Irish Road Racer Lee Johnston need to find new machinery the next year after his team announced they will not compete in 2017 season. He currently rides for East Coast Racing Team run by Phil Reed.
Phil Reed said that he is going to take a break from motorcycle sponsorship due to personal and business commitments. Statement from the team is, "After seven years of involvement in motorcycle sponsorship, with memorable results at all the major international road races, East Coast Racing will take a break from competition.
"Due to business and personal commitments, Phil reed will cease to run a privateer team with immediate effect. Phil will continue to support Lee on a personal level next season wherever he may decide his future lies."
2016 was a difficult season for Johnston. He had several injuries from crashes at Scarborough and the Ulster Grand Prix. But in 2015, the road racer took a hat-trick of wins at the 2015 Ulster Grand Prix and also secured a Superstock success at the same North West 200 in the same year. He finished third in the Superstock class at the Isle of Man TT recording his first 130mph lap around the Mountain Course.