Gary Johnson rounded off an excellent week at the TT for Mar-Train with a fifth place finish in yesterday’s Monster Energy Supersport race two. The thirty four year old made adjustments to his YZF-R6 Yamaha following his podium on Monday and posted his best lap of the week on lap two of the four lap race at a speed of 126.557mph. He was unable however to repeat his trip to the winner’s enclosure this time around as he finished fifth, thirteen seconds down on James Hillier.
The race wasn’t without drama for the Lincolnshire man as he hit a wall at Dorans bend on lap four after peeling in fractionally early. Johnson injured his left shoulder and ripped his RST leathers in the incident but regained his composure and maintained his fifth place to the flag.
Mar-Train Team Principal Tim Martin commented "That was another excellent ride by Gary, he has had a great TT for us with 3rd and 5th places despite a lack of track time before the event. We made improvements after race one but it just wasn’t enough to get back on the podium so well done to Hutchy, Anstey, Guy and Hillier. Our pit stop went well and Gary was the fastest through the Sulby speed trap at 172.5mph which was pleasing. Gary has been a pleasure to work with throughout the TT, we took him on because he had the potential to put our bike on the podium and he realised that potential on Monday. That is our TT over with Gary for this year but we wish him well in the Senior on Friday on his GB Moto ZX10, we can work together in the future again."
Gary Johnson said "I’m disappointed that we couldn’t get another podium but I gave everything in that race so fair play to the boys ahead of me. The bike was mega today, we made a few changes after Monday’s race and it improved the handling but it just wasn’t quite enough to live with the front guys. Still, we’ve had a good TT on the Supersport bike, I knew Tim could give me a competitive package and he has done just that so it was great to give the team their first TT podium."