Johnston leaves it late to find bikes af­ter sud­den split

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Lee Johnston and Jack­son Racing parted ways just days be­fore the 2017 TT got un­der­way, but the North­ern Ir­ish­man has se­cured eleventh-hour al­ter­na­tives.

He’ll ride a third CBR600RR for Clive Pad­gett along­side Bruce An­stey and Conor Cum­mins, while cam­paign­ing his East Coast Con­struc­tion BMW S1000RR in the Su­per­stock and Su­per­bike classes.

“Pad­gett’s have a great TT pedi­gree so I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to rid­ing for them,” Johnston said. “I will race my East Coast Racing BMW in the Su­per­bike and Su­per­stock races. Hutchy did a 133mph lap on a stocker BMW last year and I haven’t gone that fast yet, so the bike is still faster than me.”

Johnston will also race a Ryan Far­quhar-built KMR Kawasaki in the Light­weight race.

Hav­ing al­ready an­nounced Josh Brookes as a re­place­ment for Mcguin­ness on the Su­pers­port bike, the Jack­son Racing team have con­firmed Dan Kneen will ride their sec­ond 600, but are yet to find a rider to take on the exNicky Hay­den Wsb-spec Fire­blade Johnston was orig­i­nally due to ride.

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