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Classic TT: Johnson in late York Suzuki call-up

'It is a shame that Dave can't ride the bike due his injuries and I wish him well in his recovery, but hopefully I can build on his performances for the team last year' - Gary Johnson.
Gary Johnson has received a late call-up to compete in the Classic TT Races, replacing injured Australian rider David Johnson on the Team York/Big Dog Suzuki.

Johnson will ride an XR69 1100cc Suzuki in the Motorsport Merchandise Superbike race in the August 29 Bank Holiday Monday highlight on the Isle of Man.

Aussie Johnson was injured following a crash during practice on the Wilson Craig Honda at the Ulster Grand Prix.

For the past two years, Lincolnshire rider Johnson has competed in the race for Roger Winfield on a 1200cc Harris Yamaha. He was forced to retire from fifth place in 2014 but bounced back 12 months ago to finish eighth, lapping at 121.332mph on his opening lap.

“I am delighted to be joining Team York Suzuki for the Classic TT. Obviously it is a shame that Dave can't ride the bike due his injuries and I wish him well in his recovery, but hopefully I can build on his performances for the team last year,” said Johnson, who was also a late replacement at the Ulster Grand Prix, where he stood in for the injured Lee Johnston on the East Coast/Burdens machines at Dundrod.

“The team have made a massive effort with the bike preparation and we should be able to challenge for a place on the podium.”



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Gary Johnson
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during the Classic Superbike race at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Black Eagle MV Agusta at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey won the Lightweight race at the Classic TT on the Padgetts Honda RS250.
John McGuinness on the Winfield Paton at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki at the Classic TT.
Bruce Anstey on the Padgetts RS250 Honda at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 at the Classic TT.
Michael Dunlop on the Team Classic Suzuki XR69 during practice for the Classic TT.
Ian Lougher, Dean Harrison and Lee Johnston in the winners` enclosure following the 2015 500cc Classic TT
Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Ian Hutchinson leads Michael Dunlop in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his four wins at the Ulster Grand Prix.
David Johnson
Senior TT race winner Michael Dunlop, runner-up Ian Hutchinson and John McGuinness
Michael Dunlop on the Hawk Racing BMW in the Senior TT.

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