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TT 2016 – Bruce Anstey To Pilot A RC213V-S Honda!

Ten times TT winner Bruce Anstey, is confirmed to pilot a RC213V-S Honda, in the RST Superbike and Pokerstars Senior races at TT 2016.

The RC213V-S Honda, is essentially a production version of Honda’s Moto GP machines, in my opinion this bike could be a game changer not only at this years TT Races, but also for the near future.

Commenting on the latest upcoming landmark, in his sparkling TT Races career, Bruce Anstey said:

“It has always been a dream of mine to ride a Moto GP bike at the TT and this is as close as I will ever get, Clive is the only person in the world who could put something like this together and if he says it is OK I am with him 100%.

He hasn’t just pulled it out of the crate and said we are racing it. Clive and the team have done a lot of work to the bike to make it ready for the TT.

The RCV should be an absolute weapon because it has loads of power but it feels as nimble as a 600.

It should be stable too as it’s over 2 inches longer than a Fireblade but is still really small and compact.

I am really looking forward to seeing how it handles through the quick corners because it will be able to turn so fast.”


Valvoline Racing by Padgetts Motorcycles team manager, Clive Padgett added:

“I was having a few pints of Guinness with a customer who had just bought an RCV from us and he said wouldn’t it be great to see one of them going down Bray Hill. That planted the seed in my head and it has been germinating ever since.

The TT is all about pioneering innovation and I really wanted to do something different. I see this as being in the spirit of what Mr Honda did when he first came to the TT with his race bikes in 1959.

I think this will bring even more global attention to the TT this year and that can only be a good thing. I am really giddy about it all. I might be over 50 now but inside I am still a 19 year old racer!

Commenting on the technical side of getting the RC213V-S ready for the TT, Clive said:

“It has been a very difficult project to pull together, We have had to beef the bike up for the TT course and we can’t get anything off the shelf so everything has had to be made bespoke.

Things like the wheels, the K-Tech forks, the rear shocks, the brakes and the radiator guards have all had to be specially made.

I love Bruce to bits and I wanted to give him the best motorcycle in the world to ride. That’s what this bike is all about.”

With power output in excess of 200 BHP, combined with the anticipated great corner speed, the RC213V-S Honda with Bruce Anstey on board, will in my opinion stand a pretty good chance in particular of winning the 2016 senior TT.

The only sticking point for a prodigious two weeks campaign on the Mountain Course, is that Bruce will go into TT 2016, having not tested the bike.

Multiple road racing fans are excited to see the production Moto GP spec bike competing at the most famous road race in the world, it’s set to create added interest, to what is set to be a quite thrilling two weeks of pure road racing action.

Words by Stevie Rial

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