A jubilant Davey Todd said he was “thrilled” to claim his first Southern 100 win last night after a dominating performance in the first senior race.
Milenco by Padgett’s Honda rider took the honors over 19 seconds ahead of Ballymoney’s Michael Dunlop (Buildbase Suzuki), while impressive Manxman Nathan Harrison (Steam Packet Company Honda) completed the top three at Billown .
Pre-race favorite Dean Harrison led the first four laps on his DAO Racing Kawasaki before retiring with a problem shortly after being passed by tough Todd, who set the fastest lap at 115.165 mph.
It was an exceptional effort from the Saltburn rider, who was only competing in the event for the second time after making his debut for John Burrows’ Northern Ireland side in 2018.
“It’s mega but it’s a shame I couldn’t have more battle with Dean because it was going to be good – he must have had a problem with his bike,” Todd said.
“Dean ran wide at the first hairpin and raised his hand, so I passed him there.
“I just tried to learn as much as I could in the early laps and I’m delighted to get my first win here.
“It’s so cool to see people hanging over the fences and coming out to support us.
“Hats off to the team because we had a few issues yesterday but they fixed them and this bike is just great.”
Todd is having a stellar season on the roads, with the 26-year-old earning a string of grandstand results at the North West 200 and claiming his first Isle of Man TT podium in the Superstock race last month.
Dunlop, however, was deflated by his second-place finish, with the 21-time Isle of Man TT winner saying he had “nothing else to give”.
“It was a bit of an embarrassing race,” said the Ulster driver.
“I had nothing else to give and that’s how it goes.”
Harrison took the lead with Todd chasing him, while Dunlop was in fourth place behind Nathan Harrison.
After three laps, Todd was only half a second behind the race leader and he made his move on lap four, hitting the front to resume the race.
Harrison, however, was sent off, leaving Todd away from Dunlop, who fought his way into Nathan Harrison’s past third.
With no one to disturb him, Todd pulled out a clear winner 19.2 seconds behind Dunlop, with Harrison overtaking Yorkshireman Jamie Coward (KTS Racing by Steadplan Yamaha) for the final podium spot.
Skerries rider Michael Sweeney finished fifth on the BMW MJR ahead of Ryan Kneen, Rob Hodson (Dafabet Kawasaki) and Magherafelt’s Paul Jordan (Prez Racing Yamaha).
The race was delayed after a red flag incident during the Sidecar qualifying session. No other details were provided.
Earlier, Harrison secured pole for tonight’s first Supersport race from Dunlop and Coward.
Last night’s opening race for the Supertwin machines was postponed due to rain. Organizers will now look to run the race on that evening’s schedule, which also includes the second Senior race.