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Johnston staying on track with East Coast Racing

By Paul Lindsay

Published 22/10/2015

Sitting tight: Lee Johnston is staying with his racing team
Sitting tight: Lee Johnston is staying with his racing team

Fermanagh's Lee Johnston, a treble winner at this year's Ulster Grand Prix, has decided to remain with East Coast Racing for a sixth consecutive season.

The Maguiresbridge lad took his debut TT podium earlier this year with the Yorkshire based team, and will now aim to top the podium come June 2016 at the Isle of Man based event.

Explaining his decision, Johnston, who works for team owner Phil Reed in his construction business, said: "I had a few other options for next season which was very flattering, but when I sat down and looked at it all, none of the offers gave me anything significant over what I already have at East Coast Racing."

Johnston's ECR team is currently receiving support from BMW Motorrrad UK, which has been justified with his Superstock wins at the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix, and the aforementioned TT Superstock podium.

Rumours of interest from Honda and Tyco BMW may have flattered the former Junior Superstock 600cc British champion, but team owner Phil Reed is not just an employer, but a close friend.

Reed said: "Lee has become part of the family here and we are really pleased that we can build on the success we have achieved this season."

The 26-year-old will finish the season at the Macau Grand Prix in November, where he will be hoping for a podium finish. Favourites for the event will be Ian Hutchinson, who will make his final appearance for the PBM team and Scottish ace Stuart Easton making a one-off appearance for Milwaukee Yamaha.

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