TT 2023: Davo Time, Quick Catch Up With The Adelaide Ace

TT 2023: Davo Time, Quick Catch Up With The Adelaide Ace

On commentating duties last year, David ‘Davo’ Johnson is back in his usual TT role this year, racing the fabled, mythical Mountain Course.

Yesterday afternoon, Road Racing News caught up with the Adelaide ace, gaining his thoughts on a variety of subjects beginning with how practice, opening qualifying went on Monday.

“It was good, steady away, first went out on the 600 it was brand new, so had to run it in a bit, run the engine in.

Then came in and got on the big bike, then just rode around, the warm-up laps, the practice laps had problems in both of them.

Had to pull fix the issues then carry on but that was not an issue because it was non timed.”

“Did two laps in timed practice on the 600 and one lap on the superstock bike and was happy enough with that.

The times were not that fast, I know I could have gone quicker, didn’t want to push the issue, because we did six laps, lot of laps (seven laps).”

Monday practice, qualifying sessions marked Johnson’s first outing aboard the C&L Fairburn Properties by Jackson Racing CBR600RR Honda.

Speaking about this, the 2019 Superbike Classic TT winner stated:

“Was going to do some testing at Jurby but it was closed so, first ride was down Bray Hill with a brand-new engine.

Felt good straightaway, once got into the swing of it, just got to learn how to throw it in, go fast in the corners cause it’s actually fast to be fair for a 600, fastest I’ve ever ridden.

Definitely aiming for a top ten, maybe top six on that, that’s my goal.”

Like various racers, complimentary about the resurfacing on the TT course, he said:

“Sulby straight is nice and relaxing now, Tower Bends is like a fricking short circuit now! Used to be hard to hold constant throttle now it’s smooth as silk.

Little places like that, loads of them that’s why speeds are going to be so high this year and the weather’s going to play a big part in that as well.”

When asked about how he’s getting on with the Jackson Racing squad, he issued nothing but praise, positivity.

“I’ve known all the guys for a long time, so was an easy fit really. The guys are so professional and I’ve borrowed Lee Johnston’s top guys as well, we all wish Lee the best.

His lads were going to come anyway so we just asked them if they wanted to help us, if I could borrow them off Lee, just for a year, until he gets better.

So, we’ve got Roger and Mark, thanks to Lee for that so the team has grown with the experience, everyone that’s here is an experienced TT mechanic, it’s all working out really well.”

Eight fastest on Tuesday night’s Superbike qualifying times sheet, thanks to a best lap of 17:48.714 seconds (127.095 mph), he is optimistic that podiums are potentially on the horizon during race week.

“I’d like to stand on the podium in at least one race, that would be a good TT for me, just going to ride the best I can and smooth and as consistent as I can.”

Photo credit: Mark Corlett

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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