Johnson storms to second in Ulster Superbikes race

Gary Johnson
Gary Johnson

RIDING for Padgetts MMCG Honda Racing, Gary Johnson from Broughton near Brigg rode to a splendid second place in the annual Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race.

He also scored fourth place in the Dundrod Superbike race on Thursday and rounding off a successful week in Ireland he notched up fourth place in the Supersport and the second Superbike race on Saturday.

The Topaz/Airport Road Service Station Superbike race at the Dundrod 150 meeting was red flagged on lap four because of a serious accident and the results taken from positions at the end of lap three with Gary being awarded fourth place.

The Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race was run on Saturday and it was Johnson that led the field around the first 7.2-mile lap just a second ahead of Guy Martin with Michael Dunlop a further second adrift.

On lap two Martin took the lead and there was less than a second covering the three leading riders. As the race progressed the gap was reduced to a mere 0.6s and eventually Dunlop moved ahead of Johnson at the end of the Flying Kilo before taking the lead on lap six of seven.

But Dunlop made a mistake and slid off leaving Martin to snatch the win just five seconds ahead of Johnson, who in turn was some eight seconds ahead of the third placed rider Conor Cummins.

The weekend was far from over for the Lincolnshire ace, who went on to take a strong fourth place in the six lap Supersport race before rounding off his day with fourth place in the UGP Supporters Club/Peoples Superbike event.

The next outing for Gary is on home tarmac at Cadwell Park over the Bank Holiday weekend where he will contest round 10 of the Metzeler National Superstock championship for Samsung Honda over the weekend of August 25-27.