After the success of David Johnson’s maiden TT podium yesterday, today’s blue riband event of the Senior TT was ultimately a frustrating affair for Honda Racing.
Under increasingly brooding albeit rain-free skies, the six-lap Senior got underway at 1015h local time, and Davo soon settled himself into a strong 6th position. By Ballaugh Bridge on the opening lap, the popular Aussie was up to 5th on the #9 CBR1000RR Fireblade as he set about fighting through the field, much like he did yesterday to reach the podium.
After an impressive opening lap of 130.98mph, disappointment struck at the end of lap two when a vibration caused the crank position sensor to fail, shutting down the bike and forcing to Davo to retire.
He leaves the TT with his head held high though having tasted the champagne with his Superstock podium.
Having elected to sit out the Superstock race yesterday to focus on the Senior whilst recovering from his crash last week, Hutchy battled on in last night’s qualifying and to start the Senior. Not feeling fully fit he gave the race his best shot, but after two laps he entered the pits and retired.
On the Milenco by Padgett’s Motorcycles Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade Conor Cummins took third, and aboard the Bathams Racing Honda RC213V-S, Michael Rutter came home 7th.