MOTOR RACING: Gary Johnson notches up tow podiums at North West 200

Conor Cummins, Bruce Anstey and Gary Johnson. Pic credit Baylon McCaughey EMN-140518-203719001
Conor Cummins, Bruce Anstey and Gary Johnson. Pic credit Baylon McCaughey EMN-140518-203719001

Lincolnshire rider Gary Johnson enjoyed a successful North West 200 in Ireland when he secured five top 10 finishes including two podiums at the 8.9-mile Causeway Coast public road course.

Riding the Lincs Lifting Kawasaki, Gary, from Broughton near Brigg, secured a third place in the Superstock race plus a seventh and 10th in the two Superbike events.

His second podium finish came in the second Supersport event where he was riding the Smiths Triumph Racing Team machine on Saturday, to add to his seventh place in the first race on Thursday evening.

The Lincolnshire rider had spells at the front during both Thursday’s and Saturday’s six lap races and while his dry rear and intermediate front tyres weren’t the ideal option for Saturday’s wet race, he put together six consistent laps to claim a debut podium at the event for both the team and the Triumph Daytona 675R. A finish of seventh on Thursday evening could have been better still had he not been forced wide at York Corner on the final lap.

Johnson said: “I couldn’t be happier with how the week has gone or with how well the Smith’s Triumph team has worked.

“Only one of the mechanics had ever been to a road race before but we’ve worked hard all week, ironing out a few little issues, mainly with the electronics, and we’ve learned so much.

“Josh Brookes put a hard move on me going into York Corner on Thursday which made it hard to come back from, but that’s racing, while I made the wrong tyre choice on Saturday.”

Gary now heads to the Isle of Man TT races with practice getting underway on Saturday May 24.