New wheels for Lee Johnston as he targets TT Zero joy
Fermanagh's Lee Johnston has secured a deal to ride for Belgian team Saroléa Racing in this year's Isle of Man TT Zero Class, which is for battery powered machinery.
The Maguiresbridge ace made his debut in the class last season, finishing third on the American Victory machine and lapping at 111.620mph, but is delighted to join the Belgian outfit - where his goal is to get closer to the Mugen bikes of John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey.
"I'm buzzing to be on-board with Saroléa for the TT," explained Johnston, who will remain with the East Coast/Burdens squad for the main race at this year's international road racing events.
"This year the plan is to podium again but go faster and try to close the gap."
Johnston's team-mate will be close friend Dean Harrison, who will make his TT Zero debut in June despite having competed at the Manx event for six seasons. The former Mar-Train Racing pilot said: "It's my first time racing the TT Zero and I cannot wait. I'm itching to get on the bike. The technology is off the scale and it's going to be flat out."
Saroléa Racing competed at the Isle of Man TT Zero for the first time in 2014, with Robert Wilson taking fourth, just 0.4 seconds off the podium. Technical advancements followed last year, as did a lap of 106.510mph. For 2016 they will be looking to Johnston and Harrison to give them that coveted TT podium and a lap in excess of 110mph.