TT REWIND: 2011 SUPERSPORT RACE 2

Conditions for the second Supersport Race of 2011 were far from ideal with damp patches around the course. Many of the leading protagonists expressed their desire for the race to be postponed, particularly as the threat of further rain remained. However, when the flag dropped they all took their place on the grid.

Due to the conditions, many of the riders were circulating at a slightly reduced pace, but Michael and William Dunlop were in a race of their own. By the start of the second lap, a group of four riders – John McGuinness, Guy Martin, Cameron Donald and Keith Amor – were all running together on the road.

Unbeknown to them, a sudden rain shower had hit 3 miles in at the Union Mills section of the course and as they tipped into the right hander by the Railway Inn, both Martin and Donald had huge slides which they were lucky to get away with.

McGuinness’s experience meant he’d sensed the danger and eased off sufficiently, but Amor wasn’t so lucky and down he went, his Honda clattering into the safety bales in front of the village Post Office. He escaped injury and it was little surprise that the red flag came out soon afterwards and the race was stopped.

Conditions were far better for the re-run the next day where Gary Johnson grabbed a maiden TT victory ahead of McGuinness and Martin. A bruised Amor took a gritty fourth.