This year’s TT Races in the Isle of Man has been plagued with bad weather but that didn’t stop Fermanagh rider Lee Johnston securing his first ever TT win in the first Supersport race of the week.
The race was halted after two of the scheduled four laps because of deteriorating weatherconditions on Monday.
Johnston won by 3.6 seconds ahead of James Hillier, with Peter Hickman 1.3 seconds further behind in third. Kawasaki’s Hillier was the early pacesetter on first lap but Johnston took lead and led by two seconds by the end of the opening circuit.
Johnston lapped at 126.031 on the opening lap and 126.87 on the second, despite the deteriorating conditions on parts of the Mountain Course.
Johnston told the media afterwards; “I saw the chequered flag and was confused, I didn’t know what to do. This is what we race for.”
“I could see rain on my screen and visor but I wasn’t going to lose this for not being brave enough in a couple of spits of rain,” added the 30 year old.
“I’m so emotional. I feel like I haven’t done anything different and it has just clicked. I saw P1 on my board near the end of the first lap and went for it. I’m absolutely over the moon.” He dedicated his win to his late father Everitt who passed away in 2016 after battling cancer.
“I probably haven’t been the easiest person to live with because of all the stress but this is what we do it for,” said Johnston.
“It’s something I always wanted to do and there’s one person I wish was here to see that. He won’t be, but hopefully he’s looking down.” His previous best finish at the TT was a third place in the Superstock category in 2015 so this makes the win all the more bittersweet.
Johnston came to the TT fresh off the back of his win in the Supersport category at last month’s North West 200 which brought his tally to four wins at North West 200 across his career. He has also won twice in the 600cc middleweight class at the Ulster Grand Prix. He also has three Ulster GP triumphs to his name and was the 2008 British Superstock 600cc champion.
The Clerk of the TT course has reported that racing should start 12.45pm this afternoon after a total wipeout yesterday and Johnston’s Supersport class is the first race up. What a dream come true it would be if the Maguiresbridge native could complete a double today!
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