NW200 Supertwins: Johnston does the double with a clear break

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Local star Lee Johnston has made up for his race one crash at the Vauxhall North West 200 by taking victory in the supertwin race, doubling up in the class after his Thursday night victory.

He was able to pull out a big lead in the four lap race after passing initial leader Ryan Farquhar on the opening lap, and cleared off to win with ease as the battle for second raged behind him.

Having been passed by Johnston, Farquhar held second for a time, but a closing pack of Michael Dunlop, Jamie Cowton and Jeremy McWilliams were on top of him before long, and the Northern Irishman soon found himself demoted back to fifth place.

The other three traded places all through the race, but a mistake at a chicane on the last lap demoted him back in front of teammate Farquhar in fourth, and left Dunlop to make a move on Cowton at Juniper Chicane to secure second.

The other two KMR Kawasakis were less fortunate, with Conor Behan crashing out at Mathers Cross chicane on the opening lap, while Keith Amor was forced to retire after gambling on dry tyres.

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer