Gary Johnson took the victory in the Monster Energy Supersport race this afternoon, enjoying a thrilling battle with Bruce Anstey for the win.
|It was a nail-biting final lap
After a three hour delay to the race start due to poor weather conditions this morning, the race finally got underway at 2.05pm with a tantalisingly close battle emerging on the final lap between the leading two riders.
The win was sealed by a mere 1.5 seconds and as a result, Johnson has become the first rider to win a TT race on-board a Triumph in 10 years.
The Smiths Triumph rider held the lead from the get-go but TT veteran, Anstey was on his tail throughout the four lap race. At one point on the first circulation of the mountain circuit, the gap between the pair was 0.009 seconds as well as a difference on the final lap of just 0.011s at Cronk ny Mona, but Johnson managed to pull out an extra second in the remaining sections of the fourth and final lap.
It was Saturday’s Superbike TT winner Michael Dunlop who finished third, while Conor Cummins went out at Ginger Hall on the final lap which allowed Dean Harrison to secure fourth place. Tyco Suzuki team-mates William Dunlop and Guy Martin completed the 150 mile race in fifth and sixth place respectively.
However, tragedy struck on the third lap when Bob Price crashed at Ballaugh and sadly lost his life. The 65-year-old first competed at the TT in 1992. In 2002 he finished third place in the MGP Junior Classic and second in the Senior Classic. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.