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North West: Anstey looks to extend to run of podium finishes

By Paul Lindsay

Published 18/05/2013 | 04:20

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PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13: Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening with his wife Jill and NW Event Director Mervyn Whyte. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13: Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening with team boss Ryan Farquhar. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200. Race 3 Livewire AV Superstock Race. Guy Martin pictured on the grid.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Ballymoney Borough Council supersport race. Race winner Alastair Seeley.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Josh Brookes.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 16th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley.
Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. Left to right. Sarah Shand, Tracey Willowford and Lisa wright in the paddock.
Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200. Race 1 -Ballymoney Borough Council SUPERSPORT. Alastair Seeley pictured on the podium after he wins the race.
Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. Eugene O'Neill with his wife Eliazbeth and two sons Daire(4) and five-month-old Niall.
Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. Dean Harrison(left) and Bruce Anstey on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. Bruce Anstey takes a photograph on an iPas while waiting on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. Conor Cummins on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. Alastair Seeley on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 16th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - Second practice day. Paul Owens on the grid.
PACEMAKER,. BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Honda TT legends duo John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop during the Vauxhall International North West 200 practice today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER,. BELFAST, 14/5/2013: MSS Colchester Kawasaki rider Alastair Seeley and his girlfriend Danielle Henry during the Vauxhall International North West 200 practice today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER,. BELFAST, 14/5/2013:Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes during the Vauxhall International North West 200 practice today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER,. BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki duo Michael Rutter and Jeremy McWilliams during the Vauxhall International North West 200 practice today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley 2nd place Bruce Anstey.
Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening with runner up James Hillier and third placed Jamie Hamilton and Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki boss Ryan Farquhar. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
Jeremy McWilliams (99) and William Davison (50)
Alastair Seeley Gearlink Kawasaki (34) leads from Gary Johnston (7) and Bruce Anstey during the LIVEWIRE AV Superstock Race at Thursday night's racing at the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200.
The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley with his Dad Joe.
The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley.
The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley.
The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. William Dunlop.
The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Ballymoney Borough Council supersport race. Race winner Alastair Seeley.
Bruce Anstey (HM Plant/Padgetts Honda) and Alastair Seeley (MSS Kawasaki) in action during today's LiveWire AV Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo by David Maginnis
William Davison (Hill Kawasaki) in action during today's Ballymoney Borough Council Supersport Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo by David Maginnis
The Vauxhall International North West 200. Race 1 -Ballymoney Borough Council SUPERSPORT. Left to right on the podium. Third Guy Martin, first Alastair Seeley and second Michael Dunlop.
Michael Dunlop (Honda) in action during today's LiveWire AV Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo by David Maginnis
Race 3 Livewire AV Superstock Race. Alastair Seeley on the podium after he wins the race.
Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
Race 2 - Vauxhall Supertwin. Jeremy McWilliams on the grid.
Jeremy McWilliams (Vauxhall Dealers KMR Kawasaki) and William Davison (Hill Kawasaki) in action during today's Ballymoney Borough Council Supersport Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo by David Maginnis
PACEMAKER BELFAST, 16-05-13: Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening with runner up James Hillier and third placed Jamie Hamilton. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
Race 3 Livewire AV Superstock Race. Guy Martin pictured on the grid.
Jeremy McWilliams celebrates winning the Supertwins race at the Vauxhall International North West 200 this evening with his wife Jill and NW Event Director Mervyn Whyte. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
James Hillier Quattro Plant Kawasaki (37) gets the 'holeshot' at the start of the Vauxhall Supertwin Race during Thursday night's racing at the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200.
Derek Shields (Kawasaki) and Conor Cummins (Milwaukee Yamaha) in action during today's LiveWire AV Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo by David Maginnis
Horst Saiger (Saiger-Racing.com Kawasaki) in action during today's LiveWire AV Superstock Race at the Vauxhall International North West 200. Photo by David Maginnis
The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Livewire AV superstock race. Race winner Alastair Seeley 2nd place Bruce Anstey and Gary Johnston.
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes judges the Miss North West 200 competition held in the paddock last night. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 15/5/2013: Guy Martin at the North West 200. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes judges the Miss North West 200 competition held in the paddock last night. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes judges the Miss North West 200 competition held in the paddock last night. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th May 2011. Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com Relentless International North West 200. Practice day 2. Technical Director Mervyn Whyte.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Miss North West 200 Bronagh Letters pictured on the North Coast with Portrush in the background.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Josh Brookes(right) on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.
Northern Ireland- 17th May 2012 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Relentless International 2012 North West 200. Alastair Seeley pictured on the grid.
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 15/5/2013: William and Michael Dunlop with Darren Clarke during a visit to Royal Portrush Golf Club. The brothers were taking a break from their North West 200 duties to have an impromptu golf lesson with the former British Open winner as part of a BBC Sport event. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 15/5/2013: William and Michael Dunlop with Darren Clarke during a visit to Royal Portrush Golf Club. The brothers were taking a break from their North West 200 duties to have an impromptu golf lesson with the former British Open winner as part of a BBC Sport event. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST,12/3/2013: Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes chats with Event Director Mervyn Whyte at Black Hill during a sighting lap of the North West 200 course. Brookes will make his debut at the event in May. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST,12/3/2013: Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes on the North West 200 course. Brookes will make his debut at the event in May. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 28/2/2013: Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki new recruit Brian McCormack pictured at the North West 200 course this week. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Guy Martin(left) and Bruce Anstey on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Supersport Practice. Jamie Hamilton.
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2013: Last year's Supertwins race winner Ryan Farquhar had a new role at today's opening practice session for the Vauxhall North West 200 as he worked on the race bikes of Michael Rutter and Jeremy McWilliams, who are riding for his Vauxhall KMR Kawasaki squad. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. William Dunlop on his Milwaukee Yamaha bike during today's supersport practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Guy Martin on the grid.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye North West 200 Practice - Tuesday Alastair Seeley MSS Kawasaki during Superstock Practice for the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Bruce Anstey(left) and John McGuinness on the grid.
14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Michael Dunlop on his Honda Legends bike during today's superbike practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Stuart Easton on his Mar-Train Yamaha bike during today's superbike practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PressEye Motor Cycle Road Racing Event: North West 200 Race: Supersport Tuesday Practice Date: 14th May 2013 Caption: Stuart Easton
14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. William Dunlop on his Milwaukee Yamaha bike during today's superbike practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Conor Cummins on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Jamie Hamilton on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Ryan Fraquhar(left) and Michael Rutter on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. John McGuinness on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Michael Rutter(left) and Ryan Fraquhar on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Ryan Fraquhar on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Guy Martin on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. James Hillier on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Michael Rutter on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Guy Martin on the grid.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Josh Brookes(right) on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.
PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 14/5/2013: BSB star Josh Brookes with his special newcomer leathers made for his Vauxhall North West 200 debut today. PICTURE BY STEPHEN DAVISON
14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Guy Martin on his Tyco Suzuki bike during today's superbike practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
14.05.2013 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Bruce Ansty on his Padgetts bike during today's supersport practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PressEye Motor Cycle Road Racing Event: North West 200 Race: Supersport Tuesday Practice Date: 14th May 2013 Caption: Guy Martin
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Supersport Practice. Alastair Seeley.
Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PressEye Motor Cycle Road Racing Event: North West 200 Race: Supersport Tuesday Practice Date: 14th May 2013 Caption: Simon Andrews
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Guy Martin on the grid.
Mandatory Credit: Rowland White/PressEye Motor Cycle Road Racing Event: North West 200 Race: Supersport Tuesday Practice Date: 14th May 2013 Caption: Ian Lougher
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Bruce Anstey(left) and John McGuinness on the grid.
14/5/13 PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. Josh Brookes on his Tyco Suzuki bike during today's superstock practice session at the Vauxhall NW200. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Josh Brookes(right) on the grid before the start of the Supersport practice.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye North West 200 Practice - Tuesday Guy martin (4) Tyco Suzuki by TAS Racing followed by Ian Lougher (Honda) during Supersport Practice for the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Superbike Practice. John McGuinness.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Superbike Practice. Bruce Anstey.
Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. The Vauxhall International North West 200 - First practice day. Ryan Fraquhar on the grid.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Supersport Practice. James Hillier.
?Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland 14th March 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Picture by Matt Mackey/presseye.com The Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200 road races. Supersport Practice. Guy Martin.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye North West 200 Practice - Tuesday Michael Dunlop (Honda) during Supersport Practice for the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye North West 200 Practice - Tuesday Australian BSB star Josh Brookes Tyco Suzuki during Novice Practice for the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 14th May 2013 Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye North West 200 Practice - Tuesday BSB star Karl 'Bomber' Harris PR Racing Kawasaki during Novice Practice for the Vauxhall International 2013 North West 200
Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin
Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin 2013
Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin 2013
Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin 2013
Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ? by-line 11-5-13
Mini Moto Racing at Portrush in Co-Antrim at the weekend as the North West 200 motorbike racing week gets underway. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ? by-line 11-5-13

Every racing fan loves to quote statistics when May comes around in the bars and restaurants around the Portrush area, but for me the most impressive involve Windsor-based Kiwi Bruce Anstey.

The softly spoken 44-year-old first came to the International North West 200 back in 2002, slipping in under the radar to take a debut win as a privateer in the Production class from two men who are sadly no longer with us – David Jefferies and Gary Jess.

"Yeah. I'd a bit of a battle that year with DJ; it was the start of my North West podiums and I've had one every year since," he proudly added.

One stat that did throw him though, and also threw me when I looked it up, was that he has not won on the north coast since his treble success back in 2007 with Hector and Philip Neill's TAS Suzuki team.

He has been collecting podium bottles of champagne ever since but, interestingly, explained that the change in class – referring to an influx of quality riders and teams – on the international road racing scene has totally changed its dynamic.

"It's difficult to win any race now at the North West 200," he openly admitted, which is refreshing to hear from a man who has accumulated 22 podiums ... and counting.

"All the classes are really strong and in the past the Superbike class was the one everyone wanted to win.

"But if you can win any of the races nowadays it's a real bonus.

Ironically, his nine wins have all come on Suzuki machinery, which is another interesting statistic.

As with so much hype surrounding his move to Honda at the end of 2010, he has yet to produce a top step at the Triangle in the rainbow colours with Clive Padgett's team.

Granted, he has recorded wins at the Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix, but doing my best to read between the lines, I wanted to know if he fancied his chances of adding the Honda marque to that long list of achievements at the North West today?

"Yeah I'd like to win one for Clive, but a podium here is a good result," which he proved on Thursday night with second place in the Production class behind former team-mate Alastair Seeley.

Anstey's HM Plant by Padgetts Honda was visibly down on top speed to Seeley's MSS Kawasaki, but Bruce feels he could have taken the win. But, like a number of his racing peers, he has the TT on his mind.

"In the last couple of passing areas I could have had him," he said pulling no punches.

"It would have been tight and I did have to slide past a backmarker at Magherabuoy chicane, I think it was, and that was a tight move," he chuckled, almost embarrassed by the manoeuvre.

"But to have any chance of staying with Seeley I had to get by.

"I just let the brakes off and tipped it in and actually ran over the kerbs. I was waiting on the crunch of fairings but I got through.

Summing up he said: "Out of the corners I was right up his backside but once we got up into fifth and six gears he was able to pull away on sheer power.

"I didn't want to take any chances with the TT so close."

And finally I asked, can you reverse the result today, to which Bruce replied with his favourite word: "Yeah."

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