Anstey ups the ante with 122mph lap

Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 21 Aug 2014

Anstey upped the pace on Wednesday

Bruce Anstey took charge of the pace in last night’s Classic TT practice, posting the fastest lap of the week so far aboard his YZR500 with an average speed of 122.523mph.

Lack of adhesion at various points of the circuit following overnight rain didn’t stop Michael Dunlop, who set the pace in the first half of the week; the Ulsterman recorded a 122.173mph average speed on his opening lap aboard the XR69 Team Classic Suzuki. Dunlop pulled into pit lane at the end of his lap saying he’d had a few issues and ‘nursed her home’ for the second half of the lap, despite having set what was the fastest lap of the weekend.

There had been worries surrounding Anstey’s YZR500 with the classic two-stroke Grand Prix machine not having completed more than one flying lap in the first two practice sessions. That wasn’t the case on Wednesday however, with Anstey, who holds the outright lap record around the mountain course, recording his 122.523mph lap on his second flyer. Saying the bike gets lively with a lighter fuel load, the Kiwi reckons there’s more to come…

Kawasaki-mounted James Hillier set the third fastest time of the Wednesday session of 119.396mph, just eight seconds ahead of Russ Mountford on the Team York Suzuki. Steve Mercer was sixth ahead of Ryan Farquhar and Gary Johnson.

Farquhar topped the 500cc category

Team Winfield Paton’s Ryan Farquhar and John McGuinness were fastest out of the blocks in the 500cc class with the pair leading at Glen Helen on the first lap before McGuinness pulled up at Ramsey with technical issues. Farquhar went on to top the session with a fastest lap of 111.102, just off Olie Linsdell’s race lap record from 2013 (111.660). Alan Oversby was second with a 107.239mph on the Davies Motorsport Honda. Michael Rutter, having been flown in to replace Dan Kneen at the eleventh hour, set the third fastest 500cc time as he gets to grips with the Ripley Land Racing Seeley.

Daniel Cooper was the fastest Norton, improving his lap time to 106.985mph followed by Conor Behan and Roy Richardson. After breaking his foot at Scarborough just less than two months ago, last year’s 500cc race winner Olie Linsdell set the tenth fastest time aboard the Royal Enfield.

Roy Richardson took over at the top of the Formula 2 class with a 110.349mph lap ahead of James Cowton and Chris Moore. In the 350cc class William Dunlop took charge with a 101.271mph lap ahead of Welshman Ian Lougher and Daniel Cooper on the fastest Norton.

With the weather forecast doubtful for the back-end of the week, riders fear they may not get a shot at practice on Thursday evening.

Formula 1

1
Bruce Anstey Yamaha 122.523
2
Michael Dunlop Suzuki 122.173
3
James Hillier Kawasaki 119.396
4
Russ Mountford Suzuki 119.127
5
Steve Mercer Kawasaki 118.298
6
Ryan Farquhar Yamaha 117.755
7
Gary Johnson Harris 117.426
8
Nick Jefferies Honda 113.127
9
Davy Morgan Suzuki 112.669
10
Dan Stewart Kawasaki 112.349





500cc

1
Ryan Farquhar Paton 111.102
2
Alan Oversby Honda 107.239
3
Michael Rutter Seeley 107.067
4
Daniel Cooper Norton 106.985
5
Connor Behan Norton 105.721
6
Roy Richardson Aermacchi 104.654
7
Mick Godfrey Manx 101.392
8
Maria Costello Paton 100.086
9
Peter Boast Honda 99.745
10
Olie Linsdell Royal Enfield 99.418





Formula 2

1
Roy Richardson Yamaha 110.349
2
James Cowton Yamaha 109.893
3
Chris Moore Yamaha 108.401
4
Stuart Garton Yamaha 107.783
5
Shaun Anderson Kawasaki 105.357
6
Ewan Hamilton Yamaha 102.887
7
Chris Barratt Yamaha 102.371
8
David Hewson Yamaha 101.743
9
Grant Wagstaff Yamaha 101.163
10
Steve Howard Yamaha 99.14





350cc

1
William Dunlop Honda 101.271
2
Ian Lougher Honda 99.689
3
Daniel Cooper Norton 98.926
4
Doug Snow Ducati 95.727
5
Chris Swallow Aermacchi 95.558
6
Ken Davis Honda 95.31
7
Olie Linsdell Honda 93.84
8
Mick Godfrey Manx 93.84
9
Nigel Moore Honda 93.809
10
Dave Edwards Yamaha 93.21

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