Lee Johnston delivered MV Agusta’s first Classic Mountain Course victory in more than 40 years


2014 - Classic Tourists Trophy Race on the Isle of Man

'The General' Lee Johnston gives the MV its first win on the IOM TT Course since Ago's win in 1972
It took 31 years in the making, 6 years of trying and finally, only 65 minutes to achieve.


"The Black Eagle has landed!"

An excerpt from the Belfast Telegraph: 'Lee Johnston obliterated the lap record as he took a stunning win in the three-lap OKells 350cc Classic TT.
On board a Black Eagle Racing MV Agusta, Johnston won by 45 seconds.
The diminutive Maguiresbridge man was third at the end of lap one behind Oversby and William Dunlop (Honda), all inside the old lap record, but by Glen Helen on lap two he relegated Dunlop to third and by the Bungalow he was in the lead, almost four seconds clear at the end of the lap with a new lap record of 105.239mph.
Many thought Johnston would have to pit for fuel, but he went straight through onto his last lap, racing to his first ever victory around the Mountain Circuit.'



Alan Oversby

Lee Johnston



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..and from the Isle of Man Today: "

Lee Johnston delivered iconic Italian marque MV Agusta’s first Mountain Course victory in more than 40 years in Tuesday’s delayed Okell’s 350cc Classic TT.

The Northern Irishman piloted the wonderful-sounding Black Eagle Racing prepared machine to a 45.303-second victory from Alan Oversby, setting a new lap record of 105.239mph (21m 30.666s) along the way as he rocketed to the top of charts.

Johnston finished the first lap of three in third after a slow start, but stormed back to take victory from Oversby who had set the early pace with Davies Motorsport Honda team-mate William Dunlop.

The latter was forced to retire on the final lap in Kirk Michael, allowing Roy Richardson to move his single-cylinder Aermacchi up into third and final podium position.

After the race a delighted Johnston said: ‘I’m over the moon - I just had so much fun for three laps. That little bike is awesome!’ "



..and finally, from Crash.net:

"Lee Johnston shattered the lap record as the Northern Ireland rider blitzed the opposition to win the Okell's 350cc Classic TT.
In sunny but breezy conditions, Johnston came through to overhaul Alan Oversby (Davies Motorsport Honda) to take a commanding win on the Black Eagle Racing MV Agusta by 45.3 seconds after three laps.
Johnston set a new lap record on his second lap at 105.239mph as he turned the screw on his way to his first ever victory around the Mountain Course.
Oversby and team-mate William Dunlop made the early running on lap one but Johnston was on the move and had slotted into second place by the time they reached Glen Helen on the second lap, almost seven seconds behind Oversby.
The gap was down to 2.4 seconds at Ramsey but Johnston hit the front for the first time at the Bungalow and pulled away afterwards to open a dominant lead as he smashed Chris Palmer's 2013 lap record.
His advantage was up to 9.9 seconds on the final lap at Glen Helen from Oversby, with Dunlop 14 seconds further back. Roy Richardson, Saturday's 500cc race winner Ian Lougher and Jamie Hamilton were next.
Dunlop's race ended at Kirk Michael on the final lap but Johnston was firmly in control at this point, his advantage now 22 seconds at Ramsey.
He stretched away further over the Mountain to take his first victory on the infamous circuit from Oversby, with Richardson, Lougher, Jamie Hamilton and Chris Swallow the top six.



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Lee Johnston receives his prize from legendary racer Brian Reid




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In 2016, the Black Eagle Racing Team repeated their success in this race. Same bike, different rider

Lee Johnston delivered Italian marque MV Agusta’s first Mountain Course victory in more than 4 decades

Lee Johnston wins the first Mountain Course victory in more than 40 years