Roads: David Johnson signs deal with Gulf BMW

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Shaun Muir Racing will return to the Isle of Man TT in 2018 under the Gulf BMW banner.

Aussie David Johnson will ride for the Giusborough squad at the TT as well as the 2018 North West 200 and selected British Superbike rounds as Muir’s effort returns to road racing for the first time since 2014.

“I'm very excited to be back racing on a BMW with the full technical support of SMR and BMW Motorrad Motosport,” Johnson said. “The bikes will be as good as they can possibly be, and I am confident this package can push me to the next level at the TT.”

“We also have the exciting challenge of the North West 200 before the TT. It will be my first competitive outing on the Gulf BMW so there is a lot of preparation to do, but I can't wait to see what the team can do.”

“We have a full testing program scheduled in early 2018 so we will definitely hit the ground running come first practice at the 2018 TT races. I did my fastest lap on a BMW at the TT in 2015 [131.595mph] so this year with factory spec bikes will be a big year for me, and I will make it count."

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing