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Gary Johnson gives Ulster GP entry boost

'It's great to have Gary back at Dundrod and he'll ride a Superbike for Clive Padgett. Gary is a top rider and he'll be one of the big contenders at this year's Ulster Grand Prix' - Noel Johnston

Lincolsnhire's Gary Johnson hopes to secure Honda machinery for the Supersport and Superstock races at Saturday's McKinstry Skip Hire 90th anniversary Ulster Grand Prix.

The 30-year-old will join Dundrod outright lap record holder Bruce Anstey on a Clive Padgett-supplied Honda Fireblade for the superbike class, but has yet to tie down a ride in the remaining feature races on Saturday's programme.

Johnson is contracted to Honda this season and was originally a provisional entry at the Ulster Grand Prix due to his role in the Honda TT Legends Endurance World Championship team.

However, he was omitted from the team for the next round of the series at Oschersleben in Germany, which clashes with the 'Prix' this weekend.

Honda TT Legends riders John McGuinness and Cameron Donald will both miss the Dundrod showdown as a result of the date clash, with National Superstock competitor Jason O'Halloran replacing Johnson in the Legends set-up for the German round of the championship.

Donald competed at both the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT for Ulster team owner Wilson Craig, who told the Belfast News Letter no deal had been struck to provide English star Johnson with Donald's spare machines for the Ulster Grand Prix.

Instead, the Co Londonderry businessman is content to 'put a big effort' into regular rider William Dunlop, who goes to Dundrod as one of the main favourites.

“Gary had been in touch with me on Friday about riding my bikes, but only William's bikes are ready to race and I'm content to put a big effort behind William,” Craig said.

“I told Gary if he was really stuck we could give him a Superstock bike, but at the moment William is my only rider for the Ulster Grand Prix.

“I'd imagine Gary will get bikes sorted out with Padgetts.”




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