David Johnson seriously injured at Ulster GP
David Johnson crashed during a qualifying session at the Ulster GP overnight in damp conditions.
The South Australian was contesting the famous road race for Wilson Craig Honda when he lost the front, saved the slide, but then had nowhere to go and hit some barriers.
Johnon was transferred to hospital where he was diagnosed with a fractured vertebra but no nerve damage was believed to be sustained so Davo should make a swift and full recovery.
Unfortunately he also has a broken knee, multiple broken ribs and a broken left shoulder blade, so if not for the collapsed lung he would most certainly be doing some whinging! Davo will get that joke, but on a more serious note we hope those pain killers are working well and he is not in too much discomfort.
Michael Dunlop awon pole position for Saturday’s Superbike race. The Ballymoney rider’s 131.783 mph lap was enough to clinch the top spot ahead of Peter Hickman’s Kawasaki, while in the final session of the day Dunlop also took a win in the shortened Dundrod 150 Superbike race ahead of Bruce Anstey on the RCV Honda.
Among those was final qualifying for Saturday’s Supersport races, where it was Bruce Anstey who took pole position ahead of Ian Hutchinson, Conor Cummins and Dean Harrison.
The ‘flying Kiwi’ was on fine form, but there were a number of strong performances throughout the chasing pack including Paul Jordan in ninth and Derek McGee in eleventh.
In the Plant Lubrication NI Dundrod 150 races, the Lightweight class saw one of the closest battles of the day with Neil Kernohan crossing the line just 0.069 ahead of Saintfield’s Davy Morgan, followed by Paul Robinson in third.
Things weren’t so close in the Ultra-lightweight race however, where Christian Elkin took a dominant win over Sam Wilson and Derek McGee on the Joey’s Bar Hondas. Newcomer Gary Dunlop came home in fourth, ahead of Melissa Kennedy and Callum Laidlaw.
Next up was the Dundrod 150 Challenge race and it was David Jackson who finished just ahead of Dominic Herbertson and Mike Booth, with Sam West a respectable fourth on his Dundrod debut.
In the Dundrod 150 National race meanwhile, Graham Kennedy took the win. Glenn Walker, Sean Connolly, Gavin Lupton and Dean Campbell rounded out the top five in a huge field of over 60 bikes.