David Johnson sets third fastest time in Honda TT Superbike qualifying

It’s been a disruptive week on the Isle of Man for the 2019 TT races, with just two qualifying sessions going ahead in seven days. The Honda Racing team with Ian Hutchinson and David Johnson have been patiently waiting for the sun to shine and today there was action again around the Mountain course, where Johnson set the third fastest time in the Superbike class, aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2.

Since last Saturday (25 May) only three sessions have been held, one of them being the Supersport/Lightweight/Newcomer last Sunday. In Tuesday’s first scheduled session Johnson impressed with his pace and was amongst the quickest in the Superbike and Superstock class – a feat the Australian was able to repeat today with a third place in the Superbike qualifying, posting a time of 17:39.206 mins (128.236 mph). Johnson also was quick on the Honda CBR600RR, posting the ninth fastest time in the Supersport class.

Teammate Hutchinson suffered a crash in Tuesday’s practice session at the 11th Milestone – the 16-time TT winner was left uninjured after the fall. This afternoon ‘Hutchy’ went straight out on the Fireblade in the Superbike class, and ended the qualifying session aboard the CBR600RR strong; setting the sixth fastest time.

Tomorrow (Monday 3 June) will be the first race day of the 2019 TT races with the RST Superbike Race (4 laps) scheduled to go at 10:45, the Monster Energy Supersport TT Race (4 laps) will follow and is scheduled to go ahead at 18:30 (all times local).

Ian Hutchinson

Ian Hutchinson 4

I guess I’m the only person who wanted the time off with the weather to give me time after the crash, but I also really need time on all three bikes. The team built a brand new Superbike which is very different to what we had before, so only having the two laps today before the race tomorrow is disappointing as we probably need some more time, but with the weather delays there’s not much we can do. The CBR600RR is good and it was nice to get a feel back with the track although the conditions where far from perfect, fingers crossed for the race.

 Honda Racing
David Johnson

David Johnson 9

I actually didn’t feel fast today but the times back in the pits proved me wrong! It has been quite windy out there and coming on the Cronk-y-Voddy straight a guy had blown his engine directly in front of me and everything was covered in oil. Anyway, the Hondas are properly fast and I am feeling good out there, especially considering the small amount of practice time we have had this week. It would have been nice to get another lap or two, but if we are going to race tomorrow – no problem, I am looking forward to it and trying to give it my all.

 Honda Racing
Jonny Twelvetrees

Jonny Twelvetrees

Team Manager

It has been a really challenging week of practice, which has been far from ideal really. Conditions have been tough and also with Ian’s crash earlier in the week he could do with more time. But saying this you can always do with more time in racing. I’m happy for Davo, he has been going really well in the limited sessions we’ve had and setting the third fastest time on the Superbike is a great sign ahead of the races tomorrow! We are ready to go and looking forward to it, as I am sure all the fans are too who have been waiting patiently.

 Honda Racing

 Isle of Man TT

Snaefell Mountain Course, Isle of Man

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