An emotional Bruce Anstey finally savoured victory in the premier class at the Isle of Man TT after a sizzling performance in Sunday’s dramatic RST Superbike race.
The popular Kiwi made it a perfect ten wins around the notorious Mountain Course on the Valvoline Padgetts Honda, reeling in PBM Kawasaki’s Ian Hutchinson on lap four before taking over at the front following the second round of pit stops.
Anstey put the hammer down on the final two laps to break Hutchinson’s resolve, setting the fastest speed of the race on the sixth and final lap at 131.797mph and powering clear to win by 10.9 seconds on the Fireblade.
James Hillier sealed his first Superbike rostrum behind Hutchinson after Michael Dunlop crashed out of third place at the Nook on the final lap on the Buildbase BMW while holding third, escaping relatively unhurt.
A jubilant Anstey, who is among the favourites for Monday’s RL360 Superstock race (10.45am) and opening Monster Energy Supersport race (6.30pm), said: “I can’t believe it really. I waited for Hutchy to finish just to make sure.
“I’ve been waiting a long time for this and it’s unbelievable. I didn’t have too many pit boards out there and I wasn’t too sure on the last lap so I gave it everything I had.
“Michael [Dunlop] passed me and he must have been trying for the lap record or something but I almost ran into the back of him at Ramsey and that put me off my rhythm, so I settled myself down again until the chequered flag,” he added.
“I’ve won on a 250, 600 and Superstock bike but this is the one I’ve been waiting for.”