Johnston tames WSB Blade for TT duties
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