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Johnston confirmed at East Coast Racing

Northern Ireland's Lee Johnston will again ride BMW and Triumph machinery for East Coast Racing at the international road races next season.
Lee Johnston will remain at East Coast Racing in 2016 to contest the international road races.

The Northern Ireland rider hit the heights this season with Superstock victories at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix plus a stunning third place finish in the class at the Isle of Man TT behind Ian Hutchinson and Michael Dunlop.

Johnston, who bagged a treble with a brace in the Supersport class at the Ulster GP at Dundrod in August, had attracted plenty of attention from teams eager to land his signature for next season, but the 26-year-old will again ride BMW S1000RR and Triumph 675 machinery for team boss Phil Reed.

“Phil will not mind me saying that I had a few very flattering offers for next season. When I sat down and looked at it all, I had to ask myself would anyone be able to offer more than we have here at East Coast Racing,” Johnston said.

“We have a great bunch of guys with a lot of experience and with the support of BMW Motorrad and the development we have done with the 675 Triumph, I know we can do a top job next year.

“I'm not one for making rash predictions as that just sets you up for a fall, but I do believe we can build on this year's results and hopefully add some more silverware to the collection.”

ECC boss Reed said the Fermanagh racer had 'become part of the family' and is delighted to have retained Johnston for another crack at clinching a TT win next year.

“Lee has become part of the family here at East Coast Racing and we are really pleased that we can now build on the success we achieved this season,” he said.

“We go racing primarily for the enjoyment of it all, but success breeds success, and with wins at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix this year – our goal is to hopefully crack the code to a TT top step next June.”

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October 21, 2015 7:10 PM

Great news. Lee Johnston is a brilliant rider and probably the best of the current up-and-coming road racers. He gets better with every race and I expect him to be a regular visitor to the TT podium next year.

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