HAR­RI­SON’S FLY­ING START AT SPRING CUP

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On a week­end of near Arc­tic weather and car­nage at Oliver’s Mount, Dean Har­ri­son main­tained a steady head to take vic­tory in the 600cc and Su­per­bike events at the Spring Cup.

A huge pile-up dur­ing the fea­ture race, that left last year’s Ju­nior Manx Grand Prix win­ner Billy Red­mayne with se­ri­ous in­juries, forced the aban­don­ment of the meet­ing with lit­tle more than half of the races run. But 26-year-old Har­ri­son had al­ready posted per­for­mances that in­di­cated how much he has bonded with the Sil­i­cone Engi­neer­ing Kawasaki ZX-10R and ZX-6R that he will race in 2016.

“I am hap­pier now than I’ve been for years,” the Brad­ford man said. “I’m back on a Kawasaki which makes me feel much more con­fi­dent. I feel mint, I’m fit­ter than I’ve ever been and the bikes are good.”

Har­ri­son suf­fered a tor­rid 2015 with the new R1 in the North­ern Ire­land­based Mar-train Yamaha squad. He may have ended on a high by win­ning last year’s Gold Cup race but it was a case of too lit­tle, too late with the R1 for the York­shire­man. A se­ries of con­fi­dence-sap­ping crashes had left him hun­gry for change.

“I did have some big offs last year and if I fall and it’s my fault, I’ll tell you it’s my fault,” Har­ri­son says.

DEAN HAR­RI­SON

“If I lose a race be­cause I made a mis­take I’ll tell you. But last year I fell off a cou­ple of times and still to this day I don’t know what hap­pened. That’s what I didn’t like about the bike, it was un­pre­dictable.”

Now re­united with the Kawasaki ZX-10R, Har­ri­son is at home with the new ver­sion of the bike he rode in RC Ex­press livery in 2014.

“It’s not head and shoul­ders above the pre­vi­ous model but they have re­fined it in ev­ery way,” he says.

“I am only on my stock bike this week­end, as my su­per­bike isn’t fin­ished yet. It’s good to get some laps in around here and see what she can do at a road race.”

His new sur­round­ings have given Har­ri­son re­newed con­fi­dence go­ing into this year’s TT.

“I want to progress from last year which can’t be too hard given that I didn’t fin­ish a race last year,” he smiles.

“The plan is to go back to the pre­vi­ous year when I was on Kawasakis. I want to see some che­quered flags and progress and progress and progress. I’ve got to get my 132mph lap. We did 130 on the Yamaha, so I think we can re­fine that to get an­other two mph from the Kawasaki. It’s a big ask but if I did 131 plus I’d be happy. I think you have got to do 131 plus to get on the podium so if I can do that, the job’s a good ’un.”

TT con­tender, Lee John­ston was also hos­pi­talised af­ter crash­ing out of the Spring Cup race at Me­mo­rial on Sun­day. The Ecc/bur­dens BMW rider was taken to hospi­tal with leg in­juries with his team re­ported that he has bruis­ing and torn mus­cles.

‘I want to progress on last year which can’t be too hard given I didn’t fin­ish a race last year’

Har­ri­son showed ri­vals the way at Scar­bor­ough on his new Sil­i­cone Engi­neer­ing ZX-10R

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