MOTORCYCLING: Strong return to action for Brigg’s Johnson at Macau GP

Gary Johnson EMN-141116-191802001
Gary Johnson EMN-141116-191802001

Brigg rider Gary Johnson completed the 2014 Macau GP in a strong fourth place - a fantastic result for him considering he has been sidelined ever since his crash at the Isle of Man TT races back in June.

Gary broke numerous vertebrae in his TT crash and has been working his way back to full fitness ever since. Fully fit - although a little race rusty - Gary was determined to contest the Macau GP where he has had a lot of success in the past with numerous podium finishes under his belt.

Gary Johnson EMN-141116-191740001

Gary Johnson EMN-141116-191740001

He completed his qualifying in seventh place and as the race got underway on Saturday he was soon challenging for position with Martin Jessopp. The pair exchanging positions on numerous occasions until eventually Gary made the break to chase after the leading group.

He reeled in Lee Johnston who was holding third place and passed him, but Jessopp was back on the charge and he snatched third place away from Gary who crossed the finish line a fraction of a second behind for fourth place.

“We had a few issues in free practice but that’s what practice is for...to resolve any little niggles. Qualifying didn’t quite go to plan as I got held up in traffic but I held seventh place and my ideals were better plus I had a good race tyre pace.

“I got away well and began to reel in the leaders...well everyone except Stu who had long gone! (Stuart Easton, race winner). I managed to get up into third but Martin Jessopp managed to get back ahead so I had to settle for a close fourth place at the flag.”