Seven-times TT winner Bruce Anstey has signed with Padgetts Racing for the 2011 road racing season.
The New Zealander, who left the Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing team at the end of the 2010 campaign, confirmed the news at the Carole Nash Motorcycle Live show in Birmingham this week.
The multiple international road race winner will compete in the white and orange livery of the Yorkshire-based outfit in the three major road race meetings – the North West 200, the Ulster GP and the TT Races – and will also schedule warm-up races earlier in the season.
Anstey first competed at the TT in 1996 and recorded his first victory in the 2002 Lightweight TT. He has 7 victories to date and achieved a further 13 podiums with a fastest lap of 129.445mph around the Mountain Course.
He is also the ‘world’s fastest road racer’, clocking a 133.97mph average speed lap at this year’s Ulster Grand Prix in August.
Speaking at Motorcycle Live, the popular Kiwi said:
“I’ve known Clive Padgett for a few years, and raced his bikes at the Ulster Grand Prix in 2002, and I have a huge amount of respect for him. Padgett’s Racing is a really strong team with a proven track record and I’m thrilled to be representing them in 2011.”
Team boss Clive Padgett added:
“This isn’t necessarily the last rider that we’ll be signing, but when the opportunity came up to get Bruce on board I had to move quickly. Make no mistake, this guy can ride a bike and we’re looking forward to welcoming him into the team next year.”