Lee Johnston returned to the top of a road racing podium this weekend, winning the Supersport 600A and Ultra Lightweight races at Oliver’s Mount in North Yorkshire.
In recent weeks the Maguiresbridge rider has focused on preparations for his track season, testing his Yamaha Ashcourt Racing ahead of the British Supersport Championship which kicks off at the end of June, but he took advantage of a rare road racing opportunity to once again showing his talents on the road.
With the road racing schedule hit hard by cancellations, and the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT among those events not running due to Covid restrictions, the Oliver’s Mount contest gave Lee a chance to return in a place that has been beneficial to him. in the past, and he’s had racing victories aboard two different bikes.
Lee was in action with his familiar Yamaha Ashcourt Racing for the Supersport A race where he dominated the event, capitalizing on the crash of main rival Dean Harrison to secure a convincing victory.
After qualifying in fourth place, he won the race in the opening race on Saturday, quickly taking the lead and edging his rivals to take the checkered flag with 2.3 seconds ahead of his closest. challenger.
An immediate advance
In Sunday’s race he was the fastest out of the line to take an immediate lead past Dean Harrison, and by the end of the first lap he had extended his advantage to two seconds.
Johnston continued to extend his advantage over Harrison and the pursuit squad, and looked set for victory even before Harrison reached the ground in the third lap.
With four laps to go, the lead was up to ten seconds, and although Lee relaxed in the later stages of the race, he managed to manage his lead, eventually crossing the line with almost three seconds left. ahead of Dominic Herbertson’s Kawasaki.
Lee was also competing in the Ultra Lightweight class on a Honda 250cc, and he was chasing Joey Thompson at the start of the first race.
With two laps to go, he took the lead and took the lead to finally triumph by more than six seconds over Richie Welsh’s Yamaha.
The second Ultra Lightweight race the next day seemed like another battle between Johnston and Thompson, but Lee retired early and then failed to add to his winning tally as he was also unable to take the grid in the spring finale. Cup Trophy.