Gary Johnson says his victory on the Isle of Man TT is 'still sinking in' after claiming a maiden triumph in the closely-fought Supersport race.
Johnson, currently racing full-time in the British Supersport Championship, produced an outstanding performance aboard the East Coast Racing Honda to fend off competition from a series of more experienced TT rivals.
Winning by almost ten seconds, Johnson – who also notched up a podium in the Superbike TT race aboard the Lincs Lifting Honda – admits he is still coming to terms with his new-found TT winner status.
"It's been a real emotional rollercoaster! You spend all year thinking about what is going to happen there as you just never know. There is a lot of luck involved, but also a lot of work put in by all the team and it's all very mentally draining but well worth it when the results come.
“Obviously the highlight of my week was taking my first ever TT win on Thursday in the Supersport race, it's still sinking in that I'm a TT race winner, it's just awesome. I couldn't have done it without the help and support of my friends and family, my sponsors and of course the team who worked hour after hour to make sure everything was right.
“Thanks must go to John at Lincs Lifting Ltd, Phil from East Coast and Spider, James and the boys for everything they have done this week, I'm so grateful and glad I could repay them with two TT podiums. It was a really good week and to be honest I can't wait to get back here next year and do it all again!"