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Australian ace aiming to build on top form by helping OMG Racing to North West glory

Big move: David Johnson will be in action in Portrush
Big move: David Johnson will be in action in Portrush

By Roy Harris

Australian David Johnson will be in the saddle for the OMG Racing squad when the team makes its road racing debut at next year’s fonaCAB & Nicholl Oils North West 200.

The 35-year-old, who raced for the Honda Racing squad in 2019, will ride S1000RR BMWs in the Superbike and Superstock classes at Portrush alongside competing on a R6 Yamaha in the Supersport category.

“I’m extremely happy to sign for OMG Racing for the 2020 roads season,” the delighted Adelaide man said.

“2019 was a great year for me so I’m certain I can follow that up with more in 2020.”

Johnson made his debut on the 8.9 mile Triangle circuit in 2015 and the new recruit to OMG’s first foray on to the roads will be aiming for better results than he enjoyed at this year’s event after his Honda Racing squad opted to sit out most of Saturday’s wet action.

Johnson went on to demonstrate his pace during the season, becoming Australia’s fastest ever TT racer as he claimed a maiden Mountain course podium in the Superstock TT race in June.

A victory in the Superbike race at the Classic TT in September was followed by a third place finish on the PBM Ducati in the red flagged Macau Grand Prix in November.

With another roads rider expected join Johnson in the OMG squad, the team is targeting the between the hedges scene at the North West 200 and TT after two strong seasons in the BSB series.

Fermanagh’s Josh Elliot gave OMG its first Superbike win at Silverstone this year and, having made the switch from Suzuki to BMW power, Luke Mossey and Hector Barbera will spearhead the team’s BSB challenge for 2020 with Billy McConnell racing in the Superstock championship.

“Having Billy McConnell and Luke Mossey amongst my teammates is awesome, there’ll definitely be some good times to share within the team across the roads and BSB.” Johnson said.

“The bikes will be top notch too, they’re a no-holds barred team when it comes to assembling the best bits of machinery and I’m sure that they’ll be able to deliver a bike capable of winning.”

NW200 Event Director Mervyn Whyte said: “It is a real boost for the sport to have the OMG team in the road racing paddock for 2020.”

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