Nor­tons claim top 10 fin­ishes

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Nor­ton claimed a pair of top 10 fin­ishes in the Su­per­bike TT with David Johnson sev­enth and Josh Brookes eighth.

Brookes was ham­pered by a too-soft sus­pen­sion set­ting at the start of the race. He said: “Lead­ing up to the race I was un­sure what we could hope to achieve as our lap times haven’t been the best be­cause of the lack of prac­tice. I haven’t been con­fi­dent to push any harder.” But the tal­ented Aussie still man­aged 129.127mph on the fi­nal lap.

David Johnson’s open­ing lap was his fastest at 128.911mph.

“Af­ter do­ing only six laps on the

Nor­ton I went to bed last night feel­ing that I shouldn’t be start­ing the race in the num­ber one slot be­cause I was so un­pre­pared,” he said.

Dan Kneen scored his best TT fin­ish with fifth place on the BMW, de­spite in­cur­ring a 30-sec­ond pit­lane speed­ing penalty. But Michael Rut­ter (Bathams SMT BMW) was gut­ted to fin­ish in sixth, a mere 0.135 sec­onds be­hind the Manx­man af­ter 226 miles of rac­ing.

‘Lead­ing up to the race I was un­sure what we could achieve’ JOSH BROOKES

David Johnson equalled his 2016 fin­ish of sev­enth in the Su­per­bike TT

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