A podium finish, in the opening Superbike race, topped off what was overall an extremely positive 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200, for six times international road race winner, Lee Johnston.
Finishing third in the first of the two premier Superbike races, General Lee produced an accomplished performance aboard Jackson Racing’s CBR 1000 Honda Fireblade, in what where ultra tricky wet/damp conditions.
Photo by Rod Neill
Alongside his big bike exploits, he also enjoyed a trip to the rostrum in the opening Superstock encounter, where he wrapped up an impressive second place finish on East Coast Racing’s S1000RR BMW.
Speaking about his latest first class achievements around the Triangle, the hugely popular rider said:
“It’s great to be back on the podium, especially in the Superbike class and although I was a bit cagey at the start, I rode my own race in the conditions.
I didn’t want the leading group to pull away but the BMW’s have full traction control and the like whereas I only had my right hand and had to search for the wet bits of the track to keep everything moving in the right direction.
I struggled a bit on the 600 with top end speed but I’m happy with my form, I’m fully fit and raring to get going now at the TT.”
Words by Stevie Rial