Mixed bag from Isle of Man TT

pic credit Baylon McCaughey Show Gary on the Padgett's Honda Superbike and the TT legends Superstocker.
pic credit Baylon McCaughey Show Gary on the Padgett's Honda Superbike and the TT legends Superstocker.
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GARY Johnson came away from the Isle of Man with a mixed bag of results from this year’s TT races.

He scored a strong fifth place in the opening race of the week, going on to take eighth in the Superstock race, but suffered problems in both Supersport races.

And to cap it all off, the final race of the week, the high profile Senior TT, was cancelled altogether because of bad weather conditions.

Johnson, from Broughton near Brigg, opened his account with a fifth place finish on the Padgett’s Honda in the six lap Superbike race on Saturday.

He began his campaign from seventh place, the riders setting off around the 37.73-mile mountain road course at 10 second intervals.

He quickly moved up into fourth position on time, but as the race wore on settled into fifth place where he remained to the chequered flag.

Gary was odds-on favourite for the win in Monday’s Supersport race and, riding the Lincs Lifting Honda, he quickly settled into third position on the first of the four laps.

But after the refuelling stop at the end of lap two he found himself in the lead ahead of Bruce Anstey and Cameron Donald.

He held onto his lead to Ramsey on the final lap, but was being reeled in by Anstey and Donald who were both seeking the win.

By the time they passed the checkpoint at the Bungalow on the Mountain section of the course both had overhauled him on time and Gary was looking to finish in a comfortable third place.

But he was seen to slow and it was obvious he had a problem. He ended up coasting the bike over the finish line, pushing it home over the last mile after running out of fuel to record a finish of 28th.

Gary said: “We did a lap in practice on the little bike and all went fantastically well.

“We then put the new engine in ready for the race but gauged the fuel wrong for the conditions. “Although it looked nice and bright out there the temperature was quite low.

“We put a new radiator in which had a bigger capacity, but we misjudged it as we were running too cold, making no power and it was scoffing fuel, which caused us to run out.

“To say we were leading the race is testament that the engine is sound and if we can get it running at the right temperature the bike is a winner.”

l Although he started well in the second Supersport event he soon encountered problems and was forced to retire early on the first lap to sit it out and watch the rest of the race unfold.

l The Isle of Man TT Superstock race took place in the stunning evening sun as, riding for the Honda TT Legends; Gary brought his Fireblade home in eighth place.

After swapping places a few times in the early stages, the Lincolnshire man settled into eighth on the timesheets on lap two and held steady for the remainder of the four-lap race.

The week was set to conclude with the Senior TT when Johnson was to once again ride the Padgett’s Honda on Friday.

But the racing was postponed to Saturday because of heavy rain and then eventually cancelled altogether on Saturday because of poor visibility on the mountain and damp patches under the trees.