John­ston tames WSB Blade for TT du­ties

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Lee John­ston has turned his WSB Ten Kate Fire­blade into a ‘pussy­cat’ so that he can make it purr at this year’s TT.

The Ten Kate-built ma­chine’s World Su­per­bike pedi­gree was smoothed out with al­ter­ations to the brakes, gear­box, sus­pen­sion and elec­tron­ics.

John­ston said: “The new su­per­bike was too ag­gres­sive but we have made a lot of changes and it is a lit­tle pussy­cat now.

“We made the changes on day one of the test and then started to put in some fast laps.”

It was the Ir­ish­man’s first visit to the tricky Wilt­shire cir­cuit, but he found it a good test­ing ground to as­sess his shift to Nissin brakes and from K-tech to Max­ton sus­pen­sion for 2017.

John­ston has drafted in ex­pe­ri­enced crew chief, Derek Hux­ley, who span­nered for John­ston’s arch ri­val, Alas­tair See­ley last sea­son. The Jackson Rac­ing team’s first race out­ing will be the North West 200 but John­ston will be in ac­tion at the open­ing Le Mans World En­durance round with the Honda Rac­ing squad.

‘ The new su­per­bike was too agres­sive’ LEE JOHN­STON

John­ston is all sm­lies now that he’s tamed his Wsb-spec Blade

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