Relentless by TAS Suzuki posted their second Superbike podium from the 2010 TT when Bruce Anstey fought through to third place in Friday’s re-started 4-lap Blue Riband Senior TT.
It was Anstey’s 20th career TT podium and after a torrid week on the Isle of Man, the Windsor based Kiwi was delighted with the result, making the most of his good fortune after retiring from the first encounter, which was red flagged after an incident involving Guy Martin at Ballygarey on lap three.
Cameron Donald was forced to retire at the end of lap 1 with an intermittent electrical problem, which was very disappointing for the Australian, as he had been within two seconds of early leader Ian Hutchinson at Glen Helen on the opening lap.
“I got a second chance and grabbed it with both hands. I’m happy for the team who have worked hard all week making many changes to the bikes for me; I’m also delighted for Suzuki which is here celebrating 50 years of racing and I think today we proved – like Cameron did in the Superbike TT last Saturday – that the GSX-R1000 Superbike is a strong and reliable machine. I just kept chipping away; it is the Senior TT after all and to get a podium in the main race of TT fortnight is very pleasing.”
“I’m obviously bitterly disappointed not to have finished the race, as I was fired up and ready to have a go today. For the Senior, we decided that my first lap pit-boards would show the deficit to the leader and not the man in front of me. So when I saw I was only two seconds back on my first signal, I knew we were on the money. I was catching Keith Amor in front of me on the run to Ramsey when the surging started and it gradually got worse over the Mountain. The bike just didn’t feel right and I didn’t want to take any chances. The boys did all they could for me today and I gave it my best shot.”
Philip Neill – Team Manager:
“It has been a rollercoaster TT for the whole team, but as I said earlier in the week, we have been coming here long enough to understand the pitfalls. We struggled with set-up this TT, and when riders start to swap back and forward trying to find the perfect set-up it doesn’t help their confidence. In saying that, we have come away with podiums in the two main races, again demonstrating the pedigree of the GSX-R1000 Superbike, and I have to say I’m proud of the effort from both riders today.
“Cameron had an electrical cut-out problem that is one of those horrible little things that can halt such a good run, and but for that, he was right in there with the leaders as we saw on lap 1 of the re-start. Bruce rode his luck a little, but stuck with it, and as he discovered, perseverance pays off.
“We are delighted to be able to close the TT with a podium for Suzuki, Relentless and all our sponsors, and I’m sure we will re-group and come back to the 2011 event as a much stronger team.”
Senior TT Results: 1 Ian Hutchinson [Honda] 1hr 10min:24.59s; 2 Ryan Farquhar [Kawasaki] 1hr 11min:02.36s; 3 Bruce Anstey [Relentless by TAS Suzuki] 1hr 11min:38.08s; 4 Ian Lougher [Kawasaki] 1hr 12min:0157s; 5 Michael Rutter [Honda] 1hr 12min:10.74s; 6 Dan Stewart [Honda] 1hr 12min:33.57s.