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David Johnson is planning to shine on his North West 200 debut

Australian David Johnson is set to become the highest profile newcomer at the 2015 Vauxhall International North West 200 on May 12-16 on an Ice Valley BMW.

The Adelaide man has never raced at the venue despite competing in all the other international road races.

"I have always wanted to do the North West but the deal has always gone wrong at the last minute!" he said as he announced his debut on one of Paul Shoesmith's 2015 spec BMW S1000RRs in the Superbike and Superstock races.

Johnson has established a strong pedigree on both the roads and tracks in recent seasons. He is currently competing in the BSB series on a MotoDex BMW but his best results have come in the British Superstock championship where he has been a regular winner.

The Aussie said: "It will be really important to get plenty of practice time at the North West and for conditions to be dry because I don't like riding on wet roads.

"If I get enough time on the bike and I feel comfortable then I will give it a crack. I don't have any expectations but maybe a top 10 is possible."

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