General TT and road racing gossip for 2021

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    Dunlop to replace Paasch at Dynavolt Triumph this weekend

    MICHAEL Dunlop will line up in the Quattro British Supersport championship this weekend as he joins Dynavolt Triumph at Silverstone.
    The road racing legend will join the PTR-run squad as he stands in for injured American Brandon Paasch, who fractured his scaphoid in a crash at Snetterton this past weekend.

    But for road racing fans, this means the Ballymoney man is set to miss what was due to be his Cookstown 100 comeback.

    Dunlop and PTR have history and have previously run Supersport machines together at the Isle of Man TT. But the Ulsterman will now hit the track on a 765cc triple as Paasch looks to make a return at Oulton Park later this month.

    “I’ve been watching the bike as it’s progressed this year and the team seem to have done a great job,” Dunlop said.

    “As a lot of people know I’ve had success with PTR and it will be great to be working with Simon and the boys again. It’s a good opportunity, I’m looking forward to it. Let’s see what we can do, it will be great to see everyone there.”

    Dynavolt Triumph Team Manager Simon Buckmaster added: “We’ve a good working relationship with Michael, he’s got good feel for a bike and he’s a good Supersport rider. He’s really looking forward to it and so am I. It will be great working with him again, we’ve really enjoyed it in the past. Let’s see if we can’t surprise a few people.”

    “Brandon has seen a specialist today and he’s having surgery to insert a screw in his fractured wrist later this week. As long as he’s passed fit, and the specialist has given him every indication he will be, he hopes to be back on our bike at Oulton Park. We look forward to that and hope he can continue with his progression and win races before the end of the season.”

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    TT winner to race at Silverstone instead

    Michael Dunlop will miss this weekend's (10-11 Sept) Cookstown 100 in Northern Ireland.

    Instead, the 19-time Isle of Man TT winner is racing at Silverstone having accepted a ride for Simon Buckmaster's PTR Triumph team in the British Supersport championship.

    He'll be up against fellow TT winner in Lee Johnston who took his first victory of the year at Snetterton on Sunday.

    Meanwhile, Derek Sheils, another TT regular, has confirmed he too will not be racing at Cookstown this weekend.
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    Some Kiwi bloke and his missus at the Cookstown 100…

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    The 2021 KDM Hire Cookstown 100 has been won by Forest Dunn, see here taking the lead from Darryl Tweed on the final lap. The race had been stopped due to a heavy rain shower. After some deliberation, where some riders wanted to continue, and others didn't, it was agreed, to let the riders do two sighting laps, and then decide!,After the two laps, it was a Thumbs up from the riders, and the sketchy conditions provided an exciting race with newcomer Davis Jackson being the early leader, before Tweed rook over, but all the time, Dunn was looking menacing and bided his time, to take the win. Congratulations Forest Dunn

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    Bruce Anstey: 'The doctors don't know how I'm still here' - Kiwi road racer talks about cancer battle
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    Bruce Anstey made a winning return to road racing at the 2019 Classic TT after receiving treatment for cancer

    When Bruce Anstey announced in April 2018 that he would be sitting out the forthcoming road racing season because of illness it came as a major shock to the sport's closely knit fraternity.

    It was widely known that the popular New Zealander had previously been diagnosed with and received treatment for cancer but news that the illness had returned was met with a wave of sympathy and concern.

    Anstey's partner Anny revealed on a Facebook post at the time that he had "multiple tumours in his lungs and a tumour on his spine and a blood clot on the lung".

    The 52-year-old's impressive racing CV to date includes 12 Isle of Man TT wins, plus 13 and 10 victories respectively at the Ulster Grand Prix and North West 200 international events.


    But in addition to his rare talent and exploits on the track, it is the quietly-spoken Kiwi's affable personality and laid-back attitude that have endeared him to legions of road racing fans across the world.

    'I'm a bit of a mystery to the doctors'
    "I had cancer 25 years ago and it decided to come back in 2018," explained Anstey.

    "I've been struggling with that, going through all the chemotherapy again, it's been a bit of a slog.

    "By the second half of 2019 I was just starting to come right and won the 250cc race at the Classic TT on the Isle of Man, then Covid hit and I just had to keep out of the way for the last couple of years as my immune system is all shot.

    "It's all good now. I had another small operation in 2019 to get rid of the last of it and I've been clear since then although I am still having blood tests every three months.

    "The first time I had the treatment I really struggled but 25 years on the drugs stop you feeling as sick so that was much better.

    "It was still hard but it seemed a lot easier this time as I knew what I was in for.

    "The doctors still don't know if the cancer was the original one or the new one. They don't know how I'm still here really, so I'm a bit of a mystery to them."

    Anstey's ability to contend for major wins despite competing at just a selected few meetings each season has confounded observers of the sport for years and his consistency is evidenced by the fact that he achieved at least one podium finish at all three major internationals for 14 consecutive years between 2002 and 2015.

    The Wellington rider was a Superbike TT winner in 2015, the same year that his achievements were recognised by his native country when he became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours.

    He is also a former lap record holder for both the Isle of Man TT Mountain Course and the Ulster Grand Prix course at Dundrod.

    'Classic TT in 2022 the goal'
    "I don't know if I'll do the main TT again as I don't think I'm strong enough to do six laps," said Anstey of his plans for the future.

    "But I really want to get out in the Classic TT again - maybe do the 500 and 250 races - that's my goal and hopefully that will happen in 2022.

    "I definitely want to do the Classic TT and maybe some other bits and pieces in between.

    "I'm just glad to be here and plan to get out there, enjoy life and have as much fun as possible."

    Now resident in Northern Ireland
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    Bruce Anstey celebrates a victory in the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix with his wife Annie

    Previously resident in Windsor, outside London, Anstey is now living in the village of Cullybackey in county Antrim after recently moving to Northern Ireland with Anny.

    "We needed a change. It's a lot quieter than where I was outside London and we are looking forward to it.

    "I was at the Cookstown 100 on Saturday and it was great to be back out and about as I haven't been out for a long time.

    "I hadn't been at a bikes meeting since 2019 so it was good to meet some old friends. Everybody is so friendly and it was nice to have a chat with everyone. It had been such a long time with Covid and everything."


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    Confession time, my first track day was at Goodwood it was organized by Ducati Owners Club, I was on a Ducati Darmah and my younger brother was on a Ducati Pantah. I can't remember what year it was, I'm guessing some time in 1980's and yes it's every bit as fast as it looks. The Revival weekend is the only race meeting that is held there and the track days had (have?) strict sound limits.

    More here:- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodwood_Circuit

    And here:- https://www.goodwood.com/motorsport/goodwood-revival/
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