Three competitors at the 200mph North West 200 motorbike racing event were fitted with heart sensors to gauge the stress put on their bodies.
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Johnston had had little time to familiarize himself with the Ducati 1199 Panigale leading up to the North West 200, but an eighth place qualifying position had given him confidence going into the race.
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British Superbike veteran Karl Harris has switched to Ducati power for this year's North West 200 and will stand in for Lee Johnston on the Moto Rapido Sport 1199 Panigale in the Superstock and Superbike races next weekend.
Harris' PR Kawasaki squad weren't able to field a bike for him at this year's first roads international but he will now use Lee Johnston's bike as the Ulsterman is still injured. He tested the bike yesterday at Kirkistown.
‘I have never ridden a Ducati before but the Panigale seemed very strong for a Superstock machine," said Harris, who will race the bike in four outings - the Superstock event on Thursday evening and again in Saturday’s Superstock race as well as both Superbike events on race day.
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