Double Isle of Man TT winner Gary Johnson tested the Mar-Train Racing Yamaha R6 he will ride at the North West 200 and on the iconic Mountain Course this year at Kirkistown on Tuesday.
Johnson joined Dean Harrison for a final test before practice gets underway on the north coast next week and had the chance to ride in mixed conditions at the Co Down track as he got to grips with the machine for the first time.
The popular Lincolnshire rider, who won the opening Supersport race at the TT last year before a crash in the Superstock event forced him to miss the remainder of the meeting, said he had no hesitation in making contact with the Northern Ireland team after losing his ride on the Smiths Triumph, with Guy Martin later confirmed in the Gloucester squad alongside Australian rider David Johnson.
“The Mar-Train team is second to none and obviously they were runners-up twice in the British Supersport Championship by the narrowest of margins and won it as well, so with a tiny bit of luck on their side they could’ve been three-times champions,” the 34-year-old told the News Letter.
“They’ve won at the North West with Alastair [Seeley] and they’re a great team to work with. I’ve known Tim [Martin] for a long time and I know what he puts into it and the package that he can deliver.
“As soon as the call came from Smiths that we weren’t going to be working together this year, he was honestly the first guy that I rang.”
Full story in Thursday’s News Letter.