Hoping to increase his present total of six International road race successes, the ever cheerful Lee Johnston is firmly optimistic that he can challenge for race wins at next months MCE Insurance Ulster Grand Prix.
Third within the feature Superbike race of May’s Vauxhall International North West 200, the following two weeks competition at TT 2018 proved challenging for works Honda racer Johnston, who’s leading results from his seventh TT Races campaign were a brace of top six finishes within the RST Superbike, opening Monster Energy Supersport races.
Candidly reflecting on TT 2018, plus looking ahead to competition at Dundrod, he stated recently:
“It’s no secret that we struggled at the TT. We had a few mechanical problems and although the results weren’t disastrous, it wasn’t where we wanted to be.
We definitely enjoyed a good North West and I am keen to bring us back to that form at Dundrod. The point of racing is to win so my mindset when I approach a race like the Ulster is always about a first on that podium.
I’ve had big results in Dundrod in the past and it is without doubt my favourite circuit. I love the flowing nature and natural form of the track and when you find a good rhythm on it, it makes for really enjoyable racing.”
Adding that the ever ultra competitive Supersport class, may well provide him with his best chance for Ulster GP success next month, Padgetts Honda mounted Johnston stated:
“I think the Supersport class may provide us with our best chance at a win. Obviously it’s Padgett’s so it’s a proven package with Bruce Anstey clocking up a lot of race wins on it.”
Photo by Rod Neill
Realistic in terms of his chances for Superstock honours, but more confident if the sweet spot is hit with the SP2 Fireblade of contending for big bike spoils, the Honda Racing rider who will be joined in the factory outfit at Dundrod by former lap record holder Ian Hutchinson, stated:
“The Superstock bike just isn’t fast enough for this circuit but if we get everything right on the day with the Superbike, we will be in definite contention for a win.”
Words by Stevie Rial