Last month saw Lee Johnson take Honda Racing and their CBR1000RR SP2 to third position, the first international roads podium for the team at the North West 200.
The third place result came after an eventful series of races throughout the event. The first race ended up a race long battle with Dean Harrison and Michael Rutter, but Johnson ended up crossing the line in fourth. The second race was more successful after a strong race, taking third position. And again taking third position in the final race after narrowly missing the second place spot.
Honda’s success in 2018 marks the end of a tough 12 months for the team, following their withdrawal from the event back in 2017 after John McGuinness broke his leg.
“I’m leaving the North West 200 happy and feeling really positive with the Fireblade and the package we have,” Johnston said.
“The first Superbike race we came from tenth on the grid right up into second place on the last lap, but after some rider error we finished fourth! I just outbraked myself coming into Juniper Hill and lost the spot, otherwise it would have been two podiums for us!
“We came from quite a way back in the second race and almost took second on the final lap, but to come home third I’m really happy! I’m feeling confident and good ahead of the TT and now just can’t wait to get going.”