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Road Racer of the Year vote - 9th: Gary Johnson

You vote Gary Johnson 9th in Crash.net's Road Racer of the Year poll
Top 10 Road Racers of the Year 2013:
9. Gary Johnson

Country: England
Team: Lincs Lifting Ltd/Valmoto MV Agusta

2013 Results:
NW200 Wins: 0
Podiums: 1

TT Wins: 0
Podiums: 1

Ulster Grand Prix Wins: 0
Podiums: 1

Gary Johnson opted to run his own Superstock Kawasaki and Honda Superbike machines on the roads this year and teamed up with Jack Valentine's Valmoto Racing outfit to ride the factory-backed MV Agusta 675 in the Supersport class.

At the North West 200, the Lincolnshire rider finished on the rostrum in difficult conditions in third position behind Alastair Seeley and Bruce Anstey to make a bright start to the international meetings.

He looked on course for another Isle of Man TT victory in the Superstock race before a stunning record lap of 131.220mph by Michael Dunlop demoted the Broughton man to the runner-up spot.

Johnson experienced bitter disappointment with two DNFs in the Superbike and Senior TT races on his Honda Fireblade but earned a solid ninth place in the second Supersport race on the MV Agusta after retiring from the opener.

He was again denied an international victory by Dunlop at the Ulster Grand Prix in the Superstock race on his Kawasaki, settling for second place at Dundrod after leading in the early stages to complete a clean sweep of international podiums on his Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Johnson ended the year at the Macau Grand Prix with a strong third place finish behind Ian Hutchinson and Michael Rutter.

A TT winner in the Supersport class in 2011, Johnson is a class act with the ability to achieve more international success in 2014, when he will rate as one of the big favourites in the Superstock class especially.

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Gary Johnson
Billy Redmayne, Malachi Mitchell-Thomas, Rob Hodson on the podium after the Junior Manx Grand Prix
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Dan Cooper and Michael Rutter in the 350cc Classic TT
Michael Dunlop won the Formula 1 Classic TT on the Team Classic Suzuki
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Michael Rutter on the Ripley Land Honda
Michael Dunlop and Michael Rutter at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT
Peter Hickman on the Mistral Kawasaki at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison on the Steelcote Solutions Kawasaki at the Classic TT
Trevor Nation and Steve Spray on the JPS Rotary Nortons.
Picture courtesy of Motorcycle News
Lee Johnston on the Black Eagle Racing MV Agusta
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki at the Classic TT
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT
Dennis Hoffer at the Manx Grand Prix
Newcomers prepare to leave the line at the Manx Grand Prix

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