Open main menu

Wikipedia β

Bruce Anstey MNZM (born 21 August 1969 in New Zealand) is a professional motorcycle road racer. He is a former lap record holder on the world-famous Snaefell Mountain Course with a time of 17 minutes 6.682 seconds, at an average speed of 132.298 mph (212.913 km/h) set during the 2014 Superbike TT Race.[1] Widely regarded as one of the most consistent of racers, Anstey is currently signed to race for the Padgett's Honda Racing Team having previously ridden for TAS Suzuki Racing, Valmoto Triumph and DTR Yamaha.[2][3]For thirteen consecutive seasons, from 2002 - 2015, Bruce Anstey managed to secure a top three finish at the world's three most prestigious road races; the North West 200, the Isle of Man TT and the Ulster Grand Prix.[4] His quiet and unassuming demeanor makes Anstey tremendously popular amongst fans of motorcycle racing.

Bruce Anstey
Anstey at the 2014 Isle of Man TT
Anstey at the 2014 Isle of Man TT
Nationality New Zealander
Born (1969-04-24) 24 April 1969 (age 48)
Wellington, New Zealand
Current team Padgetts Motorcycles
Bike number 5
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Isle of Man TT career
TTs contested 20 (1996. 1998 –2000. 2002–present)
TT wins 13
First TT win 2002 250cc TT
Last TT win Dunlop Classic Lightweight 250cc TT
Podiums 38

Contents

Racing careerEdit

Said to have been inspired to take up a career as a motorcycle racer after watching Mike Hailwood's comeback victory at the 1978 Isle of Man TT Races,[5] Anstey made his competitive debut on Boxing Day, 1990, at the Cemetery Circuit, Whanganui in his native New Zealand, competing on a Suzuki RGV250.

 
Anstey negotiates Bray Hill on his way to victory in the 2015 Superbike TT

Isle of Man TTEdit

Yamaha (1996-2002)Edit

1996Edit

Anstey made his Isle of Man TT debut at the 1996 event.[6] Riding a Yamaha he finished in 29th place in the Lightweight TT before retiring in the Senior TT.[6]

1996 TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Lightweight 250cc 29th 1.27.4.05 103.99 Bronze
Senior TT DNF
[7]

1998Edit

Due to illness Anstey did not participate at the 1997 TT, with his next appearance being at the 1998 races. Again featuring in the Lightweight and Senior races, Anstey took his Yamaha TZ250 to a 26th-place finish in the Lightweight and followed this by taking 20th in the Senior TT, being the third 250cc mounted rider to finish behind Gavin Lee and his fellow New Zealander, Shaun Harris.

1998 TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Lightweight 250cc 26th 55.05.09 82.17 Bronze
Senior TT 20th 2.00.44.9 112.48 Bronze

[8]

1999Edit

Campaigning in the same classes as the previous year and riding the same Yamaha TZ250, Anstey's form continued to improve in 1999, with him securing his first top 10 finish by claiming 7th in the Lightweight and following this up with 24th in the Senior.

1999 TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Lightweight 250cc 7th 1.19.21.5 114.1 Silver
Senior TT 24th 1.59.53.5 113.29 Bronze

[9]

2000Edit

The 2000 Isle of Man TT saw Anstey gain his first podium place at the event, finishing second behind Joey Dunlop in the Lightweight TT. The second race of his week saw him again riding the DTR Yamaha TZ250 in the Senior where he took the Denis Trollope machine to the highest place of any 250cc machine in the race, 14th.

2000 TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Lightweight 250cc 2nd 59.39.4 113.84 Silver
Senior TT 14th 1.58.41.5 114.43 Silver

[10]

2002Edit

The 2001 Isle of Man TT was cancelled as a precaution against the Foot and Mouth Outbreak reaching the Island. Racing resumed in 2002, with Anstey being entered in five races. He retired in the week's curtain raiser, the Formula 1 TT, however his fortunes improved as race week progressed. In the Ultra-Lightweight TT Anstey took his DTR 125cc Yamaha to 10th place and then followed this with 3rd place in the Production 1000cc class. He then secured his maiden victory at the TT taking the honours in the Lightweight TT on a DTR 250cc Yamaha. Anstey then recorded a 2nd-place finish in his final race of the week, the Production 600cc.

2002 TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Formula 1 TT DNF
Ultra-lightweight 125cc 10th 1.30.32.9 100 Silver
Production 1000cc 3rd 56.05.2 121.08 Silver
Lightweight 250cc 1st 1.18.31.1 115.32 Silver
Production 600cc 2nd 57.36.9 117.87 Silver

[11]

Triumph (2003)Edit

2003Edit

At the 2003 meeting, Anstey competed in four categories. Opening his account with the runner up position in the Production 1000cc race, he followed this up with a victory in the Junior TT aboard the Valmoto Triumph Daytona, giving Triumph its first TT win in 27 years. In the Production 600cc class, Anstey managed an 8th-place finish for Triumph and completed the racing programme with 7th place in the Senior aboard a 1000cc Suzuki.

2003 TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Production 1000cc 2nd 55.55.42 121.44 Silver
Junior 600cc 1st 1.15.13.98 120.36 Silver
Production 600cc 8th 38.50.74 116.55 Silver
Senior 7th 1.14.25.8 121.66 Silver

[12]

Suzuki (2004-2010)Edit

2004Edit

Signed by TAS Suzuki in 2004, Anstey's reputation for consistency saw him finish on the podium in all the races he entered at the TT. A 3rd place in the opening Formula 1 was followed by victory in the 1000cc Production race. A trio of 2nd-place finishes then followed as Anstey took the runner up spot in the Junior 600cc, the Production 600cc and the Senior TT respectively.

2004 TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Formula 1 TT 3rd 1.12.58.0 124.1 Silver
Production 1000cc 1st 54.53.5 123.72 Silver
Junior 600cc 2nd 1.15.23.0 120.12 Silver
Production 600cc 2nd 57.48.9 117.46 Silver
Senior 2nd 1.13.38.3 122.96 Silver
[13]

2005Edit

Again Anstey was entered in five races at the 2005 Isle of Man TT, producing mixed results. Problems with his TAS Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike saw him retire in both races in which the machine featured. On the plus side Anstey took victory in the Superstock TT cementing his reputation in the class. Following this he took 4th place in the opening Supersport race but retired in the following one. Anstey's week ended with his retirement in Friday's Senior.

2005 TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Superbike DNF
Superstock 1st 54.39.74 124.242 Silver
Supersport Race 1 4th 1.15.56.10 119.249 Silver
Supersport Race 2 DNF
Senior DNF

[14]

2006Edit

In the 2006 TT practices, Anstey achieved the unofficial current top speed record for the Mountain Course of 206 mph (332 km/h)[15] at the end of Sulby straight on a Suzuki 1000cc machine. This speed value was registered by the on-board datalogging equipment and so cannot be considered as an official record.

2006 TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Superbike DNF
Superstock 1st 1:12.56.34 124.147 mph Silver
Supersport Race 1 2nd 1:14:30.13 121.542 mph Silver
Senior 3rd 1:48:08.79 125.596 mph Silver

[16]

2007Edit

At the Centenary TT of 2007, Anstey failed to finish in the opening Superbike Race, but swiftly made up for it by claiming victory in the Superstock event winning by 40 seconds over John McGuinness.[17] Anstey missed out on a podium place in the Supersport race finishing 4th, which was followed by another retirement in the highlight Senior TT.[6]

 
Two of Anstey's race bikes displaying his No 5 plate

2007 TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Superbike DNF
Superstock 1st 1:11.56.29 125.875 mph Silver
Supersport Race 4th 1:13.38.27 122.969 mph Silver
Senior DNF

[18]

2008Edit

In 2008, Anstey opened his account by claiming the runner up spot in the Superbike race.[6] This was followed by an initial victory in the opening Supersport only for Anstey to be subsequently stripped of the 1st place. Having defied a heavy cold to win the race, he was disqualified following an inspection of his machine, which found the exhaust cam did not meet regulations. However just two days later on Wednesday 4 June Anstey swept to victory in the second Supersport Junior race in which he was involved in a thrilling dice on corrected time with Ian Hutchinson.[19] Following over 150 miles of racing, Anstey came home in a time of 1'13:35.71 at an average speed of 123.041 mph. On his second lap he also broke the lap record for the race with an average speed of 125.359 mph. The Senior TT again proved a disappointment for Anstey, with him posting a retirement.[6]

To celebrate his Supersport Junior TT win, Suzuki released a GSXR-600 K8 replica of Anstey's Relentless by TAS Suzuki race bike.

2008 TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Superbike 2nd 1:48.16.66 126.614 mph Silver
Supersport Race 1 DSQ
Superstock DNF
Supersport Race 2 1st 1:13.35.71 123.041 mph Silver
Senior DNF

[20]

2009Edit

Anstey's campaign at the 2009 Isle of Man TT proved particularly frustrating. A 2nd place in the second Supersport race being the highlight with retirements in the other four races.[6]

2009 TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Superbike DNF
Supersport Race 1 DNF
Superstock DNF
Supersport Race 2 2nd 1:15.05.81 120.580 mph Silver
Senior DNF

[21]

2010Edit

The 2010 meeting again provided a mixed bag of fortunes for Anstey. Finishing just outside the top 10 in the opening Superbike race,[6] he failed to finish in either the opening Supersport or the Superstock races.[6] An 8th place followed in the second Supersport race and, comparatively, the meeting ended on a positive note with Anstey securing the final place on the rostrum after a hard-fought Senior.[6]

2010 TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Superbike 11th 1:50.07.67 123.337 mph Silver
Supersport Race 1 DNF
Superstock DNF
Supersport Race 2 8th 1:14.12.16 122.031 mph
Senior 3rd 1:11.38.08 126.408 mph Silver

[22]

 
Anstey pictured at the TT Grandstand

Honda (2011-Present)Edit

2011Edit

Anstey had switched teams for the 2011 season, and compared with the previous two seasons an upturn in fortune was evident. Although he failed to finish in the Superbike TT, he enjoyed a win in the opening Supersport race, followed by a further retirement in the Superstock.[6] A 5th place in the second Supersport was followed by Anstey again taking 3rd in the finale race, the Senior TT.[6]

2011 TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Superbike DNF
Supersport Race 1 1st 54' 40.01 124.232 mph Silver
Superstock DNF
Supersport Race 2 5th 1:13.43.85 122.814 mph Silver
Senior 3rd 1:46.01.50 128.109 mph Silver

[23]

2012Edit

At the 2012 Isle of Man TT Anstey took a well earned 3rd place in the Superbike race followed by victory in the opening Supersport race.[6] A brace of 4th places followed in the Superstock and second Supersport races.[6]

2012 TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Superbike 3rd 1:47.00.22 126.938 mph Silver
Supersport Race 1 1st 1:12.55.92 124.160 mph Silver
Superstock 4th 1:12.05.98 126.593 mph Silver
Supersport Race 2 4th 1:13.50.38 122.633 mph Silver
Senior DNS [Race Cancelled]

[24]

 
Anstey approaches Ramsey on his Superstock Honda Fireblade at the 2013 Isle of Man TT

2013Edit

Anstey achieved a commendable list of results at the 2013 Races, where he secured an 8th place in the opening Superbike race, followed by taking second place on the podium in the first Supersport.[6] A 5th place in the Superstock was followed by another 2nd in the second Supersport race. Anstey rounded off the week's racing with 3rd place in the Senior.[6]

2013 TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Superbike 8th 1:48.03.974 125.690 mph Silver
Supersport Race 1 2nd 1:12.30.520 124.884 mph Silver
Superstock 5th 1:11.56.895 125.857 mph Silver
Supersport Race 2 2nd 1:11.54.404 125.930 mph Silver
Senior 3rd 1:45.37.999 128.584 mph Silver

[25]

 
Anstey on board the Team Mugen Shinden San at Parliament Square, Ramsey

2014Edit

Anstey's renowned consistency was particularly evident at the 2014 TT.[6] He posted a 4th place in the Superbike race, followed by 2nd in the Supersport and 3rd in the Superstock. The 2014 TT also saw Anstey's debut in the TT Zero Class in which he finished in 2nd place to John McGuinness on an identical Mugen Shinden San. Another 2nd place followed in the second of the Supersport events and the week was rounded off with 4th in the Senior.[6]

In the Superbike TT, Anstey set a new outright lap record for the Mountain Course. In addition to his haul of six silver replicas, Anstey was also awarded the prestigious John Williams Trophy for the fastest lap in the Superbike TT Race and the Jimmy Simpson Trophy, which is presented to the rider who has achieved the fastest lap of the meeting.[26]

2014 TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Superbike 4th 1:46.31.687 127.504 mph Silver
Supersport Race 1 2nd 1:12.44.483 124.483 mph Silver
Superstock 3rd 1:11.54.197 125.936 mph Silver
TT Zero 2nd 0:19.40.625 115.048 mph Silver
Supersport Race 2 2nd 1:12.33.883 124.788 mph Silver
Senior 4th 1:46.20.814 127.722 mph Silver

[27]

 
Anstey on Bray Hill during 2015

2015Edit

Superbike TTEdit

On Sunday 7 June 2015 Anstey achieved the highlight of his career, winning the Superbike TT.[28] Lying in second place behind race leader Ian Hutchinson[28] Anstey took the race lead following the pit stops at the end of lap four.[28] Astride a Padgett's Honda Anstey began to extend his lead, claiming victory by 10.97 seconds on corrected time following 226.38 miles (364.32 km) of racing.[28] Added to the victory, Anstey also set a new race record and the fastest lap of the race on his sixth lap at an average speed of 131.977 mph.[28]

  • Following his success in the Superbike race Anstey also claimed the John Williams Trophy for the second year in succession.

Supersport (Race 1)Edit

Anstey's 2015 campaign continued when he took a 2nd place behind the rejuvenated Hutchinson in the first of the Supersport races and followed this by finishing 9th in the Superstock.[28]

TT ZeroEdit

Riding for the Mugen Shinden team, Anstey then competed in the TT Zero, his second year competing in the class, taking his electrically powered machine to second place behind Mugen teammate, John McGuinness.[28]

Supersport (Race 2)Edit

In the second Supersport race of the week Anstey continued his run of podium positions, again finishing 2nd to Ian Hutchinson.[28]

 
Bruce Anstey descends Bray Hill during the 2015 Supersport TT

Senior TTEdit

The Senior TT was red flagged midway through lap 2, following an incident involving Jamie Hamilton. A restart followed with the race reduced to 4 laps. Anstey concluded a highly satisfactory week's racing by taking 8th place in the restarted race.

2015 TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Superbike 1st 01:45:29.902 128.749 Silver
Supersport Race 1 2nd 01:12:18.595 125.228 Silver
Superstock 9th 01:11:47.731 126.125 Silver
TT Zero 2nd 00:19:02.785 118.857 Silver
Supersport Race 2 2nd 01:12:13.570 125.373 Silver
Senior 8th 01:10:13.264 128.953 Silver

[29]

2016Edit

Remaining with Honda for 2016, it was announced that Anstey was to ride a Honda RC213V-S at the TT,[30] specially prepared by the Valvoline Racing by Padgett's Motorcycles Team. Various adjustments had to be made to the machine in order for it to withstand six laps of the punishing 37.73 mile Snaefell Mountain Course with such parts as the wheels, the forks, the rear shocks, the brakes and the radiator guards all having to be specially made.[30]

Anstey was enjoying a reasonably successful qualifying week until he came off his Honda Fireblade, CBR1000RR Superbike at Keppel Gate during qualifying on Thursday 2 June, as a result of which he received various injuries.[31]

Superbike TTEdit

After a check up at Noble's Hospital, Douglas, he was passed fit to compete in the opening Superbike race on Saturday 4 June. Despite his injuries, Anstey came home in a respectable 8th place on board the Honda RC213V-S.[32]

Supersport (Race 1)Edit

Still evidently feeling the effects of the injuries sustained during the Practice Week, Anstey managed to hold station within the top 10 for the first two laps of the opening Supersport 600 race. However, following the pit stops at the end of lap 2 he subsequently retired on lap 3 at Ballacraine.

Superstock TTEdit

Later, on 6 June, Anstey lined up on the Glencrutchery Road for the afternoon race, the Superstock TT. Again riding in significant discomfort he retired at the TT Grandstand at the end of the opening lap.

 
Astride the Honda RC213V-S, Anstey prepares to start the 2016 Senior TT

Supersport (Race 2) & TT ZeroEdit

A rest day during race week combined with a spell at the Isle of Man's hyperbaric chamber paid dividends for Anstey. Notably improved form followed when he took 5th place in the Junior TT, followed by victory in the TT Zero, his first triumph in that particular category. Although trailing at Ballaugh Bridge to Mugen teammate John McGuinness, Anstey took the lead after McGuinness had stopped to make adjustments, leading home William Dunlop and Jamie Hamilton.

Senior TTEdit

A further day's recuperation continued to aid Anstey prior to the Senior TT. Following a delayed start due to poor visibility, Anstey was lying in 4th place by the end of lap 1 having lapped at an average speed of 131.086 miles per hour (210.962 km/h).[33] With the retirement of Peter Hickman, Anstey moved up to 3rd place at the pit stop at the end of lap 2, until he was displaced by John McGuinness at the end of lap 3. Anstey was then overtaken on corrected time by Dean Harrison following the second round of pit stops at the end of lap 4, holding 5th place until the end of the 6 laps.[33]

2016 TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Superbike 8th 01:47:05.936 126.825 Silver
Supersport Race 1 DNF
Superstock DNF
Supersport Race 2 5th 01:12:44.287 124.490 Silver
TT Zero 1st 00:19:07.043 118.416 Silver
Senior 5th 01:46:08.108 127.976 Silver

2017Edit

In addition to his participation in the main classes at the 2017 Isle of Man TT for Padgett's Honda, it was announced on May 23 that following the injuries sustained by John McGuinness at the North West 200, and his subsequent withdrawal from the TT, Anstey had renewed his association with the Mugen Team in order to compete in the TT Zero class taking the place vacated by McGuinness.[35]

Poor weather blighted the qualifying week at the TT, with competitors completing only a fraction of the required laps. A reshuffle of the race schedule was required with the first race day given over to qualifying and practice, meaning the traditional curtain raiser the Superbike TT moving to Sunday June 4th.[36]

Superbike TTEdit

Anstey formed up on the Glencutchery Road with the Honda RC213V-S, having by the standards of the week, enjoyed a reasonable qualifying period. Anstey took the RC213V-S across the line in 8th place on corrected time at the end of lap 1 involving himself in a close tussle with Conor Cummins and Michael Rutter. By the pit stops at the end of the second lap Anstey had slipped to 10th position, however he had reclaimed 8th by the end of lap 3. During lap 4 Anstey was forced to stop at Ramsey Hairpin in order to inspect the rear of the machine following concern about the degradation of the tyre, and this saw him relegated to 13th place by the time he exited the pits at the end of the lap. Working his way ahead of Horst Saiger and Sam West during lap 5, Anstey began the final lap just outside the top 10, holding 11th place. However over the course of the final lap he was overtaken on corrected time by both Saiger and West and after 226.38 miles (364.32 km) of racing he brought his machine home in 13th place.[37]

Supersport (Race 1)Edit

The first of the Supersport 600cc races was held on the afternoon of Monday June 5th. Anstey made a steady start lying in 11th place by the end of the opening lap. Progress was made during lap 2 with Anstey edging into the top 10, having moved up to 9th place at the pit stops at the end of the lap. Continuing to work his way up the field, Anstey crossed the line in 7th place by the end of the third lap, managing to hold station until the end of the 4 lap race.[38]

SuperstockEdit

Anstey suffered disappointment in the Superstock race, retiring at the pits at the end of the opening lap.[39]

Supersport (Race 2)Edit

Poor weather continued to plague the racing programme forcing the itinerary of the meeting to be rescheduled. As a consequence of inclement weather on Thursday June 8th the second Supersport 600cc race, the Junior TT, was cancelled.[40][41]

TT ZeroEdit

Rescheduled for Friday June 9th and starting first on the road, Anstey lead the field for the one lap race from start to finish to claim his 12th TT win.[42]

2017 TT ResultsEdit
Race Position Time Speed Replica
Superbike TT 13th 1:50:18.5 123.13 Silver
Supersport Race 1 7th 1:14:27.9 121.60 Silver
Superstock DNF
Supersport Race 2 DNS [Race Cancelled]
TT Zero 1st 19:13.924 117.710 Silver
Senior DNF

[43]

North West 200Edit

Making his debut at the 2002 North West 200, Anstey has managed to chalk up ten victories between 2002 and 2017, making him sixth on the all-time winners list;[44] his last victory being at the 2015 meeting.

 
Anstey at the 2007 North West 200

2002 - 2003Edit

His maiden victory came in 2002 when he won the Production race.[2]Whilst featuring on the podium at the 2003 North West, Anstey failed to secure a win.

2004Edit

Making his International Road Race debut for Suzuki in 2004, Anstey won the Supersport 600cc race in addition to the Production race. Making up for his 2003 disappointment, a hat-rick appeared to beckon with Anstey leading the Superbike race until the final lap when he crashed.

2005Edit

At the 2005 North West 200 he won the rain affected Superbike event and finished runner-up to Ian Lougher in the Superstock race.[45]

2006Edit

At the 2006 meeting he won the first Supersport race and the Superstock race.

2007Edit

The 2007 meeting proved to be his best year up to that date, winning a hat-trick of races that could have been more, had he not crashed out of the first Superbike event.[45] While running in 2nd on the third lap, he "highsided" at York Corner, and he was placed 2nd in the results because they were taken from the last completed lap. He went on to win the two Supersport events, and the Superstock event as well. He may well have increased his tally, but was unable to race in the main Superbike event, as his bike was damaged from the previous crash.[46][47]

2008Edit

Relevant disappointment affected Anstey at the 2008 North West 200 Races; a 5th place in the first Superbike outing was followed by runner-up spot in the Superstock race and 4th in the second of the Superbike races.

2009Edit

The 2009 North West 200 Races saw a return to the top of the podium for Anstey, with him claiming 1st spot in the opening Superbike race ahead of John McGuinness which was followed up by a 3rd and 4th place in the Superstock and Supersport races, respectively. A brace of runner-up places followed in the subsequent Supersport races.

2010Edit

Opening his account with a 6th place in the first Superbike race in 2010, Anstey continued to suffer from misfortune in the subsequent races, posting a retirement in the opening Supersport 600cc race which was followed by a further retirement in the Superstock before recording 10th in the feature Superbike race and concluding the meeting with 3rd in his second Supersport outing.

2011Edit

The 2011 North West 200 was blighted by misfortune including inclement weather, an oil spill and a hoax bomb alert. Only one race was able to run before the programme was curtailed and in which Anstey claimed 3rd place in a rain sodden Supersport 600cc race.[48]

2012Edit

Again the victim of inclement weather, the 2012 North West 200 saw further interruption to the racing programme. Anstey came home in 7th place in his first outing in the Supersport category, followed with a 6th place in the Superbike race.

2013Edit

Having qualified strongly across the range of classes at the North West 200 in 2013, Anstey claimed 4th place in the opening Supersport race on Thursday May 16. However the weather was again the main talking point of the meeting, putting paid to the majority of the race schedule on Saturday May 18. This again saw Anstey take 4th spot in a rain blighted Supersport race.[49]

2014Edit

Anstey claimed the top spot on the rostrum at the first of the Supersport races in 2014 with an average speed of 108.014 mph (173.832 km/h). However this was his only positive in the meeting.[50]

2015Edit

The 2015 North West 200 Races again saw Anstey feature prominently in the opening race where he just missed out on a podium position, coming home in 4th position. An improvement followed in the feature Superbike race when he claimed the third tier behind Alastair Seeley and Ian Hutchinson.

2016Edit

At the 2016 North West 200 Anstey made a good start from a middle grid position in the opening Superbike Race. Dicing for a position within the top three, Anstey set a new absolute top speed record on the run to Coleraine at 209.8 mph (337.6 km/h).[51] Anstey continued to cement his position in the field when, towards the end of lap 4, he crashed his Honda Fireblade at Church Corner as a result of running a wider line.[52] As a consequence of the crash the race was red flagged. This was the first time at the North West that Anstey failed to take a place on the podium.[53]

 
Anstey pictured taking victory in the second Supersport 600 race at the 2007 North West 200

2017Edit

Anstey remained a member of the Pagett's Honda squad for the 2017 North West 200 races which saw him campaigning a Honda Fireblade in the Superbike category as well as a new Honda SP2 in the Superstock and a Honda CBR600RR in the Supersport race. In qualifying for the Supersport race, Anstey posted the 8th quickest time in the opening practice session followed by 12th quickest in the second session - although he did manage to attain the highest speed on the approach to University, clocked at 175.3 mph (282.1 km/h).[54] Starting from row four on the grid, Anstey finished in 12th place in the Supersport race. Anstey's disappointing qualifying continued into the Superstock practice which saw him record a lowly 44th quickest time in the opening session followed by a failure to post a time in the second session[55]and consequently he failed to start the race.

A more positive performance occurred in opening practice session for the Superbike class in which Anstey managed to qualify 15th fastest aboard the Honda Fireblade recording an impressive speed of 195.2 mph (314.1 km/h) through the speed trap on the approach to University. In the second session Anstey managed to improve this by moving up to 11th quickest. Starting the race from 14th on the grid Anstey's disappointment continued as he was forced to retire at the end of lap 2.[56]

Ulster Grand PrixEdit

Anstey has also claimed numerous successes at the Ulster Grand Prix, taking the top step on the podium on 13 occasions.[57][58]

2003 - 2010Edit

At the 2003 Ulster Grand Prix Anstey took his maiden victory, when he claimed the honors in the 1000cc Production Race. Building on his 2003 exploits, 2004 saw Anstey secure a hat-trick of successes in the Superbike, Production 600, and Production 1000 classes. Whilst failing to take the top spot in 2005, he did manage to secure 2 podiums. In 2006, he was victorious in the Superstock class once more. Further success belonged to Anstey at the 2010 meeting, securing another hat-rick to bring his winning tally to eight. This was Anstey's last appearance for TAS Suzuki and saw him sign off by obliterating the previous lap record, setting a new average lap speed of 133.977 mph (215.615 km/h) making him then the fastest rider on the fastest motorcycle racing circuit in the world. [59][60]

2011Edit

Having signed for Padgett's Honda, Anstey took a solitary victory at the 2011 meeting taking the winner's garland in the Superspport 600cc class.[61]

2012Edit

Again a single victory was all Anstey was able to secure at the 2012 UGP when he again came home at the head of the field in one of the Supersport races.[62]

2013Edit

Whilst he failed to gain top spot on the podium at the 2013 Ulster Grand Prix, the meeting saw a return of the consistency of which Anstey is so renowned. Clinching the runner-up position in the opening Superbike race, this was followed by a brace of runner up positions in both Supersport outings and a 3rd place in the Superstock. The signature race, the Ulster Grand Prix, saw Anstey come home in 4th place to conclude a very rewarding meeting.[63]

2014Edit

Anstey's campaign at the 2014 event saw him take the honors once more in the opening Supersport race. He then enjoyed further success when he went on to win the blue riband Superbike race. Anstey's brace of wins saw him named 'Man of the Meeting'.

2015Edit

At the 2015 Ulster Grand Prix Anstey took the honours in the associated event, the Dundrod 150 as well as taking victory in the main event, in controversial circumstances. The feature event, the Ulster Grand Prix, was red flagged following an incident towards the end of lap 7. The race organisers decided to give the victory to Anstey, who had been leading at the end of lap 4, citing they could not take the standings after the fifth lap because some riders had not completed it when the red flags went up.[64] Anstey secured victory over Ian Hutchinson who had been leading the race at the end of lap 5 (two-thirds distance).[64]

2016Edit

The 2016 Ulster Grand Prix was a meeting dominated by Ian Hutchinson, however Anstey also enjoyed a respectable meeting[65] being reunited with the Honda RC213V-S. Having recovered from the injuries he sustained earlier in the season at the Isle of Man TT, Anstey took the runner up spot behind Hutchinson in the both Superbike races and victory in the opening (red flagged) Supersport event. Anstey concluded the meeting by taking 4th spot in the second Supersport race.[65]

 
Anstey celebrates his victory in the Superbike Race at the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix

2017Edit

Anstey's participation at the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix was confirmed in mid July. A press release from the Padgett's Honda Team confirmed Anstey would campaign both a Honda RC213V-S and for the Classic Lightweight event, a Honda RS250.[66]

Anstey enjoyed renewed success, with a first and second in two of the three Supersport 600 cc races.[67][68]In his first outing Anstey took a 2nd aboard the Pagett's Honda behind Man of the Meeting, Peter Hickman.[69] Anstey faired less well when he retired the Padgett's Honda RS250R at the end of the opening lap due to mechanical problems.[70][71]feature race Anstey's luck returned for the Superbike feature race, which saw Anstey secure a maiden win in an International Road Race for the Honda RC213V-S. The race saw Anstey dicing at the head of the pack with up to five other riders in which lap records tumbled, and it finally came down to a two-way duel between Anstey and Hickman on the final lap. Taking the lead midway through the lap at Joey's Windmill, Anstey held on from Hickman to claim his first victory since 2015.[72] In his second outing in the Supersport 600 cc class Anstey finished second behind Hickman, who claimed a popular hat-rick at the event.[73]

Classic TTEdit

Following changes to the Manx Grand Prix Races in 2013, the Classic TT became part of the newly revamped festival allowing established TT competitors the opportunity to compete on classic and post-classic machinery.

2013Edit

Anstey campaigned a classic bike at the 2013 Classic TT. He failed to finish in the Bennett's 500cc Classic on which he rode a 1961 Manx Norton.[6]

2013 Classic TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Classic 500cc DNF 21:03.303

[74]

2014Edit

At the 2014 Manx Festival of Motorcycling, Anstey was entered in the 500cc Classic TT and Formula 1 Classic TT.[6] Again on board the Manx Norton Anstey took 3rd in the 500cc Classic and notched up his maiden victory at the event when he took a Padgett's Yamaha YZR500 to 1st place in the Formula 1 Classic.[6]

2014 Classic TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Classic 500cc 3rd 1:24:47.027 106.803 Silver
Formula 1 Classic TT 1st 55:41.219 121.597 Silver

[75]

2015Edit

Entering in the Motorsport Merchandise F1/F2 Classic TT, Anstey lined up astride the same Padgett's Yamaha YZR500 which he had taken to 1st place in the Formula 1 Classic the previous year. A strong depth of field joined Anstey on the grid as he went head to head with Michael Dunlop, Michael Rutter, Ryan Farquhar and Peter Hickman amongst others.[76]

 
Anstey on the Padgett's Yamaha YZR500 during the 2015 F1/F2 Classic TT

As a consequence of various delays during the course of the day, racing finally got underway at 5pm with Anstey's Yamaha YZR500 pitted against Suzuki, Kawasaki and Yamaha Superbikes. Tussling with the pugnacious Dunlop at the head of the field, Anstey crossed the line in 1st place at the end of the opening lap with a time of 18:13.707 producing an average speed of 124.190. As the second lap progressed Anstey began to secure the lead from Dunlop taking an increasing advantage into the 3rd lap. However Anstey was then black flagged as he approached Cronk-ny-Mona at the end of lap 3. The result of this being Anstey having to return to the pits with a loose left exhaust.[76]

The Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles team battled to fix the problem and Anstey rejoined the race, but he'd lost a minute to Michael Dunlop, handing victory to Dunlop on a plate. Anstey had the consolation of clawing back a gap of over thirty seconds on James Hillier on the last lap and with Ryan Farquhar losing time on the Mountain section, Anstey snatched 2nd place by a second from Farquhar.[76]

2015 Classic TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Motorsport Merchandise F1 Classic TT 2nd 1:14:41.154 121.244 Silver
Source:[77]

2016Edit

Anstey enjoyed success in the Classic 250cc race, leading from start to finish. Campaigning a Padgett's Honda RS250R, he recorded a fastest lap of 118.74 mph breaking John McGuinness' lap record which had stood since 1999.[78] Anstey is now the current lap record holder on the Snaefell Mountain Course in both two stroke categories, set at the Classic TT.[79]

 
Anstey pictured at Keppel Gate at the 2016 Classic TT

Anstey failed to make an impact in the Superbike Race. On board the Padgett's Yamaha YZR500 Anstey was lying in 8th place at the end of the opening lap behind a rampaging Michael Dunlop, who went on to break Anstey's lap record for the Superbike class (although Anstey's record for two stroke machinery still stands). Anstey made no impression at the head of the field, and retired on lap four at Glen Tramman.[80]

2016 Classic TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Sure Lightweight 250cc Classic TT 1st 1:18:04.437 115.982 Silver
Motorsport Merchandise Superbike Race Classic TT DNF
Source:[77]

2017Edit

Anstey returned to the Isle of Man for the Classic TT Races in August, 2017. Practice saw him amongst the higher end of the field prior to his opening race, the Dunlop Classic Lightweight TT. On a Honda RS250R, Anstey lead the field from the start during the four lap race, breaking his previous year's lap record, becoming the first 250 cc rider to pass the 120mph barrier, recording a fastest lap of 120.181 mph (193.413 km/h).[81]

2017 Classic TT ResultsEdit

Race Position Time Speed Replica
Dunlop Classic Lightweight 250cc TT 1st 1:16:50.072 117.853 Silver
Superbike Race Classic TT
Source:[77]

Personal lifeEdit

Anstey tends to shy away from un-warranted media attention, although he is not averse to giving interviews.[82] Together with his partner, Anny, he spends his time away from racing at his home in Windsor or in New Zealand.

A popular joke amongst the motorcycle racing paddock surrounds Anstey's propensity for sleeping. It is often referred to that his racing results reflect which time the race occurs – the later in the day, the better.

Testicular CancerEdit

Anstey's racing career suffered a severe setback in 1995 when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.[5] Having made his first appearance at the Isle of Man TT Races in 1996, he was forced to miss the 1997 meeting as a consequence of undergoing treatment. Although being declared free of the disease, he has stated that he still feels the lingering effects part of which affect his immune system.[5]

Pre-ride ritualsEdit

On numerous occasions prior to races, a traditional New Zealand Haka has been performed for Anstey. He also received a Haka following his win at the 2015 Ulster Grand Prix.[83]

HelmetsEdit

Anstey is contracted to the Arai Helmet Company, his current helmet design is the Arai RX7-RC.[84] It is black in colour, and features a yellow coloured Kiwi on the front.

AwardsEdit

Anstey was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to motorsport in the 2015 New Year Honours.[85]

NicknamesEdit

Anstey is widely recognized as one of the most laid-back racers in motorcycling and is known by at several nicknames; one being "Smiler," a name bestowed on him by members of his family,[5] and used by motorcycle racing commentator Fred Clarke. Other nicknames by which Anstey is popularly known are "Bruce Almighty," "The Wellington Wonder"[86] and "The Flying Kiwi."

Complete TT recordEdit

2017 Superbike TT
13
Supersport TT 1
7
Superstock TT
DNF
Supersport TT 2
Cancelled
TT Zero
1
Senior TT
DNF
Lightweight 250cc Classic TT
1
Superbike Classic TT
2016 Superbike TT
8
Supersport TT 1
DNF
Superstock TT
DNF
Supersport TT 2
5
TT Zero
1
Senior TT
5
Lightweight 250cc Classic TT
1
Superbike Classic TT
DNF
2015 Superbike TT
1
Supersport TT 1
2
Superstock TT
9
TT Zero
2
Supersport TT 2
2
Senior TT
8
Formula 1 Classic TT
2
2014 Superbike TT
4
Supersport TT 1
2
Superstock TT
3
TT Zero
2
Supersport TT 2
2
Senior TT
4
Classic 500 TT
3
Formula 1 Classic TT
1
2013 Superbike TT
8
Supersport TT 1
2
Superstock TT
5
Supersport TT 2
2
Senior TT
3
500cc Classic TT
DNF
2012 Superbike TT
3
Supersport TT 1
1
Superstock TT
4
Supersport TT 2
4
Senior TT
Cancelled
2011 Superbike TT
DNF
Supersport TT 1
1
Superstock TT
DNF
Supersport TT 2
5
Senior TT
3
2010 Superbike TT
11
Supersport TT 1
DNF
Superstock TT
DNF
Supersport TT 2
8
Senior TT
3
2009 Superbike TT
DNF
Supersport TT 1
DNF
Superstock TT
DNF
Supersport TT 2
2
Senior TT
DNF
2008 Superbike TT
2
Supersport Junior TT 1
DSQ
Superstock TT
DNF
Supersport Junior TT 2
1
Senior TT
DNF
2007 Superbike TT
DNF
Superstock TT
1
Supersport TT
4
Senior TT
DNF
2006 Superbike TT
DNF
Superstock TT
1
Supersport TT
2
Senior TT
3
2005 Superbike TT
DNF
Superstock TT
1
Supersport TT 1
4
Supersport TT 2
DNF
Senior TT
DNF
2004 Formula1 TT
3
Production 1000 TT
1
Junior TT
2
Production 600 TT
2
Senior TT
2
2003 Production 1000 TT
2
Junior TT
1
Production 600 TT
8
Senior TT
7
2002 Formula 1 TT
DNF
Ultra-lightweight 125 TT
10
Production 1000 TT
3
Lightweight 250 TT
1
Production 600 TT
2
2000 Lightweight 250 TT
2
Senior TT
14
1999 Lightweight 250 TT
7
Senior TT
24
1998 Lightweight 250 TT
26
Senior TT
20
1996 Lightweight 250 TT
29
Senior TT
DNF

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ansley's lap record was passed by John McGuinness on 12 June 2015, achieving 132.701 miles per hour (213.562 km/h). David Norton in IOM Today, 12 June 2015: "What a race! John McGuinness storms to 23rd TT victory"
  2. ^ a b "Bruce Anstey Archived 8 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine.", northwest200.org, retrieved 2010-08-28
  3. ^ "Rider Profile :: Bruce Anstey (NZ)", BBC, 7 April 2010, retrieved 2010-08-28
  4. ^ http://www.newsletter.co.uk/sport/motorcycling/nw200-bruce-anstey-eager-to-make-amends-after-2016-tumble-1-7945134
  5. ^ a b c d "Bruce Almighty". motorcyclenews.com. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Race Results - Isle of Man TT Official Website". iomtt.com. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  7. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database.aspx
  8. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database.aspx
  9. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database.aspx
  10. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database.aspx
  11. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database.aspx
  12. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database.aspx
  13. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database.aspx
  14. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database.aspx
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 January 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2013.  New Isle of Man Top Speed Record (retrieved 12 August 2006)
  16. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database.aspx
  17. ^ Walker, Jimmy (2007) "Neill hails Anstey as Kiwi breezes to glory[permanent dead link]", Belfast Telegraph, 6 June 2007, retrieved 2010-08-28
  18. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database.aspx
  19. ^ "Isle of Man TT: Bruce Anstey bounces back from disqualification to take second Supersport win". motorcyclenews.com. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  20. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database.aspx
  21. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database.aspx
  22. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database.aspx
  23. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database.aspx
  24. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database.aspx
  25. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database.aspx
  26. ^ http://www.iomtt.com/~/media/Files/2015/Downloads/TT_REGS_2015-14-04.pdf
  27. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database.aspx
  28. ^ a b c d e f g h "Isle of Man TT: Bruce Anstey wins Superbike opener". 8 June 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  29. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database.aspx
  30. ^ a b "Bruce Anstey to race Honda RC213V-S at TT 2016 - Isle of Man TT Official Website". iomtt.com. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  31. ^ "TT 2016: Anstey OK after fast practice off". motorcyclenews.com. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  32. ^ http://www.iomtt.com/~/media/Files/2016/Results/RST-Superbike-TT/RST%20Superbike%20Result.pdf
  33. ^ a b http://www.iomtt.com/~/media/Files/2016/Results/PokerStars-Senior-TT/PokerStars%20Senior%20TT%20Lap%20by%20Lap.pdf
  34. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database.aspx
  35. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/News/2017/06/09/Bruce-Anstey-takes-SES-TT-Zero-win-for-Mugen.aspx
  36. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Info/Results-2017.aspx
  37. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Info/Results-2017.aspx
  38. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Info/Results-2017.aspx
  39. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/News/2017/06/07/RL360-Quantum-Superstock-gives-Hutchinson-win-number-16.aspx
  40. ^ http://www.newsletter.co.uk/sport/motorcycling/tt-2017-supersport-race-2-cancelled-as-new-friday-schedule-announced-1-7999318
  41. ^ http://roadracingnews.co.uk/tt-2017-monster-energy-supersport-race-2-cancelled/
  42. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/News/2017/06/09/Bruce-Anstey-takes-SES-TT-Zero-win-for-Mugen.aspx
  43. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database.aspx
  44. ^ http://www.northwest200.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/northwest2017_firstsupersport.pdf
  45. ^ a b "The History of the NW200 - North West 200". northwest200.org. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  46. ^ http://www.elaps-timing.com/results2007/northwest2007/northwest2007_secondsupersport.pdf
  47. ^ http://www.elaps-timing.com/results2007/northwest2007/northwest2007_firstsupersport.pdf
  48. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/northern-ireland/13467100
  49. ^ http://www.elaps-timing.com/results2013/northwest2013/northwest2013_firstsupersport.pdf
  50. ^ http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/2014/05/article/2014-north-west-200-results/
  51. ^ Ltd., Crash Media Group. "NW200: Dunlop smashes record for Superbike win - RR News". crash.net. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  52. ^ http://www.crash.net/road-racing/news/230335/1/nw200-dunlop-smashes-record-for-superbike-win.htm[permanent dead link]
  53. ^ http://www.newsletter.co.uk/sport/motorcycling/nw200-bruce-anstey-eager-to-make-amends-after-2016-tumble-1-7945134
  54. ^ http://www.northwest200.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/northwest2017_firstsupersport.pdf
  55. ^ http://www.northwest200.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/northwest2017_firstsupersport.pdf
  56. ^ http://www.northwest200.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/northwest2017_secondsuperbike.pdf
  57. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/northern-ireland/40910409
  58. ^ http://ulstergrandprix.net/hickman-claims-man-of-the-meeting-crown-with-hat-trick-of-wins-at-the-mce-ulster-grand-prix/
  59. ^ Pinchin, Gary (2010) "Bruce Anstey: Road racing’s reclusive hero", Motorcycle News, 18 August 2010, retrieved 2010-08-28
  60. ^ "Ulster Grand Prix: Anstey celebrates being fastest man on planet", Belfast Telegraph, 17 August 2010, retrieved 2010-08-28
  61. ^ https://www.devittinsurance.com/guides/motorcycle-racing/ulster-grand-prix/ulster-gp-history/
  62. ^ https://www.devittinsurance.com/guides/motorcycle-racing/ulster-grand-prix/ulster-gp-history/
  63. ^ http://www.bikesportnews.com/news/news-detail/2013-ulster-gp-all-todays-race-results
  64. ^ a b "Ulster Grand Prix: Bruce Anstey wins disputed Superbike race". 8 August 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  65. ^ a b "Ulster Grand Prix: Ian Hutchinson dominates at Dundrod as he earns four wins". 13 August 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  66. ^ "Roads: Anstey to ride RS250 at Ulster Grand Prix". Motorcycle News. Retrieved 2017-07-18. 
  67. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/northern-ireland/40910409
  68. ^ http://ulstergrandprix.net/
  69. ^ http://ulstergrandprix.net/hickman-claims-man-of-the-meeting-crown-with-hat-trick-of-wins-at-the-mce-ulster-grand-prix/
  70. ^ http://ulstergrandprix.net/hickman-claims-man-of-the-meeting-crown-with-hat-trick-of-wins-at-the-mce-ulster-grand-prix/
  71. ^ http://ulstergrandprix.net/hickman-claims-man-of-the-meeting-crown-with-hat-trick-of-wins-at-the-mce-ulster-grand-prix/
  72. ^ http://ulstergrandprix.net/hickman-claims-man-of-the-meeting-crown-with-hat-trick-of-wins-at-the-mce-ulster-grand-prix/
  73. ^ http://ulstergrandprix.net/hickman-claims-man-of-the-meeting-crown-with-hat-trick-of-wins-at-the-mce-ulster-grand-prix/
  74. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database.aspx
  75. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/TT-Database.aspx
  76. ^ a b c "Convincing wins for Dunlop and Kneen in exciting Classic TT finale - Isle of Man TT Official Website". iomtt.com. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  77. ^ a b c http://www.iomtt.com/~/media/Files/2015/CTT/Race-Results/F1/Formula%201%20Result%20Sheet.pdf
  78. ^ "Classic TT: Bruce Anstey roars to record-breaking Lightweight 250 victory". newsletter.co.uk. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  79. ^ "Record-breaking win for Kiwi star Anstey in Sure Lightweight Classic TT - Isle of Man TT Official Website". iomtt.com. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  80. ^ "Dunlop takes Superbike Classic TT win - Isle of Man TT Official Website". iomtt.com. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  81. ^ https://www.iomtt.com/~/media/Files/2017/Classic-TT/Results/26-Aug-2017/Lap%20%20by%20Lap%20Lightweight.pdf
  82. ^ Road Racing Ireland (15 September 2014). "Bruce Anstey interview at Scarborough Gold Cup". Retrieved 11 April 2017 – via YouTube. 
  83. ^ petgal1958 (13 August 2015). "Haka at the UlsterGP 2015 👍". Retrieved 11 April 2017 – via YouTube. 
  84. ^ "Arai helmets UK - Handmade motorbike helmets - whyarai.co.uk". whyarai.co.uk. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  85. ^ "New Year honours list 2015". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  86. ^ Admin, NI Blogs. "BBC - NW200: Rider Profile :: Bruce Anstey (NZ)". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 

External linksEdit