DOMINIC Herbertson bagged his maiden Southern 100 victory this evening after a frantic last lap battle with Rob Hodson in the Mike Kerruish Plumbing 250/650cc race.
Dafabet Devitt’s stand-in rider Herbertson beat KTS-powered Hodson by a mere two hundredths of a second – the sixth closest finish in Southern 100 history – but it was bad luck for Jamie Coward who lost the front a few laps in and crashed out of the lead.
Hodson stormed off the line ahead of pole-sitter Coward as Herbertson slotted into second, but by the time they turned past Cross Four Ways, Coward had already made a break on his KTS Racing machine.
The Yorkshireman had just under two seconds to spare at the end of lap one, but just behind a battle was heating up as Herbertson slipped past Hodson to take over the runner-up spot.
Coward’s race came to an end moments later, however, as he was reported to be okay after an off at Church Bends, leaving Herbertson in the lead just 0.287sec ahead of Hodson at the half-way mark.
KTS rider Hodson narrowed his deficit to 0.022sec as they began the final lap and found a way through as he slid into Cross Four Ways, but Herbertson powered back ahead over the finish line to win by a hair-splitting 0.020sec – the sixth closest finish in Southern 100 history.
Back in a distant third, Gordon Huxley Racing’s Jonathan Perry crossed the line third.
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