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Bruce Anstey Aiming To Add To Prodigious North West Record

Ten times North West 200 winner Bruce Anstey, is quietly confident of adding to his already prodigious record on the famous coast roads, as action at this years meeting, fires into fruition, next week.

Piloting high spec Honda machinery across all classes, for Padgetts Racing, the flying Kiwi, may be considered now a veteran, but underestimate him at your peril!

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Speaking about stepping aboard again onto the 2016 spec CBR 1000RR Fireblade in the Superbike races, plus how competitive this years North West will be, Bruce said:

“I think the old Fireblade will still be fast enough to win after it went through the speed trap at over 209mph last year.

I want to win but it is getting harder every year with all the BSB guys coming over.

The new stocker is a bit of an unknown but we should be there or thereabouts. The opposition is very strong. I was looking at the top 20 on the entry list and there’s a lot of good riders in there.”

Adding about who his chief challengers will be around the Triangle, he stated:

“I think the racing will be really close this year. Michael Dunlop will be in there no matter what, Hutchy is riding really well and Lee Johnston could get in my way too!”

He also provided his thoughts on how competitive he feels the highly rated Glenn Irwin will be, with the Be Wiser Ducati:

“He will be quick for sure. But it will be interesting to see if the bike stands the stress on the engine of going flat out for so long on the high speed straights.”

Full of admiration for his fellow competitors, Bruce believes North West 200 record holder Alastair Seeley, will prove next week, the yardstick for everyone.

“It will be harder for Alastair to win but I think he still wants to win more at the North West 200 more than anyone else.”

Words by Stevie Rial