‘Nobody remembers a late delivery, just a bad one …’ or so the saying goes. Certainly, the opening Superbike race at the Isle of Man TT was late. Anticipated high winds meant that Saturday’s scheduled start was scrapped in favour of Sunday, but what a race it was with the mild-mannered Kiwi Bruce Anstey (pictured after his win and looking just a little chuffed!) eventually overhauling Ian Hutchinson’s lead to snag his first Isle of Man Superbike honours.
Our very own Henry Hope-Frost has already summed up yesterday’s goings on over on that magical piece of rock jutting out of the Irish Sea, which only leaves us to add that the men who came home in first, third and fourth positions in yesterday’s race will also be here at the Festival of Speed in little over a fortnight.
John McGuinness, who’s won a TT on an astonishing 21 occasions and who came home in fourth place yesterday will be present on his familiar Honda Fireblade, with third placed James Hillier on his Kawasaki ZX10R and the triumphant Anstey also on a Honda Fireblade. In addition, former TT star Carl Fogarty and Norton rider Cameron Donald will be appearing in the Modern Motorcycles class, while road racing heros Ryan Farquar and the great Giacomo Agostini will be present in the Classic Racing Motorcycles category.
Stir into this mix World and British superbike stars like Chaz Davies, Leon Haslam, Ryuichi Kiyonari, Sylvain Guintoli, Jonathan Rea and a couple of blokes famous for riding in MotoGP called Rossi and Stoner (oh, and GP legend ‘King’ Kenny Roberts) for starters and this year’s line up of riders as FoS looks like a bike fan’s dream.