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Australian Roads Giant Johnson Signs For Honda

Joining the factory Honda Racing team for the first time alongside 16 times TT winner Ian Hutchinson, Australia’s fastest Mountain Course exponent David Johnson will embark upon a fresh, exciting new challenge in 2019 with the iconic Japanese brand.

Confirmed to compete on works CBR 1000RR SP2 Fireblade machinery at the North West 200 and TT Races, the affable, laidback, hugely respected Johnson is ultra enthused about his maiden International roads tenure with Honda.

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Speaking recently about his new challenge for 2019, which will see him have a new crew chief in the form of ex national, International road racer Darren Gilpin, ‘Davo’ stated:

“I am really happy to join the Honda Racing team for this season. Over the years they have been incredibly successful on the roads and won a lot at the TT; I feel that I will gel with the Fireblade, so I’m very excited to get started and ride the bikes.

With Hutchy getting fitter from his injuries I think we’ll work together well, and I will have some great people around me in the team. I can’t wait to get back to the UK and start testing!”

Commenting on adding the Australian roads giant to Honda’s roads line up for 2019, Honda Racing Team Manager Jonny Twelvetrees stated:

“I’m really pleased to have ‘Davo’ with the team for this season, he’s been a strong contender since his debut in 2010 and I know it won’t be long before he’s on the TT podium.

He had a good season last year with two 4th places at the TT and a podium at the Ulster, so I’m excited to see what he can do on the Fireblade this year.”

Words by Stevie Rial