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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.”

Related Pictures

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Lee Johnston on the East Coast/Burdens BMW at the Isle of Man TT
Guy Martin on the Honda Fireblade at the Isle of Man TT.
Dean Harrison, Dan Kneen and Michael Dunlop at the Southern 100.
Derek Sheils in action at the Walderstown road races.
Michael Dunlop at the Classic TT
Derek Sheils on the Cookstown B.E. Racing Suzuki at the Skerries 100.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Alan Bonner was killed in an incident at the 33rd Milestone.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.

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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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