David Johnson signs with OMG BMW for TT campaign

OMG Racing for the Isle of Man TT

After enjoying his best year at the Isle of Man TT in 2019 with Honda Racing, South Australia’s David Johnson is set to spearhead OMG Racing’s maiden attempt at success on the 37.73 mile Mountain Course on their new BMW S 1000 RR machines.

Davo made his debut at the Isle of Man TT in 2010 where he was named fastest newcomer with a 123.838mph lap, before narrowly missing out on his first podium in 2014 after taking 4th in the Superstock race.

The charismatic Aussie also ventured into both British Superbikes and World Superbikes, as he added to his circuit experience, before finishing 4th in every race he finished at the 2018 TT.

However, in 2019 the Adelaide rider finally grabbed that elusive first TT podium riding for Honda, producing a storming final sector to snatch third from Michael Dunlop in the Superstock race.

Johnson will compete in the Superbike, Superstock and Supersport classes on-board the BMW S1000RR.

David ‘Davo’ Johnson

“I’m extremely happy to sign for OMG Racing for the 2020 roads season. They are an amazing bunch of people who are dedicated to their racing and put their riders front and centre.

“Having Billy McConnell and Luke Mossey amongst my team-mates is awesome, there’ll definitely be some good times to share within the team across the roads and BSB. The bikes will be top notch too, they’re a no-holds barred team when it comes to assembling the best bits of machinery and I’m sure that they’ll be able to deliver a bike capable of winning.

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David Johnson on the Superstock podium – TT 2019

“Currently I’m still back at home in Australia, but the stars seem to be aligning for next year, with my wedding to kick things off and then heading back over to the UK to get myself focused on the bike. 2019 was a great year for me, finally getting that first TT podium, so I’m certain I can follow that up with more in 2020.

“A Big thanks to all the team at OMG Racing, but especially Alan Gardner and Paul Curran for giving me this opportunity. I can’t wait to be back!”

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David Johnson celebrates 2019 Classic TT Superbike win alongside James Hillier

Paul Curran, OMG Racing Team Principal

“I’m delighted to welcome Davo to the team for 2020, he’s a rider we have very strong links to through Billy McConnell and he’s just a great guy to work with, super friendly and knows how he wants the bike setting up.

“He suits the team atmosphere, which is a big positive. As a team we’ve always had a very relaxed approach to racing and given maximum flexibility to our riders to setup a bike exactly how they’d like.

“Given Davo’s success last year, we’re confident he can be up there challenging for podiums in both classes and really put us on the road racing map as a team!”

Alan Gardner, OMG Racing

“Davo has been talking to us for a while about getting on the roads and eventually I think he wore me down! He’s a great guy to have around, similarly to Billy he just brings positivity to the team and that means everyone involved goes that extra mile whilst feeling comfortable.

“Plus, I don’t think anybody can question it – he’s quick. Outperforming an iconic rider like Hutchy on the roads last year in the same team shows how far he’s come, and we were thrilled for him when he got that first podium last year, hopefully he can replicate that this year in our colours!”

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David Johnson on the Gulf Racing BMW during the 2018 Isle of Man TT – Photo Stephen Davison

Source: MCNews.com.au

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