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Lee Johnston in BMW switch for Isle of Man TT

Up and coming roads star will ride S1000RR in feature classes plus a Triumph Daytona 675 for the Supersport events
Ireland's Lee Johnston will ride a BMW S1000RR in the feature classes at this year's Isle of Man TT.

The 26-year-old, who was the TT Privateer's Champion in 2013, has also changed machinery for the Supersport class, switching to a Triumph Daytona 675.

Johnston will continue to be backed by East Coast Construction Racing with additional support from Leamington Spa-based company Burdens this season.

The former British Superstock 600 champion will return to the North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix and Macau as well as the TT, where he will ride BMW's flagship S1000RR in the RST Superbike, RL360 Superstock and PokerStars Senior TT Races.

Johnston joins the likes of Guy Martin and William Dunlop at BMW – with more riders expected to follow suit – to ride the dominant machine from last year's TT, where Michael Dunlop clinched a treble in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior events.

Johnston will benefit from the BMW Motorrad UK International Customer Racing Programme, receiving technical and product support.

“I think we showed our potential in 2014 in all the classes at the events we contested and as a team we are looking to build on that for 2015 with the aim of being a regular feature on the podium at the international road races,” Johnston said.

“The TT remains the priority for me and East Coast Construction Racing and we know how hard it is to make the breakthrough into the podium positions around the Mountain Course.

“But we took some solid results there last year despite carrying an injury from the North West 200, and with the increased support from BMW Motorrad UK, Burdens and all our other team sponsors we will be as ready as anyone come June.”

Johnston achieved his best result at the TT with fifth in the RL360 Superstock Race last year, lapping in excess of 127mph.

He also took a top ten finish, his third to date, in the opening Monster Energy Supersport Race and recorded his fastest lap so far around the 37.73-mile circuit at 127.391mph in the Superbike race.

His first victory on the Mountain Course was achieved last August at the Classic TT, with Johnston taking a popular win the 350cc race on an MV Agusta.

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Lee Johnston on the East Coast Honda during Isle of Man TT practice

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