Modern and Classics, for Johnston


31 Year old Dromore rider Mark Johnson heads into his 5th KDM Hire Cookstown 100, to a circuit which he loves, as he finds it continues to be a challenge for him. One of the few “younger “ Classic riders, and one of the few who mixes classics with modern day machinery. It was on this very circuit, that Mark made his road race debut onboard a Suzuki 600 Gsxr which his friend and ex racer David Holland had lent him just to take part in his first road , at this stage, Mark was riding on the short circuit scene onboard a Suzuki Gsxr 1000 in the superbike cup , , and what did Mark think of his first outing between the hedges? “ It was a great feeling to get out on the closed public roads, it didn’t go to plan as due to a mechanical failure and I had to pull out off the races but with that said it was the best decision to go road racing as it was the only the start off it an I have went into compete at every national road race north & south as well as the UGP, “ The Home Maintenance fitter has completed on everything from 125 to 1000 on the circuits over the last 15 years & 400,s 350 classic,s & 600,s on the road the last 5 years, Last season Mark was basically on his own all year , just rider and bikes going to as many races as he could, both circuit & roads This is no mean feat for anyone with one bike, but three bikes!!! Getting scrutinised and ready for the races etc on the ,Thankfully a few mates would turn up at races and give him a hand, But this year if anyone would like to come on board to give a hand at the races they can give me a shout on Facebook or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. !! whether it be to do tyre warmers, fuel the bikes, help with scrutiny etc don’t need to be a full mechanic, it would be very grateful as it will depend on what help I have this season what races I get to do, I have the two bikes ready to go & 3rd bike depends on what help I can get at the races to get them all on track, Mark works for his own enjoyment, but has a little help from my uncle, R&R Motors, Glamour Us Hair Studio, Pro-Clean, Gardens R Us, Nm Tuning & Daytona, Looking forward to the KDM Hire Cookstown 100 & wishing everyone a safe an enjoyable event. photo credit, Shtephen higgins