North West 200: Frustration for Rasen riders

Gary Johnson in action at the North West 200 EMN-160516-111400002
Gary Johnson in action at the North West 200 EMN-160516-111400002
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Last week’s North West 200 races didn’t go so well for either Broughton racer Gary Johnson or Market Rasen rider Phil Crowe.

Neither rider was involved in Thursday evening’s races, and Saturday’s racing was then abandoned after a fatality in the Supertwins race.

Phil Crowe races at the North West 200 EMN-160516-111411002

Phil Crowe races at the North West 200 EMN-160516-111411002

Johnson recorded a strong seventh place in the Superstock race which was red-flagged after two laps, and at the restart was reduced to five laps distance.

The Broughton rider got away well in the restarted race and was running up in contention with the leaders in fifth position.

But as the race unfolded he dropped back to seventh and remained in that position to the chequered flag.

Crowe failed to finish the first Superbike race on Saturday, but did well in the Superstock event to finish in a creditable 19th place, not perhaps where he wanted to be, but at least it was a finish.

With the rest of the racing being abandoned, both Johnson and Crowe will now move on to the Isle of Man where they will take part in the TT races at the end of the month.