Lincolnshire lad Gary Johnson heads to the Isle of Man in good spirits after a strong pre-season test.
The GBmoto Racing Kawasaki rider will be competing in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior races for the team.
The team’s pre-season testing programme saw Kawasaki Racing Engineer Ichiro Yoda build Superbike and Superstock specification Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10Rs and this hard work enabled the team to immediately qualify in second place at their road racing debut at the North West 200. However, inclement weather and minor machine troubles plagued race day. Despite this, the team were still able to further develop both motorcycles and head to the iconic Isle of Man TT confident of a strong showing in all three races.
Johnson said: “This is it, the big one! The Isle of Man TT is the event that everything else is built around and these two weeks are really the main focus for the year. Heading over this year with a factory team like GBmoto means I’m in a really good shape and can focus on riding, rather than preparing the machines myself.
“If we just look at the results, then the North West 200 doesn’t look very successful, but the truth is we were able to really improve both the Superbike and Superstock machine. We head to the Isle of Man with two motorcycles that handle incredibly, are very stable and have more than enough power so I’m confident that we’ll be able to be challenging for some good results.
“Obviously the TT is a different course to anything else in the world, so we’ll still have a fair bit of work to do during practice to get the bikes up to speed – but that’s the same for all of the guys who are heading over this year on new machines. We’re in a very strong place and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve over the next fortnight!”
Arguably one of the most iconic motorsport events in the world, the 37 ¾ mile TT course sees rider’s race around closed public roads against the clock, setting an average speed of over 130mph.
Opening practice begins on Monday 1 June, with the Superbike race held on June 6, Superstock on June 8 and the Senior closing the festivities on June 12.