Gary Johnson will ride for Mar-Train at the 2015 North West 200 and Isle of Man TT in the Supersport class.
The two time TT winner will ride GBMoto Kawasaki in the Superbike and Superstock races but was left without a Supersport ride. He won with Smiths Triumph at the TT last year but the team has signed Guy Martin and David Johnson for this year. Johnson will partner Dean Harrison at Mar-Train, who has made a full time move to the team following his split with RC Express Racing.
Johnson has taken four North West 200 podiums since his debut in 2007 but is still looking for the elusive first win there. At the TT he has won riding a Triumph and a Honda. “I’m really looking forward to getting on the Yamaha, it’s one of the fastest bikes out there and it would be fantastic to win three TTs for three different manufacturers,” he said. “The Mar-Train boys do a proper job, they’ve won North West 200s and come close to winning three British Championships from three attempts so you cannot argue with their credentials. Contacting Tim about a Supersport ride was an easy decision, the standard of his bikes and team are unquestionable”.
“I’m also looking forward to teaming up with Dean,” Johnson concluded. “He’s one of my good friends in the paddock and his speed speaks for itself so he will be one of my biggest rivals come race day.”
Mar-Train hadn’t intended to include a second rider in their plans. “When the opportunity arose to do something with Gary, I couldn’t turn it down,” team owner Tim Martin said. “He’s a double TT winner and perfectly capable of winning for us at the North West as well. He’s a nice lad and gets on with Dean too so he fits in very well. Dean is still our focus for the year as a whole but having Gary on board as well makes for a very exciting May and June for Mar-Train racing.”
Johnson and Harrison will be present at the TT launch this coming Tuesday.