Honda Racing’s David Johnson took his first Isle of Man TT podium in sensational fashion in today’s Superstock race, getting the better of Michael Dunlop by just 0.2seconds. With the weather finally giving an uninterrupted day of running, it was a bumper day of track activity on the Island today.

Getting off to a steady start in the Superstock, Davo was eighth on the first of the three-lap race, but wasted no time in starting his ascent through the field. By Ramsey he was sixth, and by the end of lap one that had become fifth. The team did a fantastic job of his pitstop, getting him underway 3.8seconds faster than Dunlop’s pitstop, and with a penalty for speeding for James Hillier moved into fourth at the start of lap two.

Then in the final lap, the fight for the podium really became incredible. He and Michael Dunlop were separated by tenths of a second throughout, taking turns at holding third position. By Glen Helen, Davo was 0.7seconds ahead, but by Ballaugh Bridge that was just 0.1seconds, and by Bungalow Dunlop was one second ahead, but a stunning final sector for Davo overhauled that deficit to give the popular Aussie his very popular maiden TT podium.

In this morning’s first session, both Ian Hutchinson and Davo ran their Superstock machines for the qualifying lap, which was followed shortly by the second Supersport race. Whilst Davo took his CBR600RR to 10th in the two-lap race, unfortunately Hutchy was forced to retire on the opening lap. He then elected to sit out the Superstock race, in which Davo took the CBR1000RR Fireblade to the podium, in order to focus on this evening’s Senior qualifying lap.

As the sun was sitting low in the sky after what has been a rare beautiful day in this year’s TT, the qualifying lap was the final chance for track time before the blue riband Senior TT tomorrow. Working on some changes to the bikes, Davo finishes 7th fastest and Hutchy 12th. The finale of TT week, the Senior, is scheduled to start at 1000h tomorrow morning.

David Johnson

David Johnson

That was an unreal Superstock race! I didn't get up to speed straight away on the first lap but then I got up to fourth at the start of lap two. I saw the gap and it was +0 the whole time I was in fourth. I didn't know it was Michael I was dicing with but I could see the times to and fro and I just thought 'I gotta get this'. I just tried not to put a foot wrong on that last lap. Over the Mountain on the last lap was the best I've ever ridden over there on the Superstock bike, and that last sector was something else - I just put everything into it. I was P4 at the Bungalow and still at Cronk Ny Mona, so I just pushed like mad over the last bit. The team did a fantastic job and the dynamic between us is always very good, so I'm just so happy to get this podium.

Honda Racing
Ian Hutchinson

Ian Hutchinson 4

It's been a difficult day today and clearly the results aren't what we want, so there's some work to do for the Senior tomorrow. The organisers have done a great job to get so much running in today though with the good weather, which is what everyone wanted to see, so hats off to them. We'll come back tomorrow and see what we can do.

Honda Racing
Jonny Twelvetrees

Jonny Twelvetrees

Team Manager

Most of all today it's fantastic to see Davo on the podium - his first at the TT! It's so well deserved, for him and for all the guys working so hard behind him, and nobody put a foot wrong. He performed brilliantly, and the team did as well with such a slick pitstop which certainly contributed to Davo being able to clinch third by just 0.2seconds. After such an interrupted, wet week, it's brilliant to be able to celebrate a podium today. The organisers also did a great job in getting so much running in today - a record five races. The Supersport and the Superstock races didn't work out for Hutchy so he's had a tough day, but we look forward to getting into the Senior tomorrow and try and continue the strong form Davo showed today.

Honda Racing
Isle of Man TT

Snaefell Mountain Course, Isle of Man

Road Racing 2019

Thursday 6 Jun 2019, 15:54 UTC
# Rider Num Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Peter Hickman 10 Smiths Racing BMW BMW
2 Dean Harrison 2 Silicone Engineering Kawasaki +
3 David Johnson Honda Racing Honda +
4 Michael Dunlop 6 MD Racing BMW +
5 Conor Cummins 1 Milenco by Padgett's Motorcycles Honda +
6 Michael Rutter 8 Bathams Racing BMW +
7 James Hillier 5 Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki +
8 Davey Todd 18 Penz13.com BMW +
9 Jamie Coward 15 Prez Racing Yamaha +
10 Gary Johnson 7 RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki +
Monday 3 Jun 2019, 18:46 UTC
# Rider Num Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lee Johnston 11 Ashcourt Racing Yamaha 35:45.337
2 James Hillier 5 Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki +35:51.978
3 Peter Hickman 10 K2 Trooper Beer Triumph by Smits Racing Triumph +35:53:304
4 Dean Harrison 2 Silicone Engineering Kawasaki +36:06.308
5 Michael Dunlop 6 MD Racing Honda +36:09.462
6 Conor Cummins 1 Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda +36:15.922
7 Gary Johnson 7 RAF Regular & Reserves / Lee Hardy Racing Triumph +36:17.425
8 Jamie Coward 15 Prez Racing Yamaha +36:25.255
9 Davey Todd 74 Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda +36:47.028
10 Ian Hutchinson 4 Honda Racing Honda +36:55.133
14 David Johnson Honda Racing Honda +37:25.784
Monday 3 Jun 2019, 12:30 UTC
# Rider Num Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Peter Hickman 10 Smiths Racing BMW BMW 34:08.008
2 Dean Harrison 2 Silicone Engineering Kawasaki +34:09.790
3 Conor Cummins 1 Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda +34:17.353
4 James Hillier 5 Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki +34:49.727
5 Michael Rutter 8 Bathams Racing Honda +35:02.618
6 Michael Dunlop 6 Tyco BMW BMW +35:05.324
7 David Johnson Honda Racing Honda +35:18.153
8 Jamie Coward 15 Prez Racing Yamaha +35:19.189
9 Gary Johnson 7 RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki +35:25.653
10 Davey Todd 18 Penz13.com BMW +35:34.642
13 Ian Hutchinson 4 Honda Racing Honda +35:47.078
Sunday 2 Jun 2019, 18:54 UTC
# Rider Num Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lee Johnston 11 Ashcourt Racing Yamaha 18:24.957
2 Gary Johnson 7 RAF Regular & Reserves / Lee Hardy Racing Triumph +18:27.987
3 James Hillier 5 Quattro Plant Wicked Kawasaki Kawasaki +18:33.121
4 Jamie Coward 15 Prez Racing Yamaha +18:39.449
5 Dean Harrison 2 Silicone Engineering Kawasaki +18:40.975
6 Ian Hutchinson 4 Honda Racing Honda +18:41.322
7 Paul Jordan 17 RC Express Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki +18:47.400
8 David Johnson Honda Racing Honda +18:48.626
9 Derek McGee 12 B&W / Diamond Edge Cuttin Kawasaki +18:55.311
10 Derek Sheils 28 Roadhouse Macau Racing Yamaha +18:55.898
11 Daley Mathison 19 WH Racing in Partnership with Dynobike Yamaha +19:00.384
12 John McGuinness 3 Milenco Padgetts Motorcycles Honda +19:13.328
Sunday 2 Jun 2019, 18:53 UTC
# Rider Num Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Conor Cummins 1 Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda 17:33.556
2 Dean Harrison 2 Silicone Engineering Kawasaki +17:38.738
3 David Johnson Honda Racing Honda +17:39.206
4 Michael Rutter 8 Bathams Racing Honda +17:44.925
5 Jamie Coward 15 Prez Racing Yamaha +17:47.703
6 James Hillier 5 Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki Kawasaki +18:03.519
7 Peter Hickman 10 Smiths Racing BMW BMW +18:06.253
8 Sam West 13 PRL Cyclestor.co.uk BMW +18:06.964
9 John McGuinness 3 Norton Motorcycles Norton +18:09.089
10 Brian McCormack 10 ON-1 Racing BMW +18:12.475
Tuesday 28 May 2019, 20:29 UTC
# Rider Num Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dean Harrison 2 Silicone Engineering Kawasaki 17:30.197
2 David Johnson Honda Racing Honda 17:52.643
3 Sam West 13 PRL Cyclestore.co.uk BMW 18:07.547
4 Lee Johnston 11 Ashcourt Racing BMW 18:11.075
5 Stefano Bonetti 23 Speed Motor BMW 18:11.186
6 Derek McGee 12 McGee/Doyne Racing Kawasaki 18:11.860
7 Michael Dunlop 6 MD Racing BMW 18:14.392
8 Daley Mathison 19 WH Racing in Partnership with Dynobike BMW 18:14.550
9 Peter Hickman 10 Smiths Racing BMW BMW 18:23.545
10 Rob Hodson 26 JGH Racing / VRS Recovery BMW 18:25.240
Tuesday 28 May 2019, 20:18 UTC
# Rider Num Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dean Harrison 2 Silicone Engineering Kawasaki 17:28.610
2 Conor Cummins 1 Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda 17:40.425
3 James Hillier 5 Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki Kawasaki 17:40.536
4 Michael Dunlop 6 Tyco BMW BMW 17:50.110
5 Michael Rutter 8 Bathams Racing Honda 17:53.894
6 Jamie Coward 15 Prez Racing Yamaha 17:54.671
7 David Johnson Honda Racing Honda 17:56.339
8 Philip Crowe 14 Handtrans/NigelAppleyard/Agri Wash/Lee Jackson Air Con BMW 18:02.164
9 Ian Hutchinson 4 Honda Racing Honda 18:03.247
10 Daley Mathison 19 Penz13/SK Support BMW 18:05.119
Sunday 26 May 2019, 16:36 UTC
# Rider Num Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dean Harrison 2 Silicone Engineering Kawasaki 17:57.196
2 Michael Dunlop 6 MD Racing Honda 18:16.276
3 Conor Cummins 1 Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda 18:17.920
4 Jamie Coward 15 Prez Racing Yamaha 18:22.608
5 James Hillier 5 Quattro Plant Wicked Coatings Kawasaki Kawasaki 18:25.077
6 Gary Johnson 7 RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki 18:28.374
7 Lee Johnston 11 Ashcourt Racing Yamaha 18:32.922
8 Davey Todd 74 Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda 18:34.510
9 Sam West 13 DTR Cyclestore.co.uk by PRL Yamaha 18:42.218
10 Derek McGee 12 B&W / Diamond Edge Cutting Kawasaki 18:42.495
11 Ian Hutchinson 4 Honda Racing Honda 18:47.756
12 David Johnson Honda Racing Honda 18:55.336