David Johnson to make Classic TT debut in 2015

by Joshua Close

Australian rider, David Johnson, will take part in this year’s Classic TT after signing with Team York Suzuki/Big Dog Classic Racing.

The 31-year-old contend the Motorsport Merchandise Formula One race on-board a F1 1100cc Suzuki.

Despite never taking part in the Classic TT before, Johnson is more than familiar with the classic racing scene having had plenty of success in the Philip Island Classic Festival back in Australia.

Johnson has also found success on the Mountain Course of the Isle Of Man TT, winning the Newcomers Trophy back in 2010.

In the 2014 event, Johnson managed to finish in fourth place during the RL360o Superstock Race and also became the 18th fastest rider ever in the TT when he posted a speed of 129.128mph across the 37 and ¾ mile circuit.

On competing in the Classic TT for the first time, Johnson said: “I’ve been following the progress of the Classic TT the past two years and really wanted to be involved. I’ve done a lot of Classic racing in my career and I can’t wait to get out on the Mountain Circuit for the first time on something other than a modern Superbike.

“I’m really grateful to Kevin at Team York Suzuki for giving me the chance to ride what is obviously a very fast motorcycle having finished on the podium last time out. Hopefully I can get it back into the winner’s enclosure in 2015.”

Johnson’s team for the event, owned by former racer Kevin Pearson, finished third in last year’s race with Russ Mountford as their rider.

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