David Johnson wrapped up his maiden Classic TT win in dramatic fashion on Monday evening.
The popular Australian looked like he was going to have to settle for second in the four-lap Superbike race, only for long-time leader Michael Dunlop to retire at Hillberry on the final circuit with only a couple of miles left to go.
This left the door open for Johnson to secure a 41.276-second win on the 750 Kawasaki over the fast-finishing Derek Sheils.
The Irishman, riding a similar Kawasaki to Johnson, claimed his maiden Classic TT podium finish as he pipped James Hillier to runners-up spot by only 1.5 seconds after Hillier had to restart the Oxford Racing Ducati in the final sector.
Conor Cummins came home fourth on corrected time ahead of fellow Manxman Ryan Kneen, who had a very impressive ride on the Team Herheim Racing Kawasaki in fifth.
Full report and reaction in Thursday’s Manx Independent.
The Manx Grand Prix starts in earnest tomorrow, Tuesday, with the Newcomers’ race at 12.15pm.