Lincolnshire’s Gary Johnson has joined British Superbike team RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki for this year’s Isle of Man TT.
The double TT winner will ride Kawasaki ZX-10RR machinery in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior races and a Triumph in the Supersport events.
Johnson rode for Lee Hardy’s Team, who will again run Jake Dixon in the British Superbike Championship, at last year’s Macau Grand Prix and, despite limited track time on the ZX-10RR, he impressed with a solid sixth place.
The 37-year-old set his fastest lap of the Mountain Course in 2016 at 130.945mph on a Kawasaki, placing him 12th on the list of all-time fastest riders.
Johnson said: “I was really impressed by the bike in Macau and I know with a bit more time on it we could have been pushing for the win there.
“The team have been doing a great job in British Superbike with Jake (Dixon) and hopefully we can transfer that success to the TT.
“I’m really looking forward to this year’s event now and hopefully I can add a few more wins to my tally.”
Team Principal Lee Hardy added: “Gary rode for my team at the Macau Grand Prix and I was very impressed with his work ethic and he did a great job for us despite having limited track time.
“Gary showed me that he has the desire to win and he is hungry to get back to the top step at the TT. I saw enough to make a decision to come back to the TT with a rider who is a proven race winner.
“I have missed competing at the TT the past few years and we’re delighted to be returning. The Royal Air Force are delighted to be the title sponsor for the team at this year’s TT and it’s great to continue promoting our partner sponsors Briggs Equipment and Mother Hubbard’s of Swaffham.
“Myself and the team’s sponsors are excited about the challenges ahead, we believe that we have the right environment to get Gary right back to the very top end of the results sheets and can’t wait to get started.”