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Magnificent Bruce

Monday 02 September 2019
Road Race Rankings Classic TT
24/08/2019: Bruce Anstey (250 Honda/Milenco by Padgett's Motorcycles) at The Bungalow during the Dunlop Lightweight Classic TT race. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN.

Following a two year absence, Bruce Anstey achieved one of the most popular Mountain Course race wins in recent history in the Dunlop Lightweight Classic TT Race, round 20 of the Duke Road Race Rankings 2019. 

The indomitable New Zealander, who has been battling cancer, was cheered all around the course by fans as he dominated the race on his 250cc two stroke Honda and was never headed, eventually clinching the race win – his sixth in the Classic TT and his third in the Lightweight class - by over a minute from his Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles teammate, Davey Todd. 

In the winners' enclosure after the race, an emotional Anstey paid tribute to the Padgetts team: “It’s awesome to win. I can’t believe it. Everyone – the team, Clive (Padgett), my family have just been awesome. I was right in the zone but on the last lap I was really nervous and just short shifted – I was not trying to go fast – just get it to the end. The last two years have been really tough. If it wasn’t for Anny (his partner) I wouldn’t be here.” 

Todd had the honour of leading the field away but it was Anstey who lead on the clock at the opening checkpoint at Glen Helen from James Hind - a MGP newcomer in 2018 - the second fastest qualifier, with Todd a further two seconds back in third. 

John McGuinness won the opening event of the Classic TT, the Senior race from Stefano Bonetti with Jamie Coward third, however two days later in the Junior Classic Yorkshireman Jamie stood on the top step of the podium achieving his first race victory on the Mountain Course after three runner-up places. Michael Rutter and Dominic Herbertson filled the remaining podium places.

The Classic Superbike TT looked like a Michael Dunlop benefit, that was until Hillberry on the last lap when his machine faltered and his was forced to retire less than two miles from the flag, which was taken bay Australian David Johnson, also taken his maiden TT Course victory. 

There is no change in the top three of the Duke Rankings, with Dean Harrison still leading from Michael Sweeney and Derek Sheils although Derek has closed to within 11 points of his fellow countryman after his excellent second place in the Classic Superbike TT.

Jamie Coward moves into fourth, up from sixth, likewise Dominic Herbertson also climbs two places to ninth.

1

Dean

Harrison

1

No Change

1493

2

Michael

Sweeney

2

No Change

1363

3

Derek

Sheils

3

No Change

1352

4

Jamie

Coward

6

Up 2

1259

5

Peter

Hickman

4

Down 1

1220

6

Derek

McGee

5

Down 1

1199

7

Lee

Johnston

7

No Change

949

8

Barry

Davidson

8

No Change

756

9

Dominic

Herbertson

11

Up 2

742

10

Conor

Cummins

10

No Change

736

11

Michael

Dunlop

9

Down 2

710

12

Vinny

Brennan

12

No Change

595

13

Tommy

Henry

13

No Change

572

14

Davey

Todd

16

Up 2

566

15

Paul

Jordan

14

Down 1

540

16

Neil

Kernohan

15

Down 1

525

17

James

Hillier

19

Up 2

516

18

Richard

Ford

17

Down 1

491

19

Darryl

Tweed

18

Down 1

487

20

Kevin

Fitzpatrick

20

No Change

419

21

Andy

McAllister

21

No Change

414

22

Ed

Manly

22

No Change

409

23

Michael

Browne

23

No Change

397

24

Brian

Mateer

24

No Change

389

25

Rob

Hodson

29

Up 5

388

26

Darryl

Anderson

25

Down 1

387

27

Paul

Williams

26

Down 1

387

28

Ian

Thompson

27

Down 1

381

29

Rhys

Hardisty

30

Down 1

380

30

Thomas

Maxwell

28

Down 2

377

31

Gary

Dunlop

31

No Change

351

32

Michael

Rutter

34

Up 2

351

33

Kevin

Baker

32

Down 1

320

34

Dermot

Cleary

33

Down 1

298

35

Andy

Farrell

35

No Change

281

36

Forrest

Dunn

36

No Change

278

37

Philip

Shaw

37

No Change

274

38

Christian

Elkin

38

No Change

272

39

Freddie

Stewart

39

No Change

271

40

Eoin

O'Siochru

40

No Change

269




The Manx Grand Prix followed the Classic TT, full details of the Duke Road Race Rankings can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DukeRoadRaceRankings


Photo: Bruce Anstey (250 Honda/Milenco by Padgett's Motorcycles) at The Bungalow during the Dunlop Lightweight Classic TT race. PICTURE BY DAVE KNEEN.


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