MOTORCYCLING: Brigg’s Gray Johnson set for Isle of Man TT

The British Championship winning Smiths Triumph Racing Team will make their debut at the 2014 Isle of Man TT Races.

Fuelled by Monster Energy, Lincolnshire rider Gary Johnson, who will be joined by teammate Michael Rutter.

The duo will line up on the 675cc Triumph Daytonas in the two, four-lap Monster Energy Supersport races, and with two potential race winners on board, the British manufacturer has a great chance of replicating the success achieved by Bruce Anstey and the Valmoto Triumph team back in 2003 when they won the Junior 600cc encounter.

Johnson, from Broughton near Brigg, has already tasted success in the Supersport category at the TT, having won the second race in 2011, and looked set to do the same in 2012 before running out of fuel on the final lap of the Supersport 1 Race.

Rutter, too, has been victorious in the 600cc category, winning the 1998 race although 2014 will be the first time he’s contested the class since 2009.

The team, run by father and daughter duo Alan and Rebecca Smith, forms a part of the Gloucester-based firm. They are one of the region’s largest and most respected construction services and waste management companies and their team has been at the forefront of the British Supersport Championship since they first contested it in 2010.

Rebecca Smith, team manager, said: “As a team we’ve often discussed the Isle of Man TT Races but only wanted to do it with everything in place.

“We are really looking forward to taking the iconic Triumph brand back to the Isle of Man and with Michael and Gary riding for us we are confident that we will be competitive.”