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Bruce Anstey in fast lane with John Britten

By Jim Gracey

The world's fastest road racer will parade one of the most hi-tech bikes on the planet at next month's Ulster Grand Prix.

Kiwi rider Bruce Anstey will treat Dundrod fans to a rare glimpse of his native country's most iconic bike, the Britten V1000, between races on Saturday, August 17.

The legendary bike, which was designed by visionary engineer John Britten in the early 1990s, is one of only 10 in existence around the world and is a much sought-after collector's item.

One is even displayed in the Guggenheim Museum's 'Art of the Motorcycle' exhibition.

Many see it as testament to John Britten's brilliant mind that one of the world's most mechanically advanced motorcycles was made in New Zealand and not Japan or Europe.

Anstey, still the outright lap record holder at Dundrod with the world's fastest road racing lap at 133.977mph, said: "To get the opportunity to ride this fantastic machine around Dundrod, where I hold the lap record means the world to me."

The bike was designed from the ground up, and is host to multiple innovations including extensive use of carbon fibre, a radiator that is located under the seat, double wishbone front suspension, a frameless chassis and engine data logging.

Once perfected, the V1000, John Britten's labour of love, was extremely difficult to beat, quickly earning a reputation as the fastest four stroke motorbike in the world. UGP clerk of the course, said: "Whenever I heard the Britten was in the UK, I contacted the owner, Kevin Grant, to see if he would bring it to the Ulster Grand Prix. Bruce has been a great ambassador for road racing and I knew he would enjoy a lap around Dundrod.

"The bike will also be on display in the paddock area in the evening of Friday, August 16."

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