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TT2012: Gary Johnson revelling in Island challenge
30 May 2012
Lincolnshire's Gary Johnson can't get enough of the spectacular Isle of
Man TT Mountain Course.
Johnson, who is riding in the Superbike and Senior races for Clive
Padgett this year, says nothing compares to the buzz of riding the most
legendary road racing circuit in the world.
He broke his duck at the TT a year ago with victory in the second
Supersport race and Johnson wants to experience the same high again on
the Island next week.
"The TT is massive and obviously I'm doing the World Endurance
Championship this year as part of the Honda TT Legends team," he said.
"I've had a lot of miles on the bike and I've also been riding in the
British championship, which I really enjoy, but nothing compares to the
"It's the ultimate and it's just the best course in the world without a
doubt. The buzz you get from riding around at the TT is unlike no other,"
added Johnson, who competes for the Samsung Honda team in the Metzeler
National Superstock 1000 series.
"You've got two weeks and then you're not back for another year, so
you've got to make it count."
Johnson will ride his own CBR600RR Honda in the Supersport class in
addition to the Padgetts Superbike and will also compete for Honda in
the TT Legends colours on a Fireblade in the Superstock race.
"Obviously I'm on board with Clive Padgett this year on the Superbike.
They've done all the work on the bike in the workshop getting the bikes
ready and I've just been working on my fitness and getting my diet
right," he said.
"Riding Hondas isn't a new thing for me and I've had most of my success
on Hondas. Clive runs the most successful Honda team in the present day and he
knows what he's doing.
"I'm more than happy to just jump on that bike and ride it," added
Johnson, whose team-mate in Padgett's famous rainbow livery is Bruce
"I know that whatever Clive's suggesting is going to be 99.9 per cent
"It's a matter of getting the bikes adjusted for me and if Clive has got
a bike that Bruce [Anstey] is happy with, then I'll definitely be happy
with it as well."
Johnson has total faith in the machinery at his disposal, but he is under no illusions over the size of the task he faces as he attempts to
secure his second TT success.
"Hopefully I'll be able to add to the tally, but I'm not the only one
and all the rest of the lads are looking to do the same.
"I think it's going to be one of the toughest years yet and the level of
competition in every class is strong," said Johnson.
"I've got really strong bikes under me this year so I think I'm more
than capable of standing on the rostrum again.
"Bruce says he focusing on the Superbike race, so that's bad news for
the rest of us!"