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Johnson Impresses With Supersport Privateer Cup Win

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Shannon Johnson and the ESG/Woodstock Bourbon/Procon Team have won the Australian Motorcycle News Supersport Privateer Cup after a solid performance at Phillip Island on the weekend on board the Honda CBR600RR.
Shannon Johnson with his privateer of the year trophies. Photo Credit's: Keith Muir
Regardless of missing the first two rounds of the series, Johnson was able to wrap up the Privateer's Cup prior to the final round with a number of top three finishes behind factory riders Bryan Staring and Jamie Stauffer. Johnson finished 4th overall at the final round with his best result being a snd in the race two. "We didn't quite get the result we set out to achieve this weekend. We did achieve what we set out to do when we started our campaign back at round three of the championship though, we set out to prove that a privately owned run and engineered team with no factory backing can; with the right people beat the factories and give hope to the many current privateers and for the many more to follow," the Victorian based rider said. "We ended up fourth in the championship after missing the first two rounds of the championship and giving away six months worth of testing to only end up 10 points from an outright championship podium is a true testament to the amazing people involved with the Evolution Sports Group. A team that I'm very fortunate and proud to be a part of, not just this year but for a number of years to come. "The team really did give me everything I needed to achieve top results each and every time I went out for a race and I can't thank them all enough. "I also can't thank all my sponsors, supporters, fans, and my beautiful family for their amazing support in a year that really did give me the lowest of lows and the highest of highs. "A year I won't forget for many reasons, most of all for good ones. "In the coming week I will inform you of my exact plans for 2010, I can tell you I'm very excited about it," Johnson concluded. Honda Australia's General Manager, Motorcycles, Tony Hinton was glowing in his praise of Johnson's efforts. "Shannon was very impressive this year, and kept the CBR600RR at the pointy end of the field in just about every race he competed in," he said. "It was great to see Shannon back on a Honda this year after a winning a title on one of our bikes back in 2002." "We congratulate the entire Team on their win and wish them all the best for the 2010 season."

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