The Vavoline Racing by Padgett’s Motorcycles team have struck a deal with MCE Ulster Grand Prix organisers which will see the popular New Zealand rider riding the Honda RC213V-S at the famous Dundrod circuit next month.
Anstey rode the exotic Moto GP bike at the IOM TT last month, but this will be the first time he competitively rides it fully fit, after suffering bruising from a crash during practice at the TT.
The Flying Kiwi, who has already admitted he’s out to defend his title as the world’s fastest road racer at the MCE UGP, will race the RCV in the Superbike races at both the Plant Lubrication (NI) Dundrod 150 and the main MCE UGP race day.
Anstey said: “I’m really pleased that we’re able to bring the RCV to Dundrod and that I’ll get another run out on it before the season ends. Everyone has been asking Clive about whether it’s going to be there or not, there’s a lot of interest in it and now we can confirm it.
“I think the bike will go down really well at the Ulster, I’m looking forward to setting off down the Flying Kilo, it’s fantastic to ride and should handle the fast, flowing corners of the circuit with ease.
“I’m looking forward to riding the RCV at full fitness too. I got a bit knocked about and bruised with my off at the TT so this is my chance to get out there and do the bike justice.”
Noel Johnston, Clerk of the Course at the MCE UGP said: “The RCV is probably the most famous bike in the world at the moment, one that Bruce has described recently as an absolute weapon, with superb power yet pretty nimble and compact.
“This is going to be sensational, a real treat for the spectators and it’s something I’m personally really excited about seeing. I’ve spoken at length with Clive Padgett about getting the bike to Dundrod, and it seems that Bruce and the team were just as keen as we were to make it happen.
“The world’s fastest road racer riding this stand-out bike is going to be another big draw for fans who will definitely be excited to see and hear the RCV lapping the 7.4m circuit.
“I’m particularly looking forward to seeing what he can do on it now that he’s recovered from the bruising he got at the TT. He’s won the superbike race three times in the last five years, let’s see if he can do it on the RCV.
“Back in 2013 we saw Bruce parade his native country’s most iconic bike, the Britten V1000, one of only 10 in the world. That was a feast for the eyes and the Honda RCV will be no different,” Johnston added.
Anstey has held the record for fastest lap at a road race since setting it at Dundrod in 2010 at an incredible 133.977mph.