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Redmayne dedicates Manx triumph to tragic Lawson

By Paul Lindsay

Published 03/09/2015

Billy Redmayne at Ballaugh Bridge during qualifying for the 2015 Manx Grand Prix
Billy Redmayne at Ballaugh Bridge during qualifying for the 2015 Manx Grand Prix

Manxman Billy Redmayne added to his 2014 Newcomers victory by winning yesterday's Mylchreest Motors Junior Race at the IMGold Manx Grand Prix on board a Martin Bullock Racing Honda.

Redmayne, who crashed during Monday's practice session, was pushed all the way by his main adversary from 12 months ago, Malachi Mitchell-Thomas - the 19-year-old was just 1.8 seconds behind after three laps and 113 miles of racing.

Rob Hodgson was third on the PRF Racing Suzuki.

After taking the victory, Redmayne shared his relief at being able to compete and dedicated his victory to last year's Junior MGP race winner Andy Lawson, who tragically lost his life at the recent Ulster Grand Prix.

"I didn't think I'd be here after Monday's practice, but I'd like to dedicate this win as a tribute to Andy Lawson," said 24-year-old Redmayne.

After a frustrating delay due to yet more rain and mist on the Isle of Man, the Junior race, reduced to three laps, finally got under way at 1.00pm.

New Zealander Michael Moulai, who finished runner-up in last year's Senior Manx Grand Prix, was an early retirement when he slid off the course at Braddan.

He was taken to Nobles Hospital for a precautionary check up.

Ian Armstrong was another to go out on lap one when he came off at Glen Tramman.

The Yorkshire rider was taken by helicopter to hospital for treatment on possible multiple fractures.

Second-placed Mitchell-Thomas had the consolation of breaking Tommy Clucas' 2004 Junior lap record with his lap of 120.565mph - making him only the seventh 120mph member.

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