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Useful Gulf BMW debut for Johnson despite crash

Gulf BMW's David Johnson got his season off to a useful start with laps under his belt at the Donington Bennets British Superbike round but the Australian's weekend was curtailed somewhat by a big crash at Craner Curves and subsequent medical centre appointment.

Johnson, who switched to Shaun Muir's new team for 2018, got caught out by the slippery conditions and damaged his left rotator cuff but was not to be deterred, carrying on with testing in MOnday's race and finishing ahead of Kyle Ryde and roads rival Conor Cummins.

“The weekend started really well in Free Practice and it was useful for me to gel with the bike. We weren't here to set the world on fire and score big, but I had fun learning the bike and focused on getting the laps under my belt. The Superbike S1000RR has been awesome this weekend, and I gelled with it straight away. Even after my crash it performed well, even if I couldn't get everything I wanted from it," said Johnson.


Unfortunately FP3 was a really slippery session and I was caught out at Craner Curves, I don't even know what happened but the bike was damaged and I injured my left rotator cuff. That knocked the wind out of our sails a bit, and from then I had to settle for just completing laps because I wasn't able to push hard in the races.

"That said there's a lot of positives for us to take away, and we have some good data going forward. It's been great for the team to bond this weekend and we've worked really well together. Now I can't wait to get back on the bike in a few weeks at Oulton Park where I'll be on the Superstock for the official test."

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