TT 2022: Jordan ‘blown away’ by maiden podium

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Paul Jordan became the latest rider to grace the Isle of Man TT Races podium when third place in Wednesday’s Supertwin race gave the 31-year old his maiden rostrum finish. The result was one better than the fourth place he took in the 2019 Lightweight race.

Seventh at the end of lap one, after lapping at 115.543mph, the PreZ Racing Kawasaki rider moved up to fifth on lap two and closed to within 2.4s of the Paton of Frenchman Pierre Yves Bian.

However, the Magherafelt rider, a former race winner in the 125cc British Championship, put the hammer down on the third and final lap of the 37.73-mile Mountain Course with a lap of 117.643mph helping him turn the deficit into a 6.9s advantage.

“No words can describe how I’m feeling,” the Ulsterman said afterwards. “I’m literally blown away. It was windy over the Mountain and hard to pull sixth gear but I knew it was tight for third so kept my head down and kept chipping away.

“I wasn’t sure who it was I was battling for third with and I nearly lost the front at Governor’s Bridge on the final lap so to finish third is incredible. I’m lost for words.”

It’s been an eventful race week for Jordan having hit a bird along the Sulby Straight during the morning warm up lap ahead of the Superbike race. He had to get medical clearance to ride only to retire in the race and then got hit with a 30s penalty for speeding in pitlane during Monday’s Supersport race.

However, he managed to finish 11th in the race and then set a new personal best lap of 125.690mph on his way to finishing 15th in the Superstock race.