Broughton rider Gary Johnson will go into tomorrow’s races at the Isle of Man TT in confident mood.
Johnson took a ninth-place finish in the Superbike race and finished seventh in the Supersport category on Monday.
The Supersport race has always been his strongest and he will be hoping to improve on that seventh-place finish tomorrow (Wednesday) on the RAF Regulars and Reserves/Lee Hardy Racing Triumph machine.
He will also line up in the Lightweight category, on the KMR Kawasaki, where he will be confident of challenging for a podium.
Johnson had said before the TT, that he was not just there to make up the numbers and on Monday was third in the Supersport race on the first lap.
On the second lap Johnson was slower and by the end of the lap he had dropped back to seventh place, before the chequered flag was waved and a result called because of deteriorating weather conditions.
“We set off well in the Supersport race but we got held up at the end of the lap ad lost a bit of time,” he said. “Then the rain started coming down so I backed off a bit.
“I might look to use a different engine on Wednesday so we will work with that.
“In the lightweight I have been strong in every practice so we can work on that and try and find a bit more speed.”
Johnson also feels he can improve on the big bikes with the Superstock race due to take place on Thursday and the Senior TT on Friday.
The first Superbike race, in which Johnson finished ninth, was brought to a premature end after Daley Mathison crashed and sadly died.
He was a rider Johnson knew well.
“It is always bad to see a red flag and when I heard the news I was really gutted,” he told the Telegraph.
“I had a trip to South Africa with him and I knew his Penz crew from my time with them so it was just so gutting to hear.”
Like many of the riders Johnson has struggled for practice time with weather conditions on the island leading to many sessions being cancelled.
But Johnson feels he can improve the Superbikes if he gets a bit more practice on them.
“There is still a bit to do with the superbikes and make it stable as we can but we have had a lack of time to do it,” Johnson said.
“So there is a bit of work to do but we can take that forward for the Superstock and Senior races and hopefully we can get a few practice laps.
“Everything is OK but we can be stronger. We will chip away at it and try and get back into that top five.”
Johnson is still struggling with the leg injuries that he suffered at a crash at Oulton Park before he travelled out to the North West and Isle of Man but is managing it the best he can.
“The injury to the leg isn’t helping the job,” he said. “It is a bit stiff and I’m not moving around as much on the bike.
“If I hadn’t got the injury it would have been better but I’m still out there and still pretty competitive.
“I have just learned how to manage it.”
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