The Isle of Man TT Senior Race will once again round off the annual motorcycle festival this Friday, with a host of the biggest faces in road racing set to take part.
Michael Dunlop will be confident after winning the Superbike race, this time with BMW engineering backing him up, before placing third in the Junior TT's first race.
The Senior Race stands as the blue-riband event at the Isle of Man TT, with viewing information and a breakdown of some of the riders most worth watching detailed ahead.
Date: Friday, June 6
Time: 1 p.m. BST/8 a.m. ET
TV Info: ITV 4 (UK), Velocity Channel (US)
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Riders to Watch
At 44 years of age, the thought of retirement is something that will undoubtedly be creeping into the mind of Bruce Anstey, but after setting a new course record in the Superbike TT with a time of 17 minutes and 6.682 seconds, the veteran can still tussle with the young guns.
In 2013, Anstey failed to add to his collection of nine Isle of Man TT wins, but his experience means that such mental blocks won't pose much of an issue. He knows what it takes to win, and the capacity to bounce back on Friday is there.
The New Zealander finished as runner-up to Gary Johnson in Monday's Supersport Junior TT on Monday, but the idea of increasing the speed gauges for the festival's closing encounter will be one that appeals to Anstey.
The only Isle of Man native to claim a top-10 race finish this year so far is Conor Cummins, who secured a podium finish on his Honda debut last weekend, placing third in the Superbike TT behind Guy Martin and winner Dunlop.
As confirmed by the official Isle of Man TT Twitter account, Cummings was forced to retire in his most recent outing on Tuesday, putting all the more emphasis on him to make the most of the remaining events:
Although his Superbike finish was more than 30 seconds slower than that of Dunlop, the 28-year-old remains well-established at this level and will hope to have finally found his ideal engineering blend after switching manufacturer for the fourth time in four years.
After winning four races at last year's Isle of Man TT, Dunlop has once again come to the island in 2014 with a bout of success as his reward.
The Northern Irishman got off to a roaring start on Saturday with a triumph in the Superbike TT, as aforementioned, and he will once again hop aboard his BMW S1000 RR for the Senior Race, with the aim of achieving the same result in the big bike stakes.
Dunlop Tyres congratulated their representative after he claimed his eighth Isle of Man TT victory at Tuesday's Dainese Superbike event:
The Senior does have a more tangible weight of expectation about it, however, and with Dunlop's success comes a more weighted sense of responsibility to perform, which can often be an unpredictable affliction.
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