Broughton rider Johnson bids for Isle of Man TT treble

Broughton rider Gary Johnson is bidding for a third TT win EMN-150106-102727002
Broughton rider Gary Johnson is bidding for a third TT win EMN-150106-102727002

Gary Johnson has put his misfortune at the NW200 behind him as he prepares his bid for a third Isle of Man TT victory on the Mountain course next week.

Johnson, from Broughton, near Brigg, was forced out of the Superbike and Superstock races at the NW200 with technical problems on the GBmoto Kawasaki machines, but he gleaned plenty of positives from the event and is in a confident frame of mind for the TT.

His Isle of Man odyssey began last weekend with practice ahead of the first race which is scheduled for Saturday when Johnson will take part in the six-lap Superbike race, starting at 11am.

Johnson sealed his second TT victory last year in the first of two Supersport races before a heavy crash in the Superstock race caused him to miss the remainder of the 2014 festival.

“This is the big one,” he said. “The Isle of Man TT is the event that everything else is built around and these two weeks are the main focus of the year for me.

“I am riding with a factory team this year and being with GBmoto means I am in a really good shape and can focus on riding rather than preparing the bikes myself.

“If I look at the result sheets then the NW200 doesn’t look very successful, but the truth is we were able to really improve both the Superbike and Superstock machines.

“Obviously the TT is a different course to anything else in the world so we still have a fair bit of work to do during practice to get the bikes up to speed.

“We are in a very strong place and I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve.”

Johnson is gearing up for a busy few weeks on the island.

He will also contest the Supersport races during the event for Northern Ireland’s Martrain Racing team on a Yamaha R6, as well the Lightweight class where he will ride for WK Bikes on a works-backed CF650i.