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Lee Johnston tastes Mountain glory for first time at Classic TT

26 August 2014

Lee Johnston shattered the lap record as the Northern Ireland rider blitzed the opposition to win the Okell's 350cc Classic TT.

In sunny but breezy conditions, Johnston came through to overhaul Alan Oversby (Davies Motorsport Honda) to take a commanding win on the Black Eagle Racing MV Agusta by 45.3 seconds after three laps.

Johnston set a new lap record on his second lap at 105.239mph as he turned the screw on his way to his first ever victory around the Mountain Course.

Oversby and team-mate William Dunlop made the early running on lap one but Johnston was on the move and had slotted into second place by the time they reached Glen Helen on the second lap, almost seven seconds behind Oversby.

The gap was down to 2.4 seconds at Ramsey but Johnston hit the front for the first time at the Bungalow and pulled away afterwards to open a dominant lead as he smashed Chris Palmer's 2013 lap record.

His advantage was up to 9.9 seconds on the final lap at Glen Helen from Oversby, with Dunlop 14 seconds further back. Roy Richardson, Saturday's 500cc race winner Ian Lougher and Jamie Hamilton were next.

Dunlop's race ended at Kirk Michael on the final lap but Johnston was firmly in control at this point, his advantage now 22 seconds at Ramsey.

He stretched away further over the Mountain to take his first victory on the infamous circuit from Oversby, with Richardson, Lougher, Jamie Hamilton and Chris Swallow the top six.

Michael Dunlop, Connor Behan, James Hillier and Dan Cooper – who had been holding sixth place at Ramsey on lap one – all retired from the race.

The race was postponed from Monday due to bad weather on the Isle of Man.


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