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Experience counts for on-song star bruce Anstey


On form: Bruce Anstey is in fine fettle for podium spot

On form: Bruce Anstey is in fine fettle for podium spot

On form: Bruce Anstey is in fine fettle for podium spot

Bruce Anstey is confident he will once again be in contention at the 2015 Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix, as the Kiwi looks to continue his stellar season at the final international meeting of the year this August.

The 45-year-old, who has already been on the podium at the North West 200 and TT in 2015, is also the reigning man of the meeting and lap record holder at Dundrod and believes he will be in a great position to extend his fine form at the circuit.

Anstey said: "It's my fifth year with Padgetts and my fifth year with the Fireblade so we know exactly where we are with the bikes.

"The superbike handles so well and we've been making improvements to the engine year on year. It's a proven package really so we're definitely in a good place."

One of the most experienced riders in the paddock, Anstey has proven that age is no barrier as he continues to go from strength to strength.

The New Zealander has been on the podium at every international road race since 2002 and is the world's fastest road racer, having set the lap record of 133.977mph around Dundrod in 2010.

Anstey mastered the challenging weather at Bike Week last August to claim two wins and the overall man of the meeting crown, and he's hoping for a similar result when Bike Week roars into action from the August 3-8.

"Last year was really good, I haven't had man of the meeting for about ten years but I've always felt really comfortable around the track. It would be great to have the title again."

Anstey's comments came as Lidl celebrate the fourth year of their partnership with the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix

Noel Johnston, clerk of the course at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix said: "Bruce might be the most laid-back man in the paddock but on his day there is nobody faster. His lap record is a testament to that and I'm sure he'll be at the sharp end once again this year."

Belfast Telegraph