The GBmoto Kawasaki team are ready to make their first appearance on the famous Mountain Course at the 2015 Isle of Man TT.
The team made their road racing debut at the North West 200 earlier this month with their rider, Gary Johnson, suffering from mechanical issues in both the Superbike and Superstock events.
Despite the disappointment of retiring from both races, Johnson showed the team’s potential by qualifying in second place for the Superbike event.
Johnson will be competing in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior events at this year’s event and he is confident that he can challenge at the front on the Kawasaki.
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.”
The team left the NW200 having gained more road racing experience and they were able to further develop both machines ahead of the IOMTT.
Team Manager, Mike Kane, said: “The Isle of Man TT is a biking mecca, and to be heading over to compete as a factory supported Kawasaki team is something we are very proud to be doing. We’ve had an extensive testing programme that allowed us to develop two motorcycles capable of challenging for podiums and I’m confident that we’ll see Gary up there throughout all three races.
“The entire GBmoto team has worked incredibly hard across the winter and the last few months to get to this point, so I would like to thank them for their effort and hopefully by the end of the fortnight we can all celebrate some successful results from our debut TT!”
The first practice sessions at this year’s event for TT regulars takes place on Monday June 1, with the first Superbike race scheduled to take place on Saturday June 6.