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Lee Johnston sure luck will change as he chases a Supersport Isle of Man TT success

By Paul Lindsay

Lee Johnston will be looking to fly under the radar and possibly sneak onto the Monster Energy Supersport Race two podium at the Isle of Man TT.

The Fermanagh rider, like the majority of his peers, has had to play second best to Michael Dunlop and Ian Hutchinson in this TT, with both men in imperious form.

Dunlop won the opening day TT Superbike race on Saturday and Hutchinson recorded a Supersport and Superstock TT double on Monday - the latter for Moneymore-based Tyco BMW.

Having retired from fourth place in Monday's Superstock race and ridden through some problems in the opening Supersport encounter, 27-year-old Johnston is hoping for lady luck to shine today.

"I had an oil leak from the off in Monday's Supersport race and, if I'm honest, it fried my head a bit," said Johnston of his East Coast Racing 675 Triumph, which he nursed to seventh place.

"It's all about finding a rhythm around here and Monday's Superstock race was the first time I'd really done that," explained Johnston, who was in fourth place after two blistering laps of 129.9mph and 130.5mph on his BMW S1000RR. Sadly his engine expired at Sulby crossroads on the third lap of four.

Now fully focused on today's Supersport race two, the Maguiresbridge ace added: "I want to push on today and challenge for the podium - that's the plan anyway.

"I love the first section of the circuit and the Mountain, but struggle on the bumpy stuff. Maybe I'm just too small," was how he signed off.

Michael Dunlop will be out to avenge the embarrassment of disqualification from Monday's TT Supersport race one.

The Ballymoney man was unquestionably without fault when a component in an engine supplied by Mar-Train Racing was deemed to be illegal. He was duly stripped of his second place.

Hutchinson took his third consecutive TT Supersport race win in Monday's encounter for the Came Yamaha squad and the now 13-time TT winner looks almost unbeatable.

He will be confident of taking TT win number 14, which would put him on the same number as the late, great Mike Hailwood.

But this is the TT: the most demanding and sometimes brutally cruel 37.73-miles of racing tarmac in the world.

The Supersport class kicks off the action (10.45am) and is followed by the Lightweight TT (1.45pm). Wrapping up the action will be the TT Zero electric bike race over one lap (4.25pm).

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