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Lee Johnston joins KMR Kawasaki for Lightweight TT

Double North West 200 winner teams up with Ryan Farquhar's highly respected KMR Kawasaki team LIghtweight race on Mountain Course
Lee Johnston has joined Ryan Farquhar's KMR/SGS International Kawasaki team to compete in the Supertwin races at this year's Isle of Man TT.

The Northern Ireland rider, who will ride BMW and Triumph machinery in the Superbike, Superstock and Supersport classes this season with continued backing from East Coast Construction, is part of a four-man line-up on the famous black and orange machines, joining team boss Farquhar, Connor Behan and Danny Webb on the ER6s.

Johnston clinched a double in the class at the North West 200 last May and along with Farquhar – who recently announced his return to Superbike and Superstock action this year on Kawasaki ZX-10R machinery – is one of the leading contenders for the Bikenation.co.uk Lightweight race at the TT.

Farquhar said: “I'm really excited about this year's TT. I'm putting a lot into my own on track efforts this year and that is a priority for me, but I am also excited to be working with three of the brightest prospects in the sport in Lee Johnston, Danny Webb and Connor Behan.

“Lee has shown his class for a few years now and is ready to make the big breakthrough and we are delighted to have him on one of our Kawasaki 650's for the Lightweight TT where he will start as one of the favourites.

“Danny is a truly world class rider and was a joy to work with last year. He showed straight away how talented he is with a very strong TT debut and I am pleased we are able to work together again in his second year,” Farquhar added.

“Connor has a lot of natural talent and I was very impressed by how well he did at the TT last year. I am sure he will build on that this time around and will continue to progress further up the leader board. He is still very young but he has the makings of a great TT career ahead of him.”

Farquhar, who won the inaugural Lightweight TT in 2012, finished seventh last year with Behan claiming a top ten result in ninth, while Scotsman Keith Amor finished fourth on one of the KMR Kawasaki machines.

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