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David Johnson to make Isle of Man TT debut

British championship racer David Johnson will make his Isle of Man TT debut in 2010.
Australian star David Johnson, who raced for the Maxxis team in the 2009 British Superbike Championship, has confirmed he will move into road racing this year.

The 28-year-old, who has been competing in the UK since 2002, said racing at the Isle of Man TT is a long-held ambition.

He said:

“I've always been aware of the TT Races and it has been an ambition of mine to compete at the biggest road race in the world.”

“I'd hoped to make my debut in 2009, but my BSB commitments ruled me out so it's great to be able to take part at last. I know people like Guy Martin, Conor Cummins and of course Cameron (Donald) really well and will be hoping to pick up as many tips from them as possible.”

“I am also working hard at learning the circuit at the moment. The TT is a huge challenge, but I'm really looking forward to it and am confident of giving a good account of myself.”

The Adelaide rider started out in the British Juniorstock series, dicing with the likes of Tom Sykes and Cal Crutchlow, before working his way through the British Superstock ranks. Johnson recorded a best finish of seventh overall in 2005. He also took second in the 2006 Dutch Superbike Championship before moving into the BSB arena, first with the PR Branson team and then with Team Maxxis.

In the last two seasons he has notched up numerous top 15 finishes, with his best result, ninth, coming at last year's Mallory Park round.

He will make his TT debut riding for the Mick Charnock-managed DP Coldplaning team, which backed fellow Aussie Cameron Donald in his debut year in 2005.

TT Rider Liaison Officer Richard 'Milky' Quayle said:

“Dave's a really talented rider and we're delighted that he's finally confirmed to race at the TT.”

“He's got a good racing brain and I think he'll make a real impact at the TT and will hopefully build a long career.”

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David Johnson - Maxxis Adept Yamaha [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.

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Raceface - Unregistered

February 12, 2010 12:41 PM

It is good news, another BSB runner entering theTT. T just hope he takes his time given the amount of accidents he has had on the short circuits. No room for error there.

Patrick - Unregistered

February 13, 2010 9:29 AM

I'm always worried for circuit riders coming over to the roads, but then Steve Plater has done exceptionally well, reigning in his circuit instincts and proving to be a smooth and stylish road racer (not to mention bloody quick!). Steve took his time and got some good quality machinery with him. I guess this lad'll be busy on the Playstation for a while!

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