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Ulster GP: Johnston doubles up with Supersport triumph

Lee Johnston seals his second victory at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix after defeating William Dunlop by 0.039 seconds in a frenetic Supersport opener at Dundrod.
Lee Johnston doubled up with a record-breaking Supersport victory as the Northern Ireland rider edged out William Dunlop in another sensational final lap showdown at Dundrod.

Johnston made the early running on the East Coast/Burdens Triumph and opened a slight advantage at the front from the British Supersport Gearlink Kawasaki of Glenn Irwin, with Dunlop in hot pursuit in third.

After locking horns with Carrick rider Irwin, who is making his Supersport debut at the Ulster Grand Prix, Dunlop took up the running in second place on the CD-IC Racing Yamaha and began to reel in Johnston.

The pair managed to make a break for it, leaving Irwin, Ian Hutchinson on the Team Traction Control Yamaha and last year's winner Bruce Anstey (Valvoline Padgetts Honda) to battle it out for third.

Dunlop moved into the lead for the first time at the beginning of lap five after slipstreaming past the Triumph rider on the Flying Kilo and kept his nose ahead until the sixth and final lap, when Johnston squeezed through on the brakes at Tournagrough.

Dunlop had a look at the hairpin, but Johnston had it covered and managed to defend his line on the final run to the flag to wrap up his second win of the day, setting a new lap record of 128.912mph as he crossed the line with only 0.039 seconds in hand over Dunlop.

Irwin got the better of Anstey for an excellent third place, with Hutchinson finishing a close fifth.

Peter Hickman finished an impressive sixth on the Trooper MV Agusta, 32 seconds down, followed by Dan Kneen (Valvoline Padgetts Honda) and Seamus Elliott on the Wilson Craig Honda, who finalised the top eight.

Mar-Train Yamaha's Dean Harrison was running inside the top six when he slid off unhurt. Michael Dunlop was a non-finisher on the MD Racing Honda but had never been in contention for the rostrum.

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