Lee Johnston added to KMR Kawasaki’s TT line-up

by Joshua Close

Lee Johnston is the latest name to join up with the KMR Kawasaki/ SGS International team for this year’s Isle Of Man TT.

The 26-year-old will compete in the Bikenation.co.uk Lightweight TT Race and will one of the favourites having already won both the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix in his so-far impressive road-racing career.

Johnston will be joined by KMR Kawasaki’s team owner, Ryan Farquhar, former Moto3 rider Danny Webb and 23-year-old Connor Behan.

Farquhar, who is a three-time TT Race winner, recently announced that he will return to action in the 1000cc classes on-board a ZX-10R Kawasaki.

He will compete in the RST Superbike, PokerStars Senior and RL360o Superstock Races, and is also expected to join Johnston in the Lightweight race.

Following the confirmation of his rider line-up, Farquhar said: “I’m really excited about this year’s TT. I’m putting a lot into my own on track efforts this year and that is a priority for me, but I am also excited to be working with three of the brightest prospects in the sport in Lee Johnston, Danny Webb and Connor Behan. Lee has shown his class for a few years now and is ready to make the big breakthrough and we are delighted to have him on one of our Kawasaki 650’s for the Lightweight TT where he will start as one of the favourites.”

Former Moto3 star, Danny Webb, will compete at the TT for the second successive year having impressed during his debut outing in 2014.

The 23 year-old finished in 13th place in the Lightweight race and also picked up three bronze replicas in the 1000c races, lapping close to 121mph in the process. He will once again compete in the Lightweight Event at this year’s event.

On Webb, Farquhar said: “Danny is a truly world class rider and was a joy to work with last year. He showed straight away how talented he is with a very strong TT debut and I am pleased we are able to work together again in his second year.”

The trio will be joined by Northwich-based Behan, who also made his debut at last year’s event – picking up a ninth place finish in the Lightweight Race.

Behan also secured the 2014 Irish Road Race Supertwin Championship, as well as earning bronze replicas in the two TT Supersport Races.

Farquhar added: “Connor has a lot of natural talent and I was very impressed by how well he did at the TT last year. I am sure he will build on that this time around and will continue to progress further up the leader board. He is still very young but he has the makings of a great TT career ahead of him.”

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