Isle of man TT: Broughton motorcycle racer Gary Johnson claims Supersport podium

Gary Johnson rides to third place in the opening Supersport race at the Isle of Man TT EMN-150615-161256002
Gary Johnson rides to third place in the opening Supersport race at the Isle of Man TT EMN-150615-161256002

Gary Johnson made amends for his last lap crash in his opening Isle of Man TT race by grabbing a superb podium in the first Supersport race.

Johnson finished third last Monday for Mar-train Yamaha, giving the team its first podium finish in only their second visit to the island.

The 34-year-old led the early stages of the race from team-mate Dean Harrison in a dream one-two for the Lisburn outfit as they disputed the podium positions with Ian Hutchinson and Bruce Anstey.

Johnson continued to press with a second lap of 126.450mph to pull away from the rest of the field with only four seconds separating Hutchinson in the lead from Johnson in third.

As they started the last lap, Hutchinson and Anstey had pulled clear of the Yamaha man, but Johnson, in turn, had a 10-second gap over Lee Johnston.

He controlled the advantage to the chequered flag to secure his podium position and give Tim and Sonya Martin their first visit to the famous winners’ enclosure.

Johnson, from Broughton near Brigg, said: “I’m pleased with that, the bike and tyres worked really well and it’s great to get back on the podium.

“I was struggling to hold my corner speed in a few sections which was holding me back, but other than that, the bike was spot on.

“We led early on and put in some decent lap times.”

Team principal Tim Martin added: “To get our first podium at only our second attempt is phenomenal; it isn’t something I take lightly as TT podiums definitely do not come easy.

“The whole team has worked hard and Gary rode a great race; to be running first and second at the start was an unbelievable achievement.”

Gary went on to finish the second race in fifth position, and rounded off his fortnight’s work at the festival with a 12th place finish in the Senior TT.