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Johnston joins Jackson Racing for tilt at Isle of Man

By Paul Lindsay

Lee Johnston, whose name has been associated with a number of leading teams over the winter period, has finally nailed his colours to the mast, signing for Jackson Racing for the 2017 international road racing season.

The full race programme for 2017 has yet to be announced, but the Maguiresbridge ace has confirmed that he will ride at this year's Isle of Man TT Races for Jackson Racing on board an iconic piece of machinery - Nicky Hayden's 2016 World Superbike spec Honda CBR1000RR.

Johnston said: "I want to be back at the front again, winning races, and I think this is the bike that can help me to do that.

"I had plenty of offers and in the end it was all of the little things coming together that sealed the deal."

The 27-year-old will ride the Ten Kate prepared Fireblade - that carried 2006 MotoGP world champion Hayden to a World Superbike Race win last season at Malaysia and fifth overall in the Championship - in the RST Superbike and PokerStars Senior TT Races. He'll also campaign Hondas in the RL360º Quantum Superstock and two Monster Energy Supersport Races.

Johnston made his TT debut in 2012 and won the coveted TT Privateers Trophy, riding Honda machinery, a year later.

He was again Honda-mounted in 2014 when he took a best finish of fifth in the Superstock Race and a switch to BMW power in 2015 gave him his first TT podium with third in the Superstock Race.

He recorded his best lap to date of 130.851mph in the race and backed it up with the same result in the SES TT Zero Race.

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