Manx Grand Prix: Andy Lawson victorious in Junior Manx Grand Prix

Andy Lawson (Suzuki) on his way to winning the Junior Manx Grand Prix
Andy Lawson (Suzuki) on his way to winning the Junior Manx Grand Prix

Scottish rider Andy Lawson clinched victory in the Junior Manx Grand Prix on Wednesday on a day to forget for Rob Hodson.

Wigan rider Hodson had held a healthy lead in the race until he encountered an issue during his pit stop and in the end Lawson took the win by 12 seconds from newcomer Billy Redmayne. Irish rider Andy Farrell finished on the rostrum in third.

Hodson had opened a lead of 12.6 seconds at the halfway point of the race but saw his hopes evaporate due to a refuelling problem in the pits, dropping to eighth.

Lawson capitalised to sew up victory in dry but windy conditions on the Isle of Man and revealed afterwards he had collided with a bird on the Mountain section of the 37.73-mile course.

“The wind was a big issue and there were a swarms of birds,” he said. “I think I hit a few near Brandywell but I’m delighted to win.”

The luckless Hodson recovered to finish fourth and at the finish was only nine seconds behind Farrell in third.

Redmayne, who won the Newcomers race on Tuesday evening from Malachi-Mitchell Thomas and Shane Egan, set the fastest lap of the race on the final lap at 119.062mph.

Hodson was again out of luck as he ran out of fuel at the end of lap two in the Supertwins race, which was won by James Neesom by almost 29 seconds from Farrell, with Callum Callister finishing third.

Gary Gittins had been leading by 27 seconds when he came off at Ballagarey on the fourth and final lap. He was reported as conscious and was treated at the scene.