Johnston doubles up in frantic supersport race

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Lee Johnston has made it two from two at the Ulster Grand Prix, by taking victory from William Dunlop in the opening supersport race of the day by only 0.039, after a frantic race-long fight.

Trading places throughout the six-lap race, it was Dunlop and Johnston who was able to break away at half distance from the rest of the leading pack of Ian Hutchinson, Bruce Anstey and Glenn Irwin.

With the dealing duo down the road and clear, it was Irwin who managed to push his way through past his more experienced rivals, to take the chequered flag with only 0.3 covering the three machines.

Johnston said afterwards: “I don’t know what to say. We made a few changes, went the right way and the bike is absolutely mint. It was nice to have a battle with William, and nice to get one over on him too! It’s not often that I’m speechless, but I don’t know what to say!”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer