Smok­ing craic

Lee John­ston upholds Pad­gett’s Clas­sic TT hon­our on the Isle of Man, while McGuin­ness wins his come­back race

Performance Bikes (UK) - - MONTH IN BIKES -

THE CLAS­SIC TT COULD have been a let down: with top rid­ers ei­ther miss­ing (Dun­lop, Hick­man) or ail­ing (An­stey, Lintin) and poor weather in prac­tice week threat­en­ing to fol­low in to race pe­ri­ods, it could have been a meet­ing to for­get.

But it came good in the end: John McGuin­ness spent the run-up to the event run­ning out on his 2016 Su­per­stock Fireblade in a few club races and get his moun­tain course li­cence ready for the event. He didn’t race in the Su­per­bike class, opt­ing to give his just-healed leg an eas­ier re­turn to the Is­land on the Pa­ton 500 in the Clas­sic Se­nior, but put a smile on his chops with a win. Lee John­ston stepped in at Pad­gett’s to ride Bruce An­stey’s RS250, which has won both of the Clas­sic Light­weight races held so far. Lee made it three for three, though he wasn’t able to match two-stroke nut Bruce’s lap/race records on the bike.

In the Su­per­bike race, Dean Har­ri­son fucked off with the win, pulling out over a minute on Horst Saiger on an­other ZXR, in front of Conor Cum­mins do­ing a ster­ling job on An­stey’s YZR, de­spite look­ing like a mon­key hump­ing a foot­ball on the lithe stro­ker. PB reader Alas­dair Cowan’s ZXR750 came home in fourth, with up-and-com­ing Manx­man Andy Dud­geon ably pi­lot­ing it. Do­minic Her­bert­son also got his first IoM win in the Ju­nior race. Mean­while, PB’s Michael Rut­ter broke ev­ery bike he rode for a full house of DNFs, and got on the Steam Packet home with a right bas­tard-on.

‘John­ston stepped in at Pad­gett’s to ride Bruce An­stey’s RS250’

Lee John­ston did An­stey’s RS proud

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