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Lee Johnston relishing first taste of Macau action

“It's dangerous over there and I'll be taking it steady and just learning the place and not doing anything stupid" - Lee Johnston
Exciting road racing talent Lee Johnston can't wait to make his debut at the infamous Macau Grand Prix in the Far East next month.

The Northern Irishman has been a sensation this year at the international road races, finishing as the runner-up to Alastair Seeley in the opening Superstock race at the North West 200 and taking a stunning podium behind William Dunlop and Bruce Anstey in the Supersport class on his Ulster Grand Prix debut in August.

Now based in Hull, Johnston hasn't looked back this season since he teamed up with respected international roads outfit Millsport Racing.

Johnston has already signed with the team for another season in 2013, when he will also ride a 600cc Honda Supersport machine in addition to the exotic Ducati Panigale 1199.

The 28-year-old, who impressed during his debut at the Isle of Man TT in June, is now preparing to take on the daunting challenge of the Armco-barrier lined Guia street circuit at Macau, where he is entered on the Panigale.

Johnston told the Belfast News Letter: “Macau is going to be a new experience for me.

“It's dangerous over there and I'll be taking it steady and just learning the place and not doing anything stupid.

“I'm getting a reputation now as a road racer after this season but I don't mind because I wanted a fresh challenge and I've really enjoyed myself, though I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not!

“It's been a great year and I've surprised myself a bit, but it's all good and I'm looking forward now to getting over to Macau.”

Johnston is in the privileged position of having his plans for next season finalised already.

In addition to the international road races, the ex-Superstock 600 champion will also compete in the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship.

“It's great to have next year's deal done as the team and I have proved to be a package that can push for the top step,” he said.

“This year has been a learning year for us with the new bikes, but we are going in the right direction and with a testing programme through the winter planned we should be on the mark come the first round of the championship.”

Michael Rutter and John McGuinness will ride for the SMT Honda team at the event, when the line-up also includes Gary Johnson, Manx rider Conor Cummins and Martin Jessopp.



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Lee Johnston will make his debut at the Isle of Man TT races in June
Lee Johnston has teamed up with Ryan Farquhar to race a KMR Kawasaki in the NI Air Ambulance colours at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.
Alastair Seeley with the Tyco BMW he will race at the North West 200.
John McGuinness on the Jackson Racing Honda.
Michael Dunlop, Carl Cox, [Credit: Holeshot PR]
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Guy Martin, John McGuinness Honda Racing, [Credit: Honda Racing]
Guy Martin, Honda Racing, [Credit: Honda Racing]
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Dan Hegarty won the TT Privateers Championship in 2016.
Peter Hickman will ride for Smiths Racing in 2017 at the international road races and in the British Superbike Championship.
Peter Hickman won the Macau Grand Prix for the second year running on the Bathams/SMT BMW.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Ducati at the Macau Grand Prix.
Glenn Irwin on the PBM Be Wiser Ducati at the Macau Grand Prix.
Peter Hickman on the Bathams/SMT BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.
Peter Hickman on the Bathams/SMT BMW at the Macau Grand Prix.

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