Has recovered from life-threatening injuries to do so
Lee Johnston's officially confirmed he will be returning to the TT this year.
He missed out in 2023 after sustaining life-threatening injuries at the North West 200 the month before.
This year though, the Ulsterman's back with the Ashcourt Racing team.
The 34-year-old's completed a number of tests over the winter period as he continues to make his way back to full fitness, and says he has more planned in the upcoming months before his season gets underway.
“It’s never good to miss a year at the TT, but even more so when the weather was as good as it was last year. The amount of track time and the sheer number of laps completed saw the game move on considerably. You’ve got to do 130mph+ now to win a Supersport race which is unreal.
“I’m being realistic about it. This will be somewhat of a rebuilding year but I can’t wait to get back on my bike at the TT. Obviously I want to do as well as possible, particularly in the Supersport and Supertwin Races, but I want to enjoy it as well.”
Johnston says it's been a long road to recovery and admits he still has a way to go, but is confident he won't be far off his best when the first British Championship round gets underway in April.
“I’d say I’m at about 80% fitness right now. That’s amazing considering where I was and I’m feeling really good. Of course, some days are worse than others but I’m feeling positive and am going to try and win some races in 2024.
“After the injuries I received last year, many people assumed I’d be quitting but it’s not for them to say that as they don’t know what racing means to me, and one thing I learnt from watching from the sofa last year is that I’m not done with racing yet. There’s a lot of life and a lot of races in me yet.”