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Supersport blues for Valmoto MV Agusta

Despite positive practice sessions and continuous progression throughout the week with the set up of the MV Agusta F3 675, disappointment came when a faulty tip-off switch – designed to cut the engine in the event of a crash – caused Johnson to return to the pits and watch race one from the sidelines. Johnson happened to be flat out on the run down to Metropole in 6th gear, and running in 6th place, when the switch started to malfunction.

Thursday had started positively with Johnson 3rd in the second qualifying session in tricky wet conditions and ahead of eventual Supersport race winner Alastair Seeley. This position meant the team were positive for a good race position, especially after the heavens opened just before the start and a wet race was declared.

Team Owner, Jack Valentine, said: “We’ve had such a positive week and the bike has been developing in leaps and bounds. We had found a great set up and the conditions were in our favour because Gary had been riding so well in the wet. The team had done a great job with the bike and some of the problems we had encountered earlier in the week had been rectified. Last night the team were extremely frustrated that such a small part can change a possible good outcome, but after sleeping on it everyone is ready for the race on Saturday and we are feeling very positive."

Gary Johnson said: “I am really happy with the bike and the handling, so it’s a shame that the tip switch went but onwards and upwards. We are focusing on the race on Saturday now and looking forward to that. I think with the hard work that the team have done and getting more laps in on the bike, we have a great chance to get a good result.”