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Ulster GP: Johnston revels in 'incredible' treble

Ulsterman in hat-trick feat with clean sweep in Superstock and Supersport races at Dundrod.

Lee Johnston has reflected on an 'unbelievable' performance at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix, where the Northern Ireland star clinched a terrific treble.

Johnston smashed the lap record for the Superstock class he edged out Peter Hickman by 0.090 seconds on his East Coast/Burdens BMW, setting a new speed of 132.793mph.

He also sealed a double on his Triumph 675, firstly getting the better of William Dunlop in the opening race as he upped the lap record to 128.913mph.

The 26-year-old completed his treble with victory in the second race when he was declared the winner from British Supersport star Glenn Irwin after the race was red-flagged due to the fatal crash involving Scottish rider Andy Lawson.

Johnston, who is among the favourites at the Classic TT this month on the Black Eagle MV Agusta machines in the 500cc and 350cc races, said: “It's an unbelievable feeling to come away from the Ulster Grand Prix with any sort of win, but to take three is incredible. But these wins are as much for the whole team as they are for me.

“It was an awesome day all round but the racer in me is slightly disappointed that we didn't get to win the UGP Superbike race, but all credit to Bruce [Anstey] and Hutchy who pushed me down to third place.”

Johnston set his fastest ever lap at the 7.4-mile Dundrod course at 132.945mph in the feature Superbike race as he took third place behind Bruce Anstey and Ian Hutchinson, with the top three separated by only 0.643 seconds.

The Fermanagh rider was also named the man of the meeting, receiving the Darran Lindsay trophy.

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Lee Johnston at the Ulster Grand Prix
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Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston in the winners` enclosure following the 2015 500cc Classic TT
Tyco BMW`s Ian Hutchinson
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Ian Hutchinson leads Michael Dunlop in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his four wins at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
Sidecar crew Ian and Carl Bell
Bruce Anstey, William Dunlop and Daley Mathison were the top three in the SES TT Zero race.
Bruce Anstey won the SES TT Zero race on the Mugen.
Ian Hutchinson o the Team Traction Control Yamaha R6 at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on the Team Traction Control Yamaha in the second Monster Energy Supersport race at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on the Tyco BMW Superstock machine at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on his Tyco BMW Superstock machine at the Isle of Man TT.
Ian Hutchinson on the Team Traction Control Yamaha at the Isle of Man TT.

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August 11, 2015 9:38 PM

To be honest Lee brings a lot of fresh air to the sport of road racing and has really improved over the last few years. Speaks well on TV but can mix it with the top guys. Very settled with his team which is a good thing. The old saying a happy rider is a fast rider. Should have a good 2016 season.

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