The 2015 Isle of Man TT will conclude with the senior race on Friday, and with some of road racing's top drivers expected to participate in the event, fans can't wait until the clock hits 12:30 p.m. ET for the start of the marquee race.
Bruce Anstey finally managed to win his 10th Isle of Man TT event on Sunday with a dominant display in the Superbikes category, and the 45-year-old will have the chance to catch up to Michael Dunlop, Steve Hislop and Phillip McCallen in the all-time overall race winners standings.
His 11th win won't come easy, however, with the likes of Ian Hutchinson and Lee Johnston gunning for the win as well. Here's everything you need to know about Friday's main race.
Date: Friday, June 12
Time: 12:30 p.m. BST/7:30 a.m. ET
TV info: The race will be broadcast on ITV 4 (for UK viewers) and the Velocity Channel (for U.S. viewers).
Prize money: A total of £57,400 will be up for grabs, with the exact distribution yet to be announced by the organisation.
Riders To Watch
Three years after his win in the first Supersport race that put Anstey within a single victory of joining the Isle of Man's double-digit winners club, the 45-year-old from Wellington finally managed to get over the hump, putting together a fine display in the Superbike category.
Anstey, who holds the lap record and race record, and is widely regarded as one of the event's best all-time racers, had a lead of over 10 seconds on Hutchinson, who couldn't help but make a joke about Anstey's age after the race:
All kidding aside, the veteran looks as dominant and in-form as ever―despite sporting an incredible beard―and is the overwhelming favourite for the senior TT, the one event every participant wants to win.
In previous years, Anstey often looked as if he let the weight of expectations get the better of him, but during this year's event, there has been an air of relaxation surrounding him. And with that 10th win finally out of the way, he has nothing left to worry about. As shared by the event's official website, he simply isn't taking things all that serious:
Anstey knows the course better than anyone, has all of the racing experience in the world and is still one of the fastest men on two wheels, even at the age of 45. There's no reason not to like the veteran's chances of adding to his impressive tally.
Anstey isn't the only racer who will enter the senior TT with 10 wins under his belt, as his main rival, Hutchinson, managed to grab two wins during the week to take his tally to double digits as well.
The 35-year-old's story is a remarkable one, returning to the pinnacle of the sport after suffering a gruesome injury in 2010 that nearly cost him his leg, via BBC Sport:
Hutchinson beat Anstey in the first Supersport TT and followed it up with a shocking win over racing legend Dunlop in the Superstock event, promising fans that even more wins lie ahead, via Metzeler:
BBC's Stephen Watson was impressed:
Hutchinson is in the best form of his life, and he will undoubtedly have the fans in his corner as he looks to complete his fairytale return with a third race win in one week.
The 26-year-old Northern Irishman already has more wins at the Isle of Man TT than both Anstey and Hutchinson, but he'll enter Friday's senior race as the underdog after suffering multiple knocks and failing to impress earlier in the week.
According to BBC_NI_BIKES, he even considered sitting out the second Supersport race, just to give his body the chance to heal a little bit ahead of Friday's race:
Dunlop is fearless and has impressive speed, as evidenced by his incredible four wins last year, but there's simply too much working against him to beat Anstey and Hutchinson, two of the best and most in-form racers in the sport this year. It would be a pleasant shock if he somehow managed to find a way to win, but fans shouldn't count on it.