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TT2014: Jubilant Johnson wins Supersport thriller

Gary Johnson claims second Isle of Man TT victory in dramatic Supersport race for Smiths Triumph
Gary Johnson claimed his second Isle of Man TT victory after a hard-fought win in the opening Supersport race.

The popular Lincolnshire rider, a winner in the class in 2011, prevailed in a gripping duel with Bruce Anstey to deliver a coveted TT success for British championship outfit Smiths Triumph.

Johnson's winning margin after four laps was only 1.5 seconds at the line over the Valvoline Padgett's Honda rider, with Michael Dunlop taking third on his MD Racing Honda, a further ten seconds back.

Dean Harrison was an excellent fourth on the Mar-Train Racing Yamaha, 30 seconds outside the rostrum places, with Tyco Suzuki's William Dunlop and his team-mate Guy Martin rounding out the top six.

Conor Cummins had been challenging inside the top six on the Jackson Racing Honda but retired on the final lap at Ginger Hall.

The race was delayed by over three hours until 2.05pm as a result of wet roads and fog on the Mountain section of the circuit in the morning.

It was Johnson who took the lead on lap one by Glen Helen from Anstey and Dunlop and at the end of the lap he held a 1.6 second advantage over the Kiwi with Dunlop only 1.4 seconds further back.

Anstey moved into the lead on lap two at Glen Helen by eight tenths of a second but the pendulum swung back in Johnson's favour by the time they reached Ballaugh, with the Triumph rider now in front by fractions of a second.

Johnson's lead at the half-way point of the four-lap race was 2.4 seconds after a lap of 126.7mph, but he lost time during his pit-stop and Anstey began lap three with one second in hand. Dunlop was still in striking distance only four seconds behind Johnson, with Harrison, Manx rider Conor Cummins and Martin next.

Once again the lead changed hands on the penultimate lap with Johnson pulling out a cushion of 3.82 seconds at Ramsey over Anstey, who was leading on the road.

Johnson had caught and passed Dunlop, who started ten seconds ahead at number six, and the pair were circulating close together as the race neared a conclusion.

A dramatic final lap saw Anstey slash Johnson's lead to a mere 0.08 seconds at Ballaugh and there was nothing in it at Cronk-ny-Mona, with Johnson still clinging on by 0.001 seconds.

As the packed grandstand held its breath after Anstey flashed over the line, Johnson powered down the Glencrutchery Road and blasted over the finishing line, taking his second TT win by only 1.5 seconds.

Weather-permitting, the Superstock race is due to be run over four laps this evening at 6.15pm.

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