David Johnson

David Johnson

No-one knew much about David Johnson when he first arrived in the UK in 2002, but they soon did as he scored several impressive results against the likes of Tom Sykes, Cal Crutchlow, Craig Jones and Guy Martin in the National Superstock 600cc Championship.

Problems with his work permit meant he had to return home to Australia halfway through the season, but he was back in 2003 and has been making his name ever since.

Although Johnson soon made the move into the Premier British Superbike Championship class, he was continually up against it, the privateer teams he was riding for were no match for the factory teams. However, that didn’t stop him from scoring numerous point-scoring finishes, but it did lead to him casting his eye further afield to the Isle of Man TT Races..

Johnson’s TT debut came in 2010 when riding for Mick Charnock’s small but professional outfit, he lapped at close to 124mph and walked away with the Newcomer Trophy. Over the next few years, he would line up for some of the country’s leading privateer teams including PR Racing as well as Smiths Racing, with whom he enjoyed some career highlights including, a fourth place for the former in the 2014 RL360 Superstock TT Race, four top ten finishes and a 131mph lap for the latter in 2015.

David went on to spend two years with Norton, who he helped propel up the leaderboard with three top eight finishes, but in 2019 he finally got his first shot with an established factory team on the roads, something which he grabbed with both hands. Joining Honda Racing on the back of two turbulent years for the manufacturer, wasn’t ideal timing but the amiable Johnson didn’t see it that way and took a deserved maiden TT podium when he finished third in the Superstock race.

Johnson’s 2019 Superstock result in itself was superb but the manner in which he did it, defeating Michael Dunlop in a last lap shoot-out and in the class which the Honda was, supposedly, less suited to, stood out even more. He then followed up his TT success with a fantastic victory in the Superbike Classic TT race to mark an excellent year on the Mountain Course. 

Injury prevented him from competing at the TT in 2022 but he was back in 2023 with the C&L Fairburn Properties/Jackson Racing Honda team where it was a solid if not spectacular year. Three eighth place finishes was his best return and although he was in amongst the 130mph laps, he would have been expecting more. With the pace continuing to get hotter, it will be interesting to see if Johnson can get back into the top six in 2024.


Since his newcomer days, David has made brilliant progression and gone on to become a top TT star, which is testament to his commitment and talent. His TT skills deserve more than a solitary podium but there’s plenty of time for him to add to that. Everyone in the paddock will agree that David is an all-round nice guy who deserves a top ride with a top team.




Adelaide, Australia

TT Debut


Race Starts


Wins / Podiums



29 Silver/8 Bronze

Best Lap Speed

131.595mph (2015)

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