Gary Johnson will race for Honda this year

ROAD race specialist Gary Johnson, from Broughton near Brigg, will ride for Louth-based Honda UK in the 2012 National Superstock championship.

His teammate will be Jason O’Halloran and with both riders being very experienced in the class they should be championship contenders.

TT star Johnson has been a regular front runner in both British Supersport and Superstock over the past few years, while O’Halloran was showing incredible promise at the start of 2011 - before injury forced him to sit out the rest of the season – and now returns fighting fit with a view to finishing what he started.

Johnson said: “It’s great to be joining such a successful team and I can’t wait to get on the new Fireblade, get testing and the get the new racing season underway.

“I think Jason and I will also be good for each other in that we’ll push each other, and I’m just looking forward to getting back to racing and also the whole team environment at Honda Racing which I know will be hard working but also good fun.”

Johnson will be contesting the Superstock championship in 2012 aboard the CBR1000RR Fireblade, which celebrates its 20th anniversary since conception of this iconic machine and racing legend back in 1992.

The team’s UK based winter testing programme starts in earnest in early 2012, ahead of the first race of the season from April 7–9 at Brands Hatch.

Prior to the announcement that Johnson has signed for Honda he was in Macau for the annual Macau GP.

Riding for the IGT Suzuki by TAS team, Johnson qualified in fifth position for the start of the City of Dreams 45th Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, which was delayed because of heavy rain.

The 3.8-mile circuit is reputed to be one of the most dangerous circuits in the world, but Johnson sailed through qualifying to start the race in the first wave of riders.

As the race progressed he moved up past John McGuinness to claim a fine fifth position, which he held to the chequered flag at the end of ten laps.