Sea mist at Ramsey in the north of the island caused a one hour delay to the start of the second race of the 2006 TT week, the four lap Scottish Life International sponsored Superstock event.
In perfect race conditions the event finally got under starters orders at 12.45, and it was the TAS Suzuki of Bruce Anstey which took an early lead, followed by the Kawasaki of Hutchinson with Lougher on the Team Black Horse Fireblade in third place. But the superior pace of the Suzuki soon began to show and Anstey, who was clearly on a charge, continued to extend his advantage. By the start of Lap 2, the first three Honda Fireblades of Lougher, McGuinness and Finnegan had slipped down the order but all three were battling hard for fifth, sixth and seventh slot. Anstey continued to dominate the running order, only briefly losing his lead to Hutchinson after the pit stops.
For second Team Black Horse rider, Buckley, his Superstock race didn't get off to a good start when a missing dust cap caused him to be black flagged by technical officials. Having eventually borrowed a dust cap of a spectator, Buckley was able to start his race proper from Quarter Bridge corner. But, despite his best endeavours, now starting so far down the running order, he was amongst slower traffic from the off, making it virtually impossible for him to get into a fast and consistant rhythm.
At the flag, Anstey took the win, Hutchinson took a well fought second place with Jason Griffiths on the Yamaha R1 holding on to take third place.
Ian Lougher: " We had a good set-up on the bike, but on the day there seemed to be a lot faster machines in the field. The Junior TT is next on Wednesday morning and I'm looking forward to racing the 600cc Supersport. This a race that I won last year, it should be a much closer race as all the machines should be similiar in speed and certainly the little Team Black Horse Honda CBR600RR handles like a dream"
Mark Buckley: " I'm obviously very disappointed at being black flagged but to be fair to the organisers in the interest of safety it was a good call, without the dust cap the sustained high speed could have deflated the rear tyre which would have been dangerous. Unfortunately I lost at least ten minutes trying to find out why I had been black flagged, but I was lucky to be able to get a replacement dust cap and I put in my fastest lap of the TT so far on the lap 4 at 119.467, which is encouraging. It's the supersport 600 race on Wednesday and I am very pleased with the performance and set-up of my CBR600RR and so I hope to make ammends in the Junior TT supersport 600."
Scottish Life International Superstock TT:
- 1: B Anstey TAS Suzuki total race time 18.104.22.168
- 2: I Hutchinson McAdoo Kawasaki total race time 1.13.04.64
- 3: J Griffiths Yamaha UK total race time 22.214.171.124
- 4: G Martin Aim Yamaha total race time 1.13.39.09
What is historically the closest race of TT week, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Supersport Junior TT (600cc Supersport) gets under way on Wednesday 7th June at 10.45am - roads close at 10.00am.