Gary Johnson won a thrilling Monster Energy Supersport TT on Monday afternoon, beating Bruce Anstey by just 1.5 seconds after 150 miles of racing.
Johnson secured Triumph’s first TT win since 2003 after a ding-dong battle with Padgett’s Honda man Anstey who was ironically the last man to claim a win for the British manufacturer in 2003.
A further 10 seconds behind Anstey was Saturday’s Superbike winner Michael Dunlop in third, with Dean Harrison fourth and William Dunlop fifth. Guy Martin rounded out the top six on his Tyco Suzuki.
Commenting on his second TT victory Johnson said: ‘This one means more than the first because it’s Triumph’s first for 11 years. It pays back all the hard work that the Smiths have put into bringing the bike over here.’
Some showers over the Mountain hindered Anstey’s almost now trademark late charge: ‘I tried my hardest, but it was tricky over the Mountain over the last couple of laps. I thought they might have stopped it on the third lap.’
Ramsey’s Conor Cummins had been battling with Harrison and Martin for fourth, before coasting to a halt at Ginger Hall on the fourth and last lap.
Dan Kneen finished 14th, but younger brother Ryan Kneen retired at Kirk Michael on the first lap.
Racing continues this evening, Tuesday, at 6.15pm with the four-lap RL 360 Superstock race.
More in Tuesday’s Examiner.