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TT 2019: Johnson Looking Forward To TT Return After Character Building North West 200

After a character building, ultra challenging time at the North West 200, leading Australian International Road Racer David Johnson is hugely looking forward to returning to Manx shores, for his eighth TT Races voyage.

Adelaide’s Johnson who scooped leading newcomer spoils at TT 2010, has since developed into a top calibre, dependable, consistent Mountain Course exponent.

Fourth in last June’s RST Superbike TT, the affable, laid back Johnson whilst for some a non contender for podium finishes, shouldn’t be underestimated, and it wouldn’t surprise various roads insiders, aficionados if next month sees him join the TT podium finishers fraternity.

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Reflecting on last weeks FonaCAB International North West 200 In Association With Nicholl Oils, plus looking ahead to TT 2019 with the factory Honda Racing outfit, he stated via

“After a bit of a disaster at the North West 200, I am now very much looking forward to the TT.

I had a nasty crash in Qualifying at the NW in the Supersport class and it put me out of the races, but before that we were making progress and getting some good data with all machines.

I am still pretty bruised up, but I will be 100% on the bikes when we get going this weekend. I’ve not ridden these bikes at the TT before, but they’re going to be good fun I think and I just want to get going now.”

The third place finisher in the feature Superbike race of last August’s Ulster Grand Prix, went onto add:

“Coming from the NW200, which did not go to plan for us, it makes you want to race even more and I really can’t wait for the first night of practice, and that tap on my shoulder!

Last year I was so close to the podium and this year I am fully looking towards that. The guys in the team have worked so hard in the pre-season and also at the North West.

So I really want to be able to reward them and also myself standing up there, on the rostrum. So during the practice week it’ll be head down, focus and get fully prepared to go racing.”

Words by Stevie Rial