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Lee Johnston will target Supersport success at the Isle of Man TT after navigating latest British Superbike test

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Lee Johnston in action during the NW200 last week. Credit: Rod Neill/Pacemaker Press International

Lee Johnston in action during the NW200 last week. Credit: Rod Neill/Pacemaker Press International

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Lee Johnston in action during the NW200 last week. Credit: Rod Neill/Pacemaker Press International

Several top Isle of Man TT contenders will be hoping to safely negotiate the third round of the British Superbike Championship this weekend at Donington Park before making the short trip across the Irish Sea next week.

TT favourite Peter Hickman, plus Supersport winner Lee Johnston, Davey Todd and event newcomer Glenn Irwin will be setting off down Bray Hill next Sunday for opening practice at the event, which returns for the first time since 2019.

Fermanagh man Johnston is currently second in the British Supersport Championship and is fresh from his fifth win overall at the North West 200 last Saturday, where Irwin also climbed the top step with a double in the Superbike class.

Johnston is pinning his hopes on a Supersport victory at the TT after claiming his maiden win in the class on the Ashcourt Racing Yamaha in 2019.

“Realistically I’m not going to win a big-bike race because I’m not the biggest person in the world,” Johnston said.

“I remember when I was on the podium with Michael (Dunlop) and ‘Hutchy’ (Ian Hutchinson) in the Superstock race at the TT (in 2015), the look on their faces said, ‘what’s he doing up here?’

“To be honest that podium meant so much to me because it was on the big bike, but I think realistically we’ve got to be looking at wins on the Supersport or Lightweight bikes.”

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Irwin goes to the TT for the first time after missing the chance to make his debut in 2020 and 2021 when the event was cancelled.

The Carrickfergus man and John McGuinness line up for the Honda Racing UK team, with 23-time winner McGuinness gearing up for a milestone 100th TT start.

“It’s nice to go into this weekend after a successful North West 200,” said Irwin.

“I’ve said before in the past the confidence I’ve gained winning at events like that I’ve been able to carry back to British Superbikes, so I’m looking forward to continuing the good moment.

“It’s been five wins for me so far this season on the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP and it would be nice to add to that in some way with wins or podiums this weekend.

“That being said, the level in BSB is extremely high this year and although we’ve raised our game, many others have too.”

Today’s first BSB race is at 4.30pm with tomorrow’s races at 1.15pm and 4.30pm.


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