Ryan Farquhar’s vastly successful KMR Kawasaki team has secured the services of four of pure road racing’s, most respected and high profile competitors for the Bennetts Lightweight race at TT 2019.
Runner up in last years Bennetts Lightweight race, Derek McGee alongside forming part of KMR’s North West 200 challenge, will also pilot one of the outfits proven, ultra competitive Kawasaki’s on the Mountain Course in late May, early June.
Established as a specialist of Super Twins machinery, it wouldn’t at all be a surprise if this summer sees Mullingar’s McGee go one step better from 2018, and claim a maiden TT victory.
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Joining the reigning Duke Road Race Rankings champion as part of the four strong KMR team for TT 2019, include outfit returnee Michael Rutter.
A North West 200 winner with KMR, he’s consistently been in contention for Lightweight class success, since the class returned to the TT race schedule in 2012.
Team mate, fellow anticipated class front runner Lee Johnston, like Rutter has impressed and some in recent times aboard Super Twins machinery.
Currently carrying a TT CV that includes three rostrum finishes, there’s no question that ‘General Lee’ has the talent, ability, growing Mountain Course experience to contend strongly this June for Lightweight class honours.
Same notion is applicable to the fourth member of KMR Kawasaki’s all star team, two time Supersport TT winner Gary Johnson.
Synonymous in recent years with the respected China based CF Moto brand, TT 2019 will mark Johnson’s first tenure aboard Kawasaki’s world famous ER6 mount.
Like new team mates Johnston, Rutter and McGee, he’s another strong contender this June for class honours, within what’s set to be a quite gripping four lap Bennetts Lightweight race.
Words by Stevie Rial