last year proved that’s not as simple as it looks but whilst you can never be over confident, we’re looking forward to seeing how it goes this year.”
“The 250cc Honda has taken a bit of time to get ready but we’ve managed to get a nice little bike prepared for Bruce and I know he can’t wait to get out on the TT course again. We’re all really looking forward to the event.”
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