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Anstey throws down marker in final Qualifier

Fri, 03 Jun 2011

Flying Kiwi Bruce Anstey tops the times...131.431mph
Flying Kiwi Bruce Anstey tops the times...131.431mph

TT 2011 exploded into life with sensational laptimes during Friday nights final qualifying session.

Most riders opted to take their Superbikes out first ahead of tomorrows opening race of the meeting, and the end of the second lap gave us all what we were waiting for - the 130mph barrier smashed for the first time this week.

John McGuinness was fastest of them, lapping at 130.615mph on the TT Legends Honda, ahead of Guy Martin at 130.075 for Relentless by TAS Suzuki and Michael Dunlop at 130.024 on the Street Sweep Kawasaki.

Right at the end of the solo session however, Bruce Anstey blazed to the top of the leaderboard, a lap of 17 min 13.46, just 1.16 seconds outside the outright TT lap record, 131.431mph, some way to set himself up for tomorrow!

Dunlop set an unofficial record down the Sulby Straight at a whopping 195.6mph, and that lap was also credited as fastest in the Superstock class, ahead of Yorkshireman Gary Johnson at 128.544mph.

With all the riders concentrating on the big bikes, the best Supersport 600cc laps of the week remained unchanged, Dunlop again best from Tuesday at 125.464, followed by Cameron Donald, Bruce Anstey and brother William.

Ryan Farquhar had a spill at Keppel Gate coming off the mountain, and was airmeded to Nobles, where he will remain overnight with soft tissue injuries, a further update is ecpected tomorrow morning.

Tim Reeeves and Gregory Cluze were fastest sidecar of the night at 113.321, not quite enought o eclipse Klaus Klaffenbock and Dan Sayle's Wednesday run of 113.754. John Holden and Andy Winkle went third fastest for the week at 112.707.

Now though, all focus turns to the opening races of the week. Roads close from 10.30pm on the mountain and 11am around the course, with the 6-lap Superbike race due away at midday and the opening 3-lap Sidecar race at 3pm.

We're ready to go, join Energy's TT team live from the TT Grandstand from 11am for 'Setting the Scene', the best way to build up to the raceday action.

The team will then provide regular reports throughout the day, mixed with the best music, make Energy FM your choice for TT 2011! 

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