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Ulster GP: Lee Johnston ruled out after practice spill

Lee Johnston has been ruled out of the MCE Ulster Grand Prix with a broken collarbone following a spill during opening practice at Dundrod.
UPDATE: Gary Johnson has travelled to Northern Ireland to take over Lee Johnston's rides on the East Coast BMW and Triumph machines.

Lee Johnston has been ruled out of the MCE Ulster Grand Prix after suffering a broken collarbone on the opening day of practice.

Johnston came off his 250cc Honda at the hairpin in wet and miserable conditions at the Dundrod course.

He claimed the man of the meeting award last year following a superb hat-trick, including wins in both Supersport races and the Superstock event.

Johnston had battled back to fitness after a crash at the Scarborough Spring Cup meeting left him nursing injuries at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.

Poor weather and an oil spill led to long delays during the first practice sessions for the Ulster Grand Prix on Wednesday.

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Lee Johnston at the Ulster Grand Prix
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Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Jochem van den Hoek.
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Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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