Johnson, Metcher, Martin lead Australia’s Phillip Island Classic team - Bikesport News

Johnson, Metcher, Martin lead Australia’s Phillip Island Classic team

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David Johnson, Jed Metcher and Steve Martin will lead Team Australia in the 2020 Phillip Island Classic battle which looks likely to see the return of a British squad.

Johnson was the dominant force in 2018 and arrives at Phillip Island off the back of victory in the Superbike Classic TT in August at the Isle of Man, and podiums in the Macau GP and a Superstock TT podium in June.

Metcher is also well-qualified at Phillip Island, winning the International Challenge crown in 2016 (with the UK’s Jeremy McWilliams) while everyone’s favourite pensioner Martin was the individual winner last year.

“Winning the 2019 International Challenge is something I’m so proud of, and to continue racing against some of the biggest names in history at the event sparks my passion,” said Martin.

“The best part is it’s a different rider and bike combo that seems to come to the fore each year, so everyone’s a threat.

“I’m really starting to get the goose bumps as we close in on 2020 because every year it gets just that bit tougher.

“And I just love the event where people can get up nice and close to the bikes and are free to wander through the pits.”

Also on the grid for the locals will be Aaron Morris, Alex Phillis, Beau Beaton, Cam Donald, Craig Ditchburn, Scott Webster and John Allen.

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