Had Davey Todd not been affected by problems with Dunlop tyres, the Milenco by Padgetts rider could well have walked away from last week’s North West 200 with the Man of the Meeting award as he was superb across the two days of racing.
Having started the season strongly in the Pirelli National Superstock Championship, currently sitting in fourth overall, Todd took four second-place finishes from the four races he finished in Northern Ireland to further cement his place as one of the hottest properties in road racing right now.
Whether wet or dry, the 26-year old disputed the race wins and could have won any of the Superbike, Supersport or Superstock races. Indeed, while the latter two classes were expected to give him his best results, some may not have predicted he’d be the one to challenge Glenn Irwin the most in the Superbike category, the gap between the two at the end of the six laps just 0.253s after Irwin nosed ahead coming out of the Metropole on the final lap.
“I didn’t think I’d be battling for the Superbike win as I’ve only had two days on the bike,” he said afterwards. “But I felt competitive straightaway so big thanks to the Padgetts team for giving me such a great bike.”
As always, the Padgetts bikes ran faultlessly in all of the races and Todd looked on course to repeat his Supersport success of 2019 when he led Saturday’s corresponding race on the final lap, having set a new lap record as he fought back from a spot of grass tracking earlier in proceedings.
However, Johnston had other ideas and squeezed by at the Juniper Chicane with Todd having to settle for second once more by the smaller margin of 0.079s
“It was great fun and second place again which was a bit disappointing but you can’t not smile after a race like that,” he said. “We were back and forth all race and I tried to defend as much as I could as I knew Lee would be strong along the coast road. I was 50/50 about whether or not I should lead along there on the final lap but I like to lead races and felt strong on track so fair play to him for finding his way by.”
Having finished second in Thursday’s wet Superstock race, Todd was also in contention for the win in Saturday’s corresponding race when conditions were perfect. Having set another new lap record, he was denied a potential victory when his front tyre shed a chunk of rubber, smashing the front mudguard in the process, and forcing him to retire.
With Dunlop tyres advising all their riders to withdraw from the final Superbike race, that would prove to be Todd’s last outing of the day but he’ll head to the Isle of Man TT in confident mood where a maiden podium is most certainly on the cards.