IOM TT: Fuel Sensor Problem Finishes Bruce Ansteys Superbike Hopes
Disappointment for TAS Suzuki as Anstey retires
The Kiwi was among the favourites to challenge for a win in the opening race of the 2009 Isle of Man TT on Monday, but he coasted to a halt at Ballacraine on lap one.
The team revealed a lambda sensor, which measures the amount of oxygen in the fuel, failed on the GSX-R1000, putting him out of the race.
‘I’m obviously disappointed as I was feeling quite confident today. What happened is no one’s fault and something that cannot be legislated for.’
‘I did a couple of practice laps in the afternoon on my ‘stock GSX-R1000, so fingers crossed we can have a good day.’
Team Principal Philip Neill added:
‘The TT so far has been a roller-coaster for us: we are either on top on nowhere at the minute, and this place is all about overcoming the gremlins.’
‘We have put in a big effort, so now we deserve a bit of good fortune. I’m a bit disappointed after today as I felt we had a very good chance of success on the GSX-R1000 Superbike.’
‘Bruce was forced to retire, but we have tomorrow’s races to look forward too now and Bruce should be right up there challenging in both.’