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