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Johnson takes positives from debut on MV Agusta

'I think we're 98% there with the bike now, so what little time we've had on the road has been worth it after all' - Gary Johnson
Gary Johnson says the limited track time he has had on the roads with the Valmoto MV Agusta 675 F3 has been 'worth it' even after the North West 200 was cancelled due to rain.

Johnson failed to finish the first Supersport race at the international meeting on Thursday due to a faulty tip-off switch but crossed the line in 16th place on Saturday, with the second race declared a result after two laps after four riders crashed out in two separate incidents.

The Lincolnshire rider is now looking forward to the Isle of Man TT, where he claimed his maiden race win in the Supersport class in 2011.

“It's so frustrating that I haven't been able to complete race distance but I think we're 98% there with the bike now, so what little time we've had on the road has been worth it after all,” he said.

“We're all now looking ahead to the TT.”

It wasn't the roads debut for the MV Agusta that experienced team manager Jack Valentine had been looking for and he admitted he had been left slightly deflated by the cancellation of the event.

“What can I say, we can't control the weather. It's frustrating for us, the organisers and the fans that the races have to be cancelled – we've been in Northern Ireland for the best part of a week preparing for today's event and we're unable to get a fair shot at it,” he said.

“However, that being the case, it's not unlike some of the weather conditions we've experienced in the British Superbikes, for example.

“Although we haven't been able to complete a full race with the F3, we are pleased with the development progress we've made over here.

“We posted some good times through the speed trap and we've managed to fix the problems we had with instability earlier on in the week,” added Valentine.

“Overall, it's been a learning curve for us and we're now looking forward to getting back into the workshop and analysing the data we've collated ahead of the Isle of Man TT races.”



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