Lee Johnston thrilled to clinch Supersport pleasure after unbelievable back-and-forth duel with Davey Todd
British Supersport hotshot Lee Johnston lived as much as his billing with a hard-earned fifth North West 200 triumph in yesterday’s Supersport race.
he Fermanagh man, now based mostly in Huddersfield, was touted because the most certainly winner after making a superb begin to the British Championship on his Ashcourt Racing Yamaha.
Johnston opted to not race in Thursday’s Supersport opener, which was held in chilly and moist circumstances.
But the 33-year-old made amends to win the second race on a sun-kissed Saturday, though he was harried all the best way to the road by type man Davey Todd on the Milenco by Padgett’s Honda.
On a nail-biting ultimate lap, Johnston got here out on high after a decisive overtake on the Juniper Hill chicane to win by a mere 0.079s.
“It’s not fairly often two riders get away on the entrance and I gave Davey a wee wave once I knew it was simply the 2 of us,” Johnston stated.
“We have been each passing one another and never slowing one another up, and it was good, clear enjoyable.
“The bikes have been fairly evenly matched another way, and I bought away when Davey made a mistake. But then I made an enormous mistake myself at York nook and he caught me again once more,” he added.
“He made a mistake at Black Hill on the final lap and I used to be in a position to get a run on him.
“Hopefully this makes up for Thursday.”
The pair streaked away from the sector and engaged in their very own private duel on the entrance, with a last-lap decider all the time trying possible.
Johnston managed to tug a spot of 1.5s after Todd made an error on the brakes at Mather’s chicane on lap 4, however the Saltburn-by-the-Sea rider regrouped and reeled the chief again in, topping 180mph on the Honda on the blast to Coleraine.
On the sixth and final lap, Todd had his nostril in entrance at Metropole in Portrush, however he overcooked it barely over Black Hill and Johnston was in a position to get wonderful drive alongside the Coast Road.
As the group held its breath, Johnston went previous Todd into Juniper chicane and prevailed within the dash to the road, the place he sealed his second Supersport win on the north coast by the narrowest of margins.
Todd, who had 4 runner-up finishes in whole over the 2 days of racing, stated: “I attempted exhausting over Black Hill on the final lap, most likely a bit too exhausting, and I used to be gutted to not get the win.
“But it was an incredible race with Lee and it was an incredible race to be a part of.”
Michael Dunlop introduced his MD Racing Yamaha dwelling in third, 9.8s again.
“They’re each working on the entrance within the British Championship and we haven’t had a lot time, so it’s a superb begin,” Dunlop stated.
“We’ve made a step and I used to be doing the lap instances alone, so we’re on top of things.”
Dean Harrison (DAO Kawasaki), Jamie Coward (KTS/Steadplan Yamaha) and Joe Loughlin (ILR/Coverdale Yamaha) finalised the primary six.
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