Bruce Anstey has finally gone and done it. The Valvoline Padgetts Honda rider took his first ever victory at Superbike TT at the Isle of Man, beating PBM Kawasaki’s Ian Hutchinson by over 10.9 seconds. Hutchy had put in a strong performance during the early stages of the Superbike TT, but wasn’t able to prevent Anstey from upping his pace lap after lap to win his first ever Superbike TT at the Isle of Man, and his tenth win in total at the Isle of Man TT. Hutchy had to settle for second place.
Finishing third on the podium was James Hillier, who managed to catch and then prevent John McGuinness from pipping him during the race. Although for a large part of the Superbike TT it did look like Michael Dunlop would manage to take another podium, things came undone for the Buildbase BMW rider when he crashed on the final lap. The Tyco BMW of William Dunlop finished fifth, with Michael Rutter, astride a Penz13.com BMW finishing sixth, the last of the finishers in the red-flagged race.
Other high-profile non-finishers at the Superbike TT were Guy Martin, Gary Johnson and Conor Cummins.
Images courtesy Stephen Davison (Pacemaker Press International)